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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, Computer Science (AS)
Academic Plan Code
8601
Total Credits Required
60-64
Catalog Year
2019-2020
Transfer Partner
University of Arizona
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.

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 more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Computer Network Architects

$101,542

Computer Programmers

$79,117

Computer Systems Analysts

$90,152

Computer User Support Specialists

$47,244

Database Administrators

$89,134

Information Security Analysts

$85,548

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

$80,039

Applications Software Developers

$96,318

Systems Software Developers

$101,312

* 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 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 Course carries MA Value 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 Course carries SB Value 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
14-17
MAT230 or
MAT231
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II or Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Course carries MA Value 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
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 Course carries SQ Value 4–5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
18-19
Language Any 101 Level Language Course 4
MAT227 Discrete Mathematical Structures 3
CSC120 or
EEE120
Digital Design Fundamentals or Digital Design Fundamentals Course carries CS Value 4
HU or (HU & L) Any Humanities, Arts, & Design Course or any Humanities, Arts, & Design Course that meets the L requirement 3
(CHM152 and
CHM152LL)
or
PHY131 or
PHY116 or
BIO182
(General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Laboratory) or University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism or University Physics II or General Biology (Majors) II Choose the same prefix as the first SQ taken 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 Credits
14
CSC230 or
EEE230
Computer Organization and Assembly Language or Computer Organization and Assembly Language 4
CRE101 or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or If CRE101 Exempt, complete an elective Course carries L Value 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
Language Any 102 Level Language Course 4
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
MAT230 or
MAT231
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II or Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Course carries MA Value 4–5
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Course carries FYC Value 3
CSC205AB Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
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
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
4
CSC120 or
EEE120 or
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
or
BIO181 or
PHY121
Digital Design Fundamentals or Digital Design Fundamentals or (General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) or General Biology (Majors) I or University Physics I: Mechanics Course carries CS Value 4

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
MAT227 Discrete Mathematical Structures 3
(CHM152 and
CHM152LL)
or
BIO182 or
PHY131
(General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Laboratory) or General Biology (Majors) II or University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism 4

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
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 CRE101 exempt 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
HU OR (HU & L) Any Humanities, Arts, & Design Course or any Humanities, Arts, & Design Course that meets the L requirement if L not met already 3
Language Any 101 Level Language Course 4

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
Language Any 102 Level Language Course 4
HU or (HU & L) Any Humanities, Arts, & Design Course or any Humanities, Arts, & Design Course that meets the L requirement 3

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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.

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 8/16/2019
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019