CIST – Computer Information Systems Technology Course Requirements

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All Computer Information System classes require the following:

Microsoft Office 365.  As a currently enrolled Wiregrass student, you have free access to Microsoft Office 365.

Requirements are subject to change as technologies and vendors make improvements.  WGTC is not responsible for changes and updates required by Blackboard, JBL, TestOut, CompTIA, CISCO, Microsoft, etc. 


  • Processor Type: Intel Core i3, i5, i7, i9 or AMD Ryzen 5, 7, 9, Threadripper 
  • Processor Speed: 3.0 GHz or better
  • Hard Disk: Solid State Drive (preferred) 
  • Free Hard Disk Space: 1GB for the LabSim or Citrix client
  • Additional Disk Space up to 20 GB per course
  • Memory DDR4 (RAM): 4 GB minimum, 8GB+ (recommended) 
  • Monitor: Super VGA
  • Video Card: Super VGA w/ 1024 MB of video RAM (2048 MB or more recommended)
  • Horizontal x Vertical Resolution: 1280 x 1024
  • Sound Card: Win8/Win10/Mac OSX -supported


  • Windows 10 64 bit (preferred), Windows 8 64 bit (minimum), Macintosh OS X (10.12, or later).
  • Browser: Chrome 63 or later, Firefox 57 or later, Safari 12.0 or later; Safari 12+ or later; Edge 42 or later, Windows Media Player, Microsoft.Net Framework, Microsoft Silverlight PDF Reader (Adobe), as required. 

Internet Connection:

  • DSL or Cable (3.0 Mbps minimum, 20Mbps+ recommended)

In addition to the above requirements the following courses require:

CIST 1122 Hardware Installation and Maintenance
CIST 1130 Operating Systems Concepts
CIST 1401 Computer Networking Fundamentals
CIST 2411 Microsoft Client
CIST 2412 Microsoft Server Directory Services
CIST 2413 Microsoft Server Infrastructure
CIST 2414 Microsoft Server Administrator
CIST 2601 Implementing Operation Systems Security
CIST 2602 Network Security
CIST 2611 Implementing Internet/Intranet Firewalls
CIST 2612 Computer Forensics
CIST 2613 Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing

  • Virtual Lab Software (non-refundable) required.
  • Final Exams proctored or taken on campus.



CIST 1510 Web Development

  • Brackets – modern text editor.



CIST 1530 Web Graphics I

CIST 1540 Web Animation I

CIST 2531 Web Graphics II (Adobe Photoshop)

CIST 2541 Web Animation

  • Students will be required to maintain an Adobe Creative Cloud account with access to Adobe Photoshop for this class.



CIST 2550 Web Development II

  • Visual Studio Express 2013 for Web



CIST 2730 Introduction to 3D Animation
CIST 2731 Intermediate 3D Animation
CIST 2733 3D Graphics for Gaming I
CIST 2734 3D Graphics for Gaming II

  • Students need to download the latest (free) version of Unreal Engine for home use.
  • Students will be required to maintain an Adobe Creative Cloud account with access to Adobe Photoshop for this class.



CIST 2921 IT Analysis/Design/Project

  • Microsoft Project 2013; Microsoft Visio 2013

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