Associate in Science Computer Science Emphasis to ASU

Computer Science
Become a Student

Program Information

Learn more about the Computer Science program.

General Help

Ask general questions at our support center.

Print icon

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!

Details

Details icon Important information you’ll need when applying to MCC:

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Science (AS)
Academic Plan Code
8600
Total Credits Required
62–74
Catalog Year
2018-2019

Transfer Pathways

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer pathway options.

A list of available transfer options for the Computer Science Emphasis to ASU 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)

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.

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Computer Network Architects $99,240
Computer Programmers $80,500
Computer Systems Analysts $88,480
Database Administrators $86,240
Information Security Analysts $83,720
Network and Computer Systems Administrators $77,160
Software Developers, Systems Software $102,620
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

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 should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
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 Credits
16-21
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4–5
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
CSC110 or
CSC110AA or
CSC110AB
Introduction to Computer Science (Java) or Introduction to Computer Science (Java) Course carries CS Value 3–4
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication Meets the SB Requirement 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 Strategies for College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16-19
MAT230 or
MAT231
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II or Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4–5
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 Course carries CS Value 3–4
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
or
PHY121 or
BIO181 or
PHY115
(General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) or University Physics I: Mechanics or General Biology (Majors) I or University Physics I 4–5
ECE102 Engineering Analysis Tools and Techniques 2

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
17
MAT241 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 4
MAT227 Discrete Mathematical Structures 3
CSC120 or
EEE120
Digital Design Fundamentals or Digital Design Fundamentals 4
(CHM152 and
CHM152LL)
or
PHY131 or
BIO182
(General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Laboratory) or University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism or General Biology (Majors) II Course carries SQ Value or Course carries SG Value 4
ECE103 Engineering Problem Solving and Design 2
Meet with Transfer Specialist

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
13-17
CSC230 or
EEE230
Computer Organization and Assembly Language or Computer Organization and Assembly Language 4
CSC240 or
CSC240AA
Introduction to Different Programming Languages or Introduction to Different Programming Languages 3–4
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 & (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
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Meets the L requirement 0–3
Completion of Associate in Science and TheArizona General Education Curriculum-Science (AGEC-S)
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 Credits
7-9
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4–5
CSC110 or
CSC110AA or
CSC110AB
Introduction to Computer Science (Java) or Introduction to Computer Science (Java) Critical course Gateway course Course carries CS Value 3–4

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7-9
MAT230 or
MAT231
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II or Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4–5
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 Course carries CS Value 3–4

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
8
CSC120 or
EEE120
Digital Design Fundamentals or Digital Design Fundamentals 4
MAT241 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 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 Credits
6-10
CSC240 or
CSC240AA
Introduction to Different Programming Languages or Introduction to Different Programming Languages 3–4
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Meets the L requirement 0–3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-7
ECE102 Engineering Analysis Tools and Techniques 2
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
or
PHY121 or
phy115 or
BIO181
(General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) or University Physics I: Mechanics or University Physics I or General Biology (Majors) I 4–5

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
ECE103 Engineering Problem Solving and Design 2
(CHM152 and
CHM152LL)
or
PHY131 or
BIO182
(General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Laboratory) or University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism or General Biology (Majors) II 4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
MAT227 Discrete Mathematical Structures 3
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

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication Meets the SB 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 Credits
3
HU or (HU and L) Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) Course or any Humanities, Arts & Design course that meets the L if not already met 3

Ready to get started?

Follow one of the options below to get started on your personal career pathway.

Become a Student

Click here for MCC’s easy-to-use Enrollment Steps.

Program Information

Learn more about and find contact information for the Computer Science program.

General Help

Ask general questions over the phone at 480-461-7400 or via online chat.

Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

This Course Sequence is a “shared” program or a program that is offered at multiple Maricopa colleges. The colleges offering the program collaborate on the sequencing of the courses. However, since each college may differ in course scheduling and faculty availability, Course Sequences may vary by college, but should not impact program applicability or transfer.

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 (https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/as1819.pdf).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.