Computer Science - A.S.

Associate Dean, STEM Division

Department Chair

Associate in Science Degree, Transfer Program

Students in the Computer Science program are educated in the design and implementation of system software. The program provides the first two years of a baccalaureate computer science degree with transfer options that include: scientific programming, systems programming, systems design, computer engineering, and other computer-related disciplines. Graduates of computer science programs commonly seek employment with computer manufacturers or software houses that specialize in system software.

Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles, and theories relating to computer science; understand and demonstrate the structure of mathematics in its relation and application to computer science; apply knowledge and skills to solve problems effectively and efficiently; communicate effectively with a range of audiences; and understand the professional, ethical, security and social issues and responsibilities in computer science.

Although it is not a requirement, basic keyboarding skills (minimum BUOT 1061 or equivalent) would enhance the chance of success in this program. Since programs at transfer colleges vary greatly, it is essential that students meet early with their adviser in order to select appropriate electives.

The State University of New York (SUNY) requires students who intend to receive a bachelor’s degree from a SUNY college to complete at least 30 credit hours in specific general education areas. Students in this program who plan to transfer to a SUNY college can meet 21 credits of the general education requirement. For more specific information about this requirement, refer to SUNY General Education Requirement and see an adviser for program assistance.

High school or equivalent preparation required: biology, chemistry or physics and four years of mathematics, including algebra, geometry or intermediate algebra, trigonometry, and pre-calculus. Students who don’t have this preparation will be able to get it here, but it may take longer to complete the program.