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Computer Science Associate of Science

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Courses are displayed to show the fastest path to your degree and should be completed in the order listed. If you are unable to complete all courses listed in a semester, complete as many courses in this sequence as your schedule allows. If you have questions or concerns about your MAP, please see your Pathways Advisor.

Program Description

This Associate of Science (AS) degree program in Computer Science is designed for students transferring to a four-year university to complete their Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science. Students explore programming and computer sciences. Students will learn about writing and testing code as well as programming such as C++, Java, or other programming languages. Career paths may vary but include software engineering and development positions in various sizes of businesses, corporations or public institutions. The AS degree in Computer Science prepares students to complete the second half of a BS in Computer Science at a four-year university.

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First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
MAT 201Calculus I: GT-MA1

5

ENG 121English Composition I: GT-CO1

3

CSC 160Computer Science I: (Language)

4

GT- AHPHI 113 or Any GT-AH Course

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Semester Notes: Additional coursework might be required to meet prerequisite requirements for MAT 201. Pre-requisite courses may apply toward elective credit hours.

ENG 131 (GT-CO1) OR ENG 122 (GT-CO2) are required for Colorado School of Mines.

CSC 160 must be selected in consultation with Front Range Community College Pathway Advisors to ensure the course taken is in the preferred programming language. CSC 160 and CSC 161  need to be taken in the same computer language. Additional coursework might be required to meet pre-requisite requirements for CSC 160. Pre-requisite courses may apply toward elective credit hours.

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
MAT 202Calculus II: GT-MA1

5

ENG 122English Composition II: GT-CO2

3

CSC 161Computer Science II: (Language)

4

GT- SSECO 202 or Any GT-SS Course

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Semester Notes: MAT 202 and CSC 165 are required for most CSC programs at most four-year institutions. All four-year institutions will accept both MAT 202 and CSC 165 as either requirements or electives. Please work with your pathways advisor and academic advisor at the intended transfer institution for guidance. If you take other courses instead of MAT 202 and CSC 165, a graduation exception will be required for you to earn an AS Degree in Computer Science.

ENG 131 (GT-CO1) OR ENG 122 (GT-CO2) are required for Colorado School of Mines.

CSC 161 must be selected in consultation with Front Range Community College Pathway Advisors to ensure the course taken is in the preferred programming language. CSC 160 and CSC 161 need to be taken in the same computer language.

Third Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
CSC 165Discrete Structures

4

ELECTIVE MAT 203/204/255 or CSC/MAT Elective Course*

3

CSC 225Computer Arch/Assembly Language

4

GT- SC1PHY 111/211, CHE 111, BIO 111, GEY 111, or Any GT-SC1

4

Total Credit Hours:15

Semester Notes: MAT 202 and CSC 165 are required for most CSC programs at most four-year institutions. All four-year institutions will accept both MAT 202 and CSC 165 as either requirements or electives. Please work with your pathways advisor and academic advisor at the intended transfer institution for guidance. If you take other courses instead of MAT 202 and CSC 165, a graduation exception will be required for you to earn an AS Degree in Computer Science.

*MAT 203/204/255 or CSC/MAT Elective courses: Calculus III (MAT 203 or MAT 204, Linear Algebra (MAT 255 or MAT 266), or one of the following CSC courses: CSC 230, CSC 233, CSC 234, CSC 236 CSC 240, or CSC 241,

Calculus III (MAT 203 or MAT 204is required by Colorado School of Mines. Linear Algebra (MAT 255is required by University of Colorado-Boulder. C++ Programming (CSC 234) is required by Colorado State University.

CSC 225 and CSC 165 are required per this AS degree but transfer as free electives to Colorado School of Mines.

If you take more credits in mathematics and science than are listed, it will reduce the 6 credits of electives needed.

Fourth Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
GT- SC1/2PHY 112/212, CHE 112, BIO 112 or Any GT-SC1/2

3

ELECTIVE CSC 234 or Any Approved Elective List Course

3

GT- HI1HIS 247 or Any GT-HI1 Course

3

GT- AHPHI 112/228 or Any GT-AH Course

3

GT- SSECO 201 or Any GT-SS Course

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Semester Notes: If you take more credits in mathematics and science than are listed, it will reduce the 6 credits of electives needed.

Total Credit Hours: 60

Important Program Notes: Additional coursework might be required to meet prerequisite requirements for MAT 201. Pre-requisite courses may apply toward elective credit hours.

The Computer Science Faculty recommend you take your math courses in consecutive semesters (without taking a semester off, except possibly summer). The math in these courses builds heavily on each other and taking courses in consecutive semesters increases skill retention.

Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), you may complete any GT-CO1 course plus any GT-CO2 course OR any GT-CO2 course plus any GT-CO3 course.  Faculty recommended: ENG 121 (GT-CO1) and ENG 122 (GT-CO2) OR ENG 122 (GT-CO2) and a gtPathways-approved CO3 course (GT-CO3). ENG 131 (GT-CO1) OR ENG 122 (GT-CO2) are required for Colorado School of Mines.

Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), select from GT-SC1 and GT-SC2 courses with at least one GT-SC1 course. GT-SC1 and GT-SC2 courses in sequence (same discipline) are recommended (and may be required depending on the receiving institution). Courses must be selected in consultation with your Front Range Community College Pathway Advisor as well as from the intended transfer institution, if known. Select a minimum of seven credits from GT-SC1 and GT-SC1/2. Additional credits in this area will be applied toward electives. If you are planning to transfer to Colorado School of Mines, select two courses from PHY 111, PHY 112, and CHE 111.

FRCC requires CSC 165 per this AS degree. CSC 165 is a required course for students planning to transfer to Colorado State University, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Colorado-Denver, and University of Northern Colorado. For Colorado School of Mines, students are advised to use any remaining free elective credits to take CHE 111 or PHY 212 (CSC 165 will be accepted in transfer but the other courses are preferred). You should consult your Front Range Community College Pathway Advisor as well as an academic advisor at the intended transfer institution for guidance. If these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit toward graduation. If you are planning to not take CSC 165 and take a different course, you will need to apply for a graduation exceptionPlease check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

If you take more credits in mathematics and science than are listed, it will reduce the 6 credits of electives needed. You must complete 60 credits to earn your Associate of Arts degree. You should not exceed 62 credits. You may want to check with your advisor to monitor your completion progress and select your electives.