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Greg Differding

Phone: (619) 660-4039


Computer & Information Science

Frequently asked questions

Please browse through the following Frequently Asked Questions. If you can't find the answer you need, fill out the CIS Information Request.


How do I apply?
You can apply online or in person:

Cuyamaca College
Admissions and Records
900 Rancho San Diego Parkway
El Cajon, CA  92019-4304

(619) 660-4000
What classes should I take?
Many students take courses listed in a degree or certificate program. Our course list links to details that can help you understand course content and prerequisites. Our Counseling Department offers support and advice, and you can also contact a CIS Instructor for advice.
Can I use a lab computer when I'm not in class?
Most instructors allow visitors to sit in the back of the room during class, and we also have open lab hours. You need to be a current CIS student. See our lab policies for more information.
Can I challenge or skip a class?
You may be able to replace a course with another that is more challenging. Modification of Major forms are available in the counseling office and must be signed by the CIS Department Coordinator.



Can I apply online?
You can apply at Cuyamaca College online at the California Community Colleges Online Application Center.

Once you are enrolled, you can use WebAdvisor to sign up for classes.
How does it work?
Instead of attending lectures on campus, online students use the web site, textbooks, and lab activities to learn. Students are responsible for reading the web site and completing all class activities. Your teacher will answer questions and give feedback via the web site and e-mail.
You mean I don't have to come to class?
That's right! The only required meetings are an orientation before the semester begins (see the college schedule) and the final exam. For most people, an online course feels like more work than a face-to-face course. The good news is that you get to pick your work times and setting.
So what do I need to be an online student?
Here's what you need to be able to succeed:
  • Access to a computer with the course software installed.
  • Internet access (Web and e-mail).
  • Ability and willingness to work independently.
  • Solid experience with Internet and with Windows. (Can you troubleshoot problems? Can you browse the web and send an e-mail attachment?)
  • It REALLY helps to like reading and writing.
  • You'll need to participate in the course communication. Check e-mail regularly-- daily is best.
How do I get graded?
You'll get assignments by e-mail or on the Web site with instructions for turning in the work. Usually, you'll e-mail something or upload your work, complete an online quiz, or participate in web-based discussion.
You'll be required to come to class for the final exam.
Do you have any tips for online students?
  • Keep up with the class. The biggest problem online students have is gradually falling behind. You may lose points when assignments are late, and you may be dropped from the class if you get more than 4 assignments behind.
  1. Schedule 5-10 hours per week to focus on the class. Don't think that that you don't need to make time for class just because you're not on campus.
  2. Work with a small group, either in-person or via phone or e-mail.
  3. Contact your instructor when you have questions or problems.


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This web site is supported by Carl D. Perkins VTEA IC funds through the System. Office, California Community Colleges,
Grant #08-C01-020

Revised  May 13, 2014
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