Associate in Science, Computer Science

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.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Write programs in a variety of programming languages and computing environments. (CSC110++, CSC/EEE120, CSC205++, CSC/EEE230, CSC240++, ECE102)
  • Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics to model situations in a variety of disciplines. (CSC110++, CSC/EEE120, CSC205++, CSC/EEE230, CSC240++, ECE102)
  • Analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution. (CSC110++, CSC/EEE120, CSC205++, CSC/EEE230, CSC240++, ECE102, ECE103, CRE101)
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a software solution to meet required specifications. (CSC110++, CSC/EEE120, CSC205++, CSC/EEE230, CSC240++, ECE102, CRE101)
  • 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. (CSC110++, CSC/EEE120, CSC205++, CSC/EEE230, CSC240++, ECE102, ECE103)
  • Demonstrate creativity, adaptability, and flexibility in solving problems. (CSC110++, CSC/EEE120, CSC205++, CSC/EEE230, CSC240++, ECE102, ECE103, MAT227, MAT230, MAT231, [FYC], [SQ], (COM))
  • Apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity. (CSC110++, CSC/EEE120, CSC205++, CSC/EEE230, CSC240++, ECE102)
  • Demonstrate ethical reasoning and professional conduct in computing disciplines. (CSC110++, CSC/EEE120, CSC205++, CSC/EEE230, CSC240++, ECE102, ECE103, [FYC], (COM))
  • Collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds to accomplish a common goal. (CSC110++, CSC/EEE120, CSC205++, CSC/EEE230, CSC240++, ECE102, ECE103, [FYC], [SQ], (COM), CRE101)
  • Effectively communicate with a variety of audiences orally, visually, and in writing. (CSC110++, CSC/EEE120, CSC205++, CSC/EEE230, CSC240++, ECE102, ECE103, [FYC], [SQ], (COM), CRE101)
  • Demonstrate the ability to learn and adapt in a constantly evolving technical environment. (CSC110++, CSC/EEE120, CSC205++, CSC/EEE230, CSC240++)

Details

Major Code: 
8601
Award: 
Associate in Science, Computer Science
Total credits required: 
60-64
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:21-24
CSC110Introduction to Computer Science (Java) (3) OR
CSC110AAIntroduction to Computer Science (Java) (3) OR
CSC110ABIntroduction to Computer Science (Java) (4)3-4
Students intending to transfer to NAU should take CSC110AB.
CSC/EEE120Digital Design Fundamentals (4)
CSC205Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures (3) OR
CSC205AAObject Oriented Programming and Data Structures (3) OR
CSC205ABObject Oriented Programming and Data Structures (4) OR
CSC205ACObject Oriented Programming and Data Structures (4) OR
CSC205ADObject Oriented Programming and Data Structures (4)3-4
Students intending to transfer to NAU should take CSC205AB OR CSC205AC OR CSC205AD.
CSC/EEE230Computer Organization and Assembly Language (4)
MAT227Discrete Mathematical Structures3
MAT230Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (5) OR
MAT231Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4)4-5
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-13
Complete all courses in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64).
Subplan 1: Arizona State University: Computer Science, Bachelor of Science (any emphasis)
CSC240Introduction to Different Programming Languages (3) OR
CSC240AAIntroduction to Different Programming Languages (4)3-4
ECE102Engineering Analysis Tools and Techniques2
ECE103Engineering Problem Solving and Design2
MAT240Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (5) OR
MAT241Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4)4-5
Subplan 2: Northern Arizona University: Computer Science, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
MAT206Elements of Statistics3
Subplan 3: University of Arizona: Computer Science, Bachelor of Science
Foreign Language Credits:0-10
Complete a language course at the elementary level (102 or equivalent), including American Sign Language II with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ any ARB/Arabic course OR
CHI+++ any CHI/Chinese course OR
FRE+++ any FRE/French course OR
GER+++ any GER/German course OR
ITA+++ any ITA/Italian course OR
JPN+++ any JPN/Japanese course OR
SPA+++ any SPA/Spanish course OR
SLG+++ any SLG/Sign Language0-10
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-SCredits: 30-46
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).

A single course with both the [HU] and [L] designations may be used to satisfy both of these areas.

A single course with both the [SB] and [L] designations may be used to satisfy both of these areas.
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.
Recommend selecting a course that satisfies [L] and [SB] or [L] and [HU] or [L] and [COM] or [L] and CRE101 requirements simultaneously.
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 4-5
MAT220Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5) OR
MAT221Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4)4-5
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Students must complete eight (8-10) credits of General Chemistry, University Physics or General Biology for Majors.
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry I (4)
AND
CHM152General Chemistry II (3) AND
CHM152LLGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory (1) OR
CHM152AAGeneral Chemistry II (4)8-9
OR
PHY115University Physics I (5) AND
PHY116University Physics II (5) OR
PHY121University Physics I: Mechanics (4) AND
PHY131University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (4)8-10
OR
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I (4) AND
BIO182General Biology (Majors) II (4)8
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Historical [H] or Global awareness [G] area.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with an Academic Advisor.
Recommended for students intending to transfer to NAU to choose from the following list of courses. Each of these courses will partially fulfill the Mathematics or Natural Sciences elective requirements or the Technical electives requirement at NAU:
MAT240Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (5) OR
MAT241Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4)4-5
MAT276Modern Differential Equations (4) OR
MAT277Modern Differential Equations (3)3-4
BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO205Microbiology4
CHM230Fundamental Organic Chemistry (3) AND
CHM230LLFundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)4
CHM235General Organic Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM235LLGeneral Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)4
CHM236General Organic Chemistry IIA (3) AND
CHM236LLGeneral Organic Chemistry IIA Laboratory (1)4
Recommended for students intending to transfer to ASU to select 4 to 5 credits from the following courses (except those courses used to fulfill the Natural Sciences requirements of the AGEC-S):
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I4
BIO182General Biology (Majors) II4
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1)5
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I5
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1)4
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry4
CHM152General Chemistry II (3) AND
CHM152LLGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory (1)4
CHM152AAGeneral Chemistry II4
GLG101Introduction to Geology I - Physical Lecture (3) AND
GLG103Introduction to Geology I - Physical Lab (1)4
GLG102Introduction to Geology II - Historical Lecture (3) AND
GLG104Introduction to Geology II - Historical Lab (1)4
PHY115University Physics I5
PHY116University Physics II5
PHY121University Physics I: Mechanics4
PHY131University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism4

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list 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.