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Computer Science

Photo for computer scienceManage and operate complex computer systems.

Computer science graduates are prepared to work in an ever-changing technological world. Job opportunities with highly competitive salaries are open in computer system architecture, programming, training, management, and operational specialties in all areas of the economy: retailing, banking, manufacturing, agriculture, service, education, and government, as well as computer manufacturing and software development.

Contact Gregory Ferencko, Anne Hafer, David Straayer, Martin Hock, and Chris Willett : Faculty Advisors in Computer Science, for more information contact Greg Ferencko.

Program Description

TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year college computer science program (college-level courses) as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level computer science courses.

Degree Options: Associate in Science degree with a Computer Science Specialization (PDF)

Program Planning

Preparation: While in high school, students should pursue all the available courses in mathematics, physics and computer programming.

Recommended Class Schedule: We suggest the following schedule of classes for students who wish to major in Computer Science and earn the Associate of Science degree (college transfer).

First Year

MATH& 151
ENGL& 101
MATH& 152
MATH& 153
Social Science
Science Elective*

Second Year

MATH 220
PHYS& 221
CS 142 or elective**
MATH 2xx or elective**
PHYS& 222
CS 142 or elective**
MATH 2xx or elective**
PHYS& 223
CS 143

*Science elective should be chosen from the natural sciences distribution list. Computer engineering students must take CHEM& 161 as their science elective.

**One elective course must be chosen among MATH 238, or MATH& 254. Students planning to attend UWT should take MATH& 146 as an elective course. Students planning to attend UW Seattle should take MATH& 254 as an elective course.

  • Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.
  • The humanities and social science courses must be chosen from the humanities and social science distribution course lists. At least one of these courses should also appear on the multicultural course list.
  • Students should consult their transfer institution to determine if there are additional requirements.
  • PE activity courses cannot be used as elective courses.
  • A maximum of 5 credits of electives can be from courses that do not appear on any basic requirement or distribution list for the Associate of Arts and Science degree. Such courses must be approved by a computer science advisor.

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