Computer Science Associate in Science

The Computer Science program is designed to address problems in organizing, representing, manipulating, and presenting information in an automatic processing environment. Computerized information systems are being developed and used in almost every field where information must be processed. The goal of the Computer Science program is to provide understanding of the functions of the modern computer and operational skills in programming. The following list is a sample of the many career options available for the computer science major. While a few require an associate degree, most require baccalaureate degrees and some require a graduate degree: programmer, computer hardware specialist, data base specialist, computer operator, systems analyst, programmer analyst, software engineer, and instructor.

Student Learning Outcome
Identify, evaluate, analyze, and present fundamental software solutions and their applications.
Computer Science Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T)
The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an “associate degree for transfer”, a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete:
1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
a. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Requirements.
b. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
Associate Degrees for Transfer also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.
This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. At the time of catalog publication, a student may earn an AS-T in Computer Science. Additional majors are being developed. Please see a counselor or visit for more information.
Student Learning Outcome
Identify, evaluate, analyze, and present fundamental software solutions and their applications.