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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Computer and Information Technology

Computer scientists make today’s world go round. They’re responsible for making businesses more efficient, games more entertaining, and socializing more accessible. Studying computer science will give you context behind and expertise in a subject you’re already at ease using every day — technology.

MCC’s courses in computer programming, information security, local area networks, and application and system software design offer in-depth exploration into different computer languages and technical skills. This pathway will help prepare you for a career as a computer programmer, systems analyst, software developer, or network architect. Get started today!

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

Transfer Options

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer options.

A list of available transfer options for the Computer Science Emphasis program
Transfer Partner Degree Type Transfer Program
Arizona State University Bachelor of Science Computer Science
Arizona State University Bachelor of Science Computer Science (Information Assurance)
Arizona State University Bachelor of Science Computer Science (Software Engineering)
University of Arizona Bachelor of Science Computer Science
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Science Computer Science

What You’ll Learn

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

  • Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics to write a program to model situations in a variety of disciplines.
  • Analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a program to meet required specifications.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate creativity, adaptability, and flexibility in solving problems.
  • Apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.
  • Demonstrate ethical reasoning and professional conduct in computing disciplines.
  • Collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds to accomplish a common goal.
  • Effectively communicate with a variety of audiences orally, visually, and in writing.

Career Opportunities

In an increasingly technology-driven society, computer scientists are needed in every industry. With an education in computer science, you can choose to put your skills to use in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors.

Successful completion of the Associate in Science, Computer Science program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

$81,974

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

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 placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD 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. The options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

All the pathway map options 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, term credit totals, and any associated details will be automatically updated.

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 area 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) 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 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 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 area 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) 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 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
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

Pathway Map Option Details

No pathway map option has been selected. Please select from the pathway map options listed above.

Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3 ECE102 Engineering Analysis Tools and Techniques 2
3 MAT240 or
MAT241
Calculus with Analytic Geometry III or Calculus with Analytic Geometry III MA 4–5
4 CSC240 or
CSC240AA
Introduction to Different Programming Languages or Introduction to Different Programming Languages 3–4
4 ECE103 Engineering Problem Solving and Design 2
4 BIO181 or
BIO182 or
CHM150 or
CHM151LL or
CHM150AA or
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
or
CHM151AA or
(CHM152 and
CHM152LL)
or
CHM152AA or
(GLG101 and
GLG103)
or
(GLG102 and
GLG104)
or
PHY115 or
PHY116 or
PHY121 or
PHY131
General Biology (Majors) I or General Biology (Majors) II or General Chemistry I or General Chemistry I Laboratory or General Chemistry I or (General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) or General Chemistry I or (General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Laboratory) or General Chemistry II or (Introduction to Geology I - Physical Lecture and Introduction to Geology I - Physical Lab) or (Introduction to Geology II - Historical Lecture and Introduction to Geology II - Historical Lab) or University Physics I or University Physics II or University Physics I: Mechanics or University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism SQ or SG or SQ or SQ or SQ or SQ or SQ or SQ or H, SG and SG or SQ or SQ 1–5


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

University of Arizona, Bachelor of Science

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the University of Arizona, Bachelor of Science option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3 Language Any 101 Level Language Course If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5
4 Language Any 102 Level Language Course If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. 3–5


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Science

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Science option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
1 CSC110AB Introduction to Computer Science (Java) CS 4
2 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 CS 4
3 MAT240 or
MAT241 or
MAT276 or
MAT277 or
BIO201 or
BIO202 or
BIO205 or
CHM230 or
CHM236
Calculus with Analytic Geometry III or Calculus with Analytic Geometry III or Modern Differential Equations or Modern Differential Equations or Human Anatomy and Physiology I or Human Anatomy and Physiology II or Microbiology or Fundamental Organic Chemistry or General Organic Chemistry IIA MA or SG or SG or SG or SQ 3–5
3 (CHM230 and
CHM230LL)
or
(CHM235 and
CHM235LL)
or
(CHM236 and
CHM236LL)
(Fundamental Organic Chemistry and Fundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory) or (General Organic Chemistry I and General Organic Chemistry I Laboratory) or (General Organic Chemistry IIA and General Organic Chemistry IIA Laboratory) Strongly recommended by NAU but not required SQ 0–4
4 (CHM230 and
CHM230LL)
or
(CHM235 and
CHM235LL)
or
(CHM236 and
CHM236LL)
(Fundamental Organic Chemistry and Fundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory) or (General Organic Chemistry I and General Organic Chemistry I Laboratory) or (General Organic Chemistry IIA and General Organic Chemistry IIA Laboratory) Strongly recommended by NAU but not required SQ 0–4
4 MAT206 Elements of Statistics CS 3
4 (CHM230 and
CHM230LL)
or
(CHM235 and
CHM235LL)
or
(CHM236 and
CHM236LL)
(Fundamental Organic Chemistry and Fundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory) or (General Organic Chemistry I and General Organic Chemistry I Laboratory) or (General Organic Chemistry IIA and General Organic Chemistry IIA Laboratory) Strongly recommended by NAU but not required SQ 0–4


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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.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

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).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019