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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 (AS)
Academic Plan Code
8600
Total Credits Required
60-65
Catalog Year
2018-2019
Transfer Partner
Northern Arizona University
Transfer Program
Computer Science (Bachelor of 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.

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
16-18
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 (HU) Course or any course that carries both the Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) and Literacy and Critical Inquiry (L) values 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
15-17
MAT230 or
MAT231
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II or Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4–5
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 4
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
or
CHM150 or
PHY115 or
PHY121 or
BIO181
(General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) or General Chemistry I or University Physics I or University Physics I: Mechanics or General Biology (Majors) I 4–5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
14-17
CSC120 or
EEE120
Digital Design Fundamentals or Digital Design Fundamentals Course carries CS Value 4
CRE101 or
MAT240 or
MAT241 or
MAT276 or
MAT277 or
BIO201 or
BIO202 or
BIO205 or
CHM230 or
CHM236
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or 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 Complete CRE101 unless exempt.
CRE101 Course carries L Value.
3–5
(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 4–5
HU or (HU & L) Any Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) Course or any Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) Course that meets the L requirement if CRE101 exempt If CRE101 was not completed in previous term, select an HU course that also meets the L requirement 3
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
MAT206 Elements of Statistics Course carries CS Value 3
CSC230 or
EEE230
Computer Organization and Assembly Language or Computer Organization and Assembly Language 4
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
MAT227 Discrete Mathematical Structures 3
Completion of Associate in Science and The Arizona 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) 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
7-8
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
MAT230 or
MAT231
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II or Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4–5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
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 Course carries CS Value 4
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-8
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication Meets the SB Requirement 3
CRE101 or
MAT240 or
MAT241 or
MAT276 or
MAT277 or
BIO201 or
BIO202 or
BIO205 or
CHM230 or
CHM236
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or 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 Complete CRE101 unless exempt or Course carries SG Value 3–5

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
CSC120 or
EEE120
Digital Design Fundamentals or Digital Design Fundamentals Course carries CS Value 4
HU or (HU and L) Any Humanities, Arts, & Design Course or any Humanities, Arts, & Design Course that meets the L requirement if CRE101 exempt 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7-8
MAT227 Discrete Mathematical Structures 3
CHM150 or
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
or
PHY115 or
PHY121 or
BIO181
General Chemistry I or (General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) or University Physics I or University Physics I: Mechanics 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
7-8
CSC230 or
EEE230
Computer Organization and Assembly Language or Computer Organization and Assembly Language 4
(CHM152 and
CHM152LL)
or
BIO182 or
PHY131 or
PHY116
(General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Laboratory) or General Biology (Majors) II or University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism or University Physics II 3–4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
SB or (SB and 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
HU or (HU & L) Any Humanities, Arts, & Design Course or any Humanities, Arts, & Design Course that meets the L requirement not met 3
Meet with a transfer specialist

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
3
MAT206 Elements of Statistics Course carries CS Value 3
Completion of Associate in Science and The Arizona General Education Curriculum-Science (AGEC-S)

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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.