Computer Science


Program Description

With computers becoming both more advanced and more essential to business, there is no better time to consider a career in computer science. Our Computer Science Department is here to prepare you to work in computer programming and for transfer to state colleges and universities for further study in computer sciences or information science. This curriculum offers you both the theory and practical experience for entry-level positions of employment. There are computer courses for non-science majors as well as science majors.

The Computer Science curriculum meets the Data Processing Management Association mode curriculum for undergraduate computer information systems education.

Computer Science for Transfer

AS-T Degree The Associate in Science in Computer Science for Transfer degree (AS-T) program provides students with a strong foundation in Computer Science. Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate an ability to analyze problems and craft appropriate algorithmic solutions; apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline; interpret data, think critically and apply the scientific method; research and assess new ideas and information; and interpret technical information, as well as listen effectively to, communicate orally with, and write clearly for a wide range of audiences.

The Associate in Science in Computer Science for Transfer degree (AS-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a major deemed similar by a CSU campus. Students earning an associate degree for transfer and meeting the CSU minimum transfer admission requirements are guaranteed admission with junior standing to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Upon transfer, students will be required to complete no more than 60 additional prescribed units to earn a bachelor’s degree.

To earn the Associate in Science in Computer Science for Transfer degree, students must complete 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, including both of the following:

  • completion of all courses required for the major with grades of “C” or better; and
  • completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

NOTE: The California State University General Education Breadth pattern (CSU GE) is NOT an option for this degree.

It is highly recommended that, prior to transferring, students complete courses that satisfy the CSU United States History, Constitution and American Ideals graduation requirement. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

C.S.: Computer Science Concentration

A.A. or A.S. Degree For those who plan to major in computer science and transfer to a university, our Computer Science concentration is an excellent option. The curriculum in the Computer Science concentration prepares students for transfer to many university Computer Science degree programs. If you have aspirations for a high-paying, prestigious career in the computer field, this is your first step.

C.S.: Management Information Systems Concentration

A.A. or A.S. Degree From spreadsheets to customer databases, today’s businesses have plenty of programs needed to run their daily operations. The Management Information Systems concentration puts special emphasis on development, installation and maintenance of business software applications. Become an expert in running the software that runs your company.

C.S.: Embedded Systems Concentration

Certificate Computers may be the heart of today’s technology, but microprocessors are at the heart of every computer. The Embedded Systems concentration will prepare you for entry-level programming positions in companies that manufacture products that have embedded microprocessors. What is it that makes a computer work? In this concentration, you’ll soon find out.

C.S.: Web Programming Concentration

Certificate Would you like to learn how create and manage your own website? Today’s businesses are always on the lookout for expert webpage designers, and you can become one now, too. The Web Programming Concentration will prepare you for a career in Web design, access, and implementation, and for writing programs that can be run from the Internet.

Last updated December 2017

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