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Computer Science Transfer Pathway (AS) - 60 credits

Why Choose Computer Science?

The Computer science program prepares you to work on computing problems and solutions. The program will also keep you updated on current trends with computers, and give you skills for a variety of areas within the field.

Skills Acquired

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Computer science programs include topics such as:

  • Computer theory
  • Computer system design
  • Computer development and programming
  • Computer applications

Careers in Computer Science

Projected Job Growth

Here is the projected job growth for a variety of professions that use skills from Computer Science (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics):

Computer and information research scientists is projected to grow 15% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations
Computer network architects is projected to grow 15% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations
Computer programmers is projected to grow 8% from 2012 to 2022
Computer support specialists is projected to grow 17% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations
Computer systems analysts is projected to grow 25% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations;
Database administrators (DBAs) is projected to grow 15% from 2012 to 2022
Information security analysts is projected to grow 37% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations
Network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow 12% from 2012 to 2022
Software developers is projected to grow 22% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations
Web developers is projected to grow 20% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

 

Types of Jobs

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The following is a list of careers in Computer Science:

  • Computer and Information Research Scientists
  • Computer Network Architects
  • Computer Programmers
  • Computer Support Specialists
  • Computer System Analysts
  • Database Administrators
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Network and Computer System Administrators
  • Software Developers
  • Web Developers

 

Average State Pay

The average median national pay for the following positions are (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics):

Computer and Information Research Scientists - $102,190 ($49.13 per hour)
Computer Network Architects - $91,000 ($43.75 per hour)
Computer Programmers - $74,280 ($35.71 per hour)
Computer Support Specialists - $48,900 ($23.51 per hour)
Computer System Analysts - $79,680 ($38.31 per hour)
Database Administrators - $77,080 ($37.06 per hour)
Information Security Analysts - $86,170 ($41.43 per hour)
Network and Computer System Administrators - $72,560 ($34.88 per hour)
Software Developers - $93,350 ($44.88)
Web Developers - $62,500 ($30.05 per hour).

 

Description

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Computer science programs prepare people to work on computing problems and solutions. These programs are sometimes called computer information and science or computer science and engineering.

Degrees & Certificates in Computer Science

The Associate of Science Degree in Computer Science is designed to give the student sufficient knowledge to enter the job market as a programmer. In addition, it will provide the student with a sound foundation in courses which are commonly the core of baccalaureate programs in computer science and will enable the student to transfer to a four-year institution.

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The Computer Science Transfer Pathway (AS) offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Computer Science bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities.* The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status.  All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs in a related field. 

*Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

Core Courses - 28 credits

Code Title Credits
CSCI 1101 Introduction to Computing and Problem Solving 4
CSCI 1111 Introduction to Programming in C 4
CSCI 2001 Computer Programming Concepts 4
CSCI 2002 Algorithms and Data Structures 4
CSCI 2021 Machine Architecture and Organization 4

Complete one of the following courses:

Code Title Credits
CSCI 2011 Discrete Structures of Computer Science 4
MATH 2011 Discrete Structures of Computer Science 4

Complete one of the following courses:

Code Title Credits
CSCI 1202 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming in C++ 4
CSCI 1203 Introduction to Computer Programming in Java 4
CSCI 2033 Elementary Computational Linear Algebra 4
MATH 2033 Elementary Computational Linear Algebra 4

Additional Required Courses - 32 credits

Code Title Credits
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
COMM 1100 Introduction to Human Communication 3
or COMM 1101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
or COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3
MATH 1510 Calculus 1 5

Complete a minimum of 20 additional credits from at least 4 of the MnTC Goal Areas: 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 in order to have completed courses from at least 6 of the 10 goal areas.

(Check with your transfer institution for specific requirements)

Other Degree Requirements

  • If needed, complete additional courses to reach 60 credits total.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.

Coursework in this degree program satisfies a portion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Please see MnTC Degree Audit Report.

The University of Minnesota is not part of this transfer pathway agreement. Students who wish to transfer to the University of Minnesota should check with the admissions office at the University of Minnesota for current degree requirements, and plan to include MATH 1520, PHYS 1121, and PHYS 1122 or CHEM 1061.