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Associate in Computer Science

General information for all A.C.S. degree seekers

The Associate in Computer Science (A.C.S.) degree is a pre-professional curriculum designed to inspire students for transfer to a four-year college or university that offers a BS or BA degree in Computer Science. In contrast, various Associate in Applied Science degrees in Computer Science prepare students for immediate employment in more specialized, practical fields.

The required and elective Computer Science, Math, and Science courses in this degree are typical of requirements for the first two years of a four-year program that follows guidelines established by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). These ACM-style degree programs provide the theoretical foundation and programming experience that forms the basis of academic Computer Science.

Academic four-year Computer Science degrees address essential skills future soft- ware developers need for computer programming, network design, and database management.

Individual degree requirements vary at each four-year college or university. Students should check with the transfer school or speak to an advisor or counselor to ensure selection of the right classes for transfer credit. By design, the ACS degree electives are sufficiently flexible to accommodate a wide range of transfer options.

Degree Requirements

The Associate in Computer Science degree requires completion of the requirements for all degrees listed under Degree Graduation requirements, plus specific course requirements described below

Associate in Computer Science

A.C.S. Computer Science (PDF)

General Education Requirements
ENGL 101 Composition and Reading I 3
ENGL 102
ENGL 215
Composition and Reading II or
Technical Writing
COMM 100 Fundamentals of Speech 3
American Institutions: (Choose one of the following):
HIST 120 United States History to 1865 3
HIST 121 United States History since 1865
POLS 136 Introduction to U. S. National Politics
Sciences (one course with lab):
BIOL 101 General Biology 5
BIOL 104 General Botany
BIOL 106 General Zoology
BIOL 110 Human Anatomy
CHEM 111 General College Chemistry I
PHYS 130 General Physics I
PHYS 220 Engineering Physics
Western Civilization (Choose one of the following):
HIST 133 Foundations of Western Civilization 3
HIST 134 Modern Western Civilization
Social Sciences: (Choose one of the following):
ANTH 100 General Anthropology 3
ANTH 110 Cultural Anthropology
ECON 210 Macroeconomics
ECON 211 Microeconomics
PSYC 140 General Psychology
SOCI 160 Sociology
Humanities (Choose one of the following):
ENGL 218 Introduction to Literature 3
ENGL 220 British Literature to 1750
ENGL 221 British Literature 1750 to Present
ENGL 222 American Literature to 1860
ENGL 223 American Literature 1860 to Present
ENGL 268 Women's Literature
PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 200 Logic
PHIL 203 Ethics
Humanities Appreciation:
ARAB 101, ART 108, ART 150, ART 151, CHIN 101; All French, All German, All Spanish, MUSI 108, MUSI 160, THEA 106, SIGN 101, SIGN 102 3
Total General Education Credit Hours 29
Program Requirements
CSIS 123 Programming Fundamentals 3
CSIS 223 Object-Oriented Programming or 3
CSIS 222 Object-Oriented Programming with Java
MATH 180 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 5
Program Electives
Choose from these courses with at least 6 hours having a CSIS designator. Consult with an advisor to determine the best options for transfer:
CSIS 143 Database Design and Management 21
CSIS 152 Linux Operating System
CSIS 221 Introduction to Computer Architecture
CSIS 228 Advanced Web Development
CSIS 250 Assembly Language Programming
CSIS 265 .NET Web Programming with C#
CSIS 271 Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis
CSIS/MATH 141 Discrete Structures for Computer Science I
CSIS/MATH 241 Discrete Structures for Computer Science II
MATH 115 Statistics
MATH 150 Precalculus
MATH 190 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
MATH 210 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III
PHYS 220 Engineering Physics I
PHYS 221 Engineering Physics II
Total Credit Hours Required 61