Computer Science - AS

The Associate in Science (AS), Computer Science degree provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in computer science. With an associate degree, students may seek employment as a computer user support specialist. With a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue employment opportunities in several careers, including computer network architects, computer programmers, computer systems analysts, database administrators, information security analysts, network and computer systems administrators, and/or software developers in a number of sectors including arts, sciences, manufacturing, engineering, medicine, energy, and security.

Details

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Science (AS)
Academic Plan Code
8601
Total Credits Required
60-64
Catalog Year
2019-2020

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Program Length

The minimum time to complete the Associate of Computer Science degree is four full-time (15-16 credit hours) semesters for students who have no pre-existing college credit and enter able to take Calculus 1.

Program Contacts

Dr. Donna Slaughter, Division Chair
Office: CM-425
Phone: (480) 423-6123
donna.slaughter@scottsdalecc.edu

Patricia Dueck, Program Advisor
Office: CM-429
Phone: (480) 423-6594
patricia.dueck@scottsdalecc.edu

Cody Anderson, Department Coordinator - Engineering
Office: CM-417
Phone: (480) 423-6579
cody.anderson@scottsdalecc.edu

Bill Meacham, Department Coordinator – Computer Science
Office: CM 430
Phone: (480)423-6664
william.meacham@scottsdalecc.edu

Department Office
Office CM-404
Phone: (480) 423-6581

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics to write a program to model situations in a variety of disciplines.
  2. Analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  3. Design, implement, and evaluate a program to meet required specifications.
  4. Apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of software, and demonstrate an understanding of tradeoffs involved in design choices.
  5. Demonstrate creativity, adaptability, and flexibility in solving problems.
  6. Apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.
  7. Demonstrate ethical reasoning and professional conduct in computing disciplines.
  8. Collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds to accomplish a common goal.
  9. Effectively communicate with a variety of audiences orally, visually, and in writing.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

$79,470

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2018.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated.

Additional courses that are specific to your selected option will be highlighted with a blue border. Depending on your selected option, the blue bordered courses may replace the gray bordered courses found in the other options.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CSC110 or
CSC110AA or
CSC110AB
Introduction to Computer Science (Java) or Introduction to Computer Science (Java) or Introduction to Computer Science (Java) Critical course Gateway course CS 3–4
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I MA 4–5
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication Meets the SB Requirement SB 3
HU or (HU and L) Any Humanities, Arts, & Design Course or any course that carries both the Humanities, Arts, & Design and Literacy and Critical Inquiry values 3
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CSC205 or
CSC205AA or
CSC205AB or
CSC205AC or
CSC205AD
Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures or Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures or Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures or Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures or Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures CS 3–4
MAT230 or
MAT231
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II or Calculus with Analytic Geometry II MA 4–5
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Meets the L requirement L 3
CHM150 or
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
or
BIO181 or
PHY115 or
PHY121
General Chemistry I or (General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) or General Biology (Majors) I or University Physics I or University Physics I: Mechanics SQ 4–5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CSC120 or
EEE230
Digital Design Fundamentals or Computer Organization and Assembly Language CS 4
MAT227 Discrete Mathematical Structures 3
(CHM152 and
CHM152LL)
or
BIO182 or
PHY116 or
PHY131
(General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Laboratory) or General Biology (Majors) II or University Physics II or University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism SQ or SG or SQ 4–5
Meet with Transfer Specialist

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CSC230 or
EEE230
Computer Organization and Assembly Language or Computer Organization and Assembly Language 4
HU or (HU & L) Any Humanities, Arts, & Design Course or any Humanities, Arts, & Design Course that meets the L requirement if CRE101 exempt If CRE101 exempt, select any HU course that also meets the L requirement 3
SB or (SB & L) Select a Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) course or any Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) course that meets the L value if L not met already 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CSC110 or
CSC110AA or
CSC110AB
Introduction to Computer Science (Java) or Introduction to Computer Science (Java) or Introduction to Computer Science (Java) Critical course Gateway course CS 3–4
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I MA 4–5
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CSC205 or
CSC205AA or
CSC205AB or
CSC205AC or
CSC205AD
Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures or Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures or Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures or Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures or Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures CS 3–4
MAT230 or
MAT231
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II or Calculus with Analytic Geometry II MA 4–5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CSC120 or
EEE120
Digital Design Fundamentals or Digital Design Fundamentals CS 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CSC230 or
EEE230
Computer Organization and Assembly Language or Computer Organization and Assembly Language 4

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT227 Discrete Mathematical Structures 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Meets the L requirement L 0–3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CHM150 or
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
or
BIO181 or
PHY115 or
PHY121
CHM150 or (General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) or General Biology (Majors) I or University Physics I or University Physics I: Mechanics SQ 4–5

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
(CHM152 and
CHM152LL)
or
PHY116 or
PHY131 or
BIO182
(General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Laboratory) or University Physics II or University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism or General Biology (Majors) II SQ or SG 4–5
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication SB 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU or (HU & L) Any Humanities, Arts, & Design Course or any Humanities, Arts, & Design Course that meets the L requirement if CRE101 exempt If CRE101 exempt, select any HU course that also meets the L requirement 3
SB & (SB and L) Select a Social and Behavioral (SB) course or any Social and Behavioral (SB) course that meets the L requirement if L is not already met 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits

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Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Science in Associate in Science, Computer Science (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=134145).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.