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Computer Science and Technologies Degree, Computer Science Area of Concentration

Associate of Arts



If you want to transfer to a four-year degree program in computer science or acquire skills in computer software development for scientific and technical applications, this computer science degree track may be for you.

The courses in the program provide an academic core of the theoretical concepts of computer science combined with the fundamentals of structured design and development techniques for computer programming.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Apply logical skills and mathematical concepts to analyze, design and implement computer algorithms and programs.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a high level programming language.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in current design techniques, i.e. Object Oriented Design.

Program Advising 

Available Fully Online
Complete this degree or certificate on your schedule, from anywhere with an internet connection, by taking all your classes online. Find out more about online learning.
Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process.

Transfer Opportunities

This track will prepare students to transfer to a four-year university with a major in computer science. Not all courses will transfer to all institutions; consult an advisor or the transfer institution before selecting elective courses. See transfer information by major


For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required. Use the Career and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. See links below chart for further guidance and/or connect with a Program Advisor to discuss career goals.

Career possibilities include computer science teacher, computer systems engineer/architect, computer/information research scientist, web administrator, mobile developer, and game programmer. Some may require a bachelor's degree.

  • MC Student Employment Services: Speak with the Student Employment Specialist for help with resume writing, interviewing, setting up a College Central Network (CCN)new window account and other job search topics.
  • Career Coach: Explore Career Coach to learn more about this career and/or discover related majors and in-demand careers based on your current interests! Take a Career Assessment and then browse careers and job opportunities in the area.


Suggested Course Sequence: Computer Science

A suggested course sequence for students follows.

  • All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor.
  • Find out about related programs and course in the Fields of Study section.
  • Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.
  • All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.

Suggested Course Sequence

Students should complete the required English and Math foundation courses within the first 24 credit hours. All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

* ENGL 101/ENGL 101A, if needed for ENGL 102/ENGL 103, or elective. Please consult an advisor or transfer institution for assistance with course selection.

** Behavioral and Social Science Distribution (BSSD) courses must come from different disciplines.

† Program elective courses are any CMSC or DATA course, 200 level World language course, MATH 117, MATH 165, MATH 280, MATH 282, MATH 284. See department advisor for elective or equivalent course substitution if appropriate. Not all CMSC courses transfer to all institutions. Please consult an advisor or the transfer institution before selecting program elective courses.

††  Please consult an advisor or the transfer institution before selecting General Education institutional requirements (GEIR).

AA and AS programs require one global and cultural perspectives (GCP) General Education course.

This program can be completed either on campus or online.


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