Length of Program: 90 Credits Completion Award: A.A. Degree
The 90 credit Associate in Arts transfer degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepare students for entrance into a Bachelor of Arts or Science in Computer Science or Computing and Software Systems. Students interested in computer hardware and hardware design or a B.S. degree in Computer Science with a year of physics should consider the AS-T in Computer and Electrical Engineering. Computer Science or Software Systems is also an excellent major for graduate work in computer science, engineering, business, and law.
Computer Science — What is it?
Computers are an integral part of modern society. People interact with computers and technology on a daily basis using hardware and operating systems, computer software and communication systems, databases, interactive games, educational software and videos. Computer Science programs require a solid foundation in math and science. B.S. degrees typically require advanced study in math, science and computer science courses. B.A. programs include basic computer knowledge and skills and often provide opportunities for multidisciplinary studies, application and specialization in areas such as architecture, engineering, music, mathematics, art, computer animation, computer graphics, science and business. Degrees with titles such as “Information Systems” and “Information Technology” usually focus on applied technical skills, such as learning to use existing products and methods for business purposes.
Areas of Study in Computer Science:
Computer Programming, Computer Networking, Algorithms and Data Structures, Operating Systems, Software Development and Design, Computer Graphics, Computer Animation, Databases, Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence and Professional Ethics.
Career Opportunities — What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science?
Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Computing and Software Systems have far reaching opportunities in the computer career field, working as computer programmers, network specialists, systems and data communication analyst, software and hardware engineers, technical consultants and educators. Depending on the position, wages are typically strong ranging from $40,000 to well over $100,000 a year.
Potential employers include:
Computer Software and Hardware Companies, Software Publishers, Businesses and Consulting Firms, Entertainment Industry, Schools, Health Care Agencies and Manufacturing Companies. For more, please visit Career Counseling.
Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?
An Associate Degree from Shoreline makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. Please visit our transfer agreements page for a list of those options. For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree called the AA-DTA. For international students, Shoreline also has conditional admission agreements that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.