Computer Science Associate Degree Program

The curriculum in the Computer Science Associate Degree program is designed to provide the transfer student the opportunity to achieve an Associate degree. While a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering a major in computer science, earning the associate degree would demonstrate achievement and may support attempts to gain entry-level employment or promotion.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking skills in the analysis of a variety of programming problems.
  • Create a correctly functioning program from a previously designed solution to a given programming problem.
  • Complete a programming project with multiple programs, working individually and as part of a group.

Curriculum

Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.

Required Courses:

Course ID Title Units
CS 1A Introduction to Computer Science 5
CS 1B* Introduction to Programming 5
CS 1C* Advanced Programming 4
CS 1D* Data Structures 5
CS 3A* Computer Organization and Machine Language 4
CS 3B* Computer Organization and Assembly Language 4
MATH 3A* Analytic Geometry and Calculus 5
MATH 3B* Analytic Geometry and Calculus 5
Select from Restricted Electives 4
Total Units for the Major 41

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description in the college catalog.

 

Restricted Electives:

Course ID Title Units
CS 4A* Introduction to Java for Computer Science 4
CS 4B* Advanced Topics in Java for Computer Science 4
ET 114* Digital Electronic Circuits 4

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description in the college catalog.

 

Associate in Science Degree

Completion of all courses listed above and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate in Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.

Suggested coursework not required for the major: MATH 3C, 24, 26.