Computer Science, Associate of Science

Get an Exciting Job in the Tech Industry

Are you good in math and science and want to know how computer systems work? Have you ever wondered how computers store data or how artificial intelligence helps find Internet information faster or makes games better or how computers have changed society? Would you like to learn how to write your own programs and applications?

San Jacinto College’s Associate of Science (AS) in Computer Science may be the right program for you! It is designed to prepare graduates for transfer to universities to complete computer information system or computer science bachelor’s degrees.

Students also may seek an occupational certificate, certificate of technology, or an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Application Programming.

Other computer-related areas of study include Website Applications Development, Desktop Support and Microsoft Networking, Cisco Networking, and Information Technology Security.

Some of the programming courses will be accepted for transfer to certain schools, but students should check with an educational planner for more details on course transferability.

Career Opportunities

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Architecture & Engineering
  • Database Management Systems
  • Graphics Systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction 
  • Operating Systems & Networking
  • Programming Systems
  • Scientific Computing
  • Security

Earning Potential

Software developer (applications) - $108,4081

Software developer (systems software) - $102,4351

Database administrator - $92,2501

Computer hardware engineer - $109,6041

Computer systems analyst - $98,6781

Web developer - $74,5331

Information security analyst - $101,3821

Computer programmer - $89,0241

Computer and information systems managers - $150,3521

The Associate of Science (AS) degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year or upper-level college or university and major in mathematics, one of the sciences (biology, chemistry, geology, physics, biotechnology, or related field), engineering, or computer science. For more information, students may refer to the Core Curriculum and Field of Study sections of the catalog. The AS degree differs from an Associate of Arts (AA) degree in the amount or level of mathematics and science required for degree completion. The College requires a minimum of 12 hours of mathematics, 12 hours in science, or 12 hours in computer sciences beyond the core requirement for the degree. Please note the Field of Study AS degree options contain state-required courses recommended for the degree.

Students seeking an AS degree should take science courses designed for majors rather than courses for non-majors. Science courses designed for allied health students are not intended for academic transfer toward a science major.

Students choosing to pursue an AS degree should select from the following areas of study: life science, physical science, computer science, engineering, or mathematics. Courses designed for non-majors (BIOL 1308 Biology for Non-Science Majors I (lecture)/BIOL 1108 Biology for Non-Science Majors I (lab), BIOL 1309 Biology for Non-Science Majors II (lecture)/BIOL 1109 Biology for Non-Science Majors II (lab),  CHEM 1305 Introductory Chemistry I (lecture)/CHEM 1105 Introductory Chemistry I (lab), and GEOL 1301 Earth Sciences for Non-Science Majors I (lecture)/GEOL 1101 Earth Sciences for Non-Science Majors I (lab) do not apply to an AS degree. The College recommends these courses for the AA degrees.

All Campuses
2COSCI

Transfer Path
COSC 1336
COSC 1337
Programming Fundamentals I
and Programming Fundamentals II
6
Select six credits of the following:6
Programming Fundamentals III
Computer Organization
Calculus I
Calculus II
University Physics I (lecture)
and University Physics I (lab)
University Physics II (lecture)
and University Physics II (lab)
Total Credits12
Institutional Option
Select one of the following:3
Learning Framework
Learning Framework
Academic elective (if successfully completed GUST 0305)
Select one of the following:3
Business Computer Applications
Integrated Software Applications I
Academic elective (if student passes the computer literacy exam)
Communications
Select two of the following:6
Composition I (required)
Composition II
Technical and Business Writing
Mathematics
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Plane Trigonometry
Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences 1
Calculus for Business and Social Sciences 1
Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) 1
Elementary Statistical Methods (Statistics)
Linear Algebra
Differential Equations
Pre-Calculus Math
Calculus I
Calculus II
Life and Physical Sciences (Natural Science)
Select two of the following: 26
Biology for Science Majors I (lecture)
Biology for Science Majors II (lecture)
General Chemistry I (lecture)
General Chemistry II (lecture)
Historical Geology (lecture)
Environmental Science (lecture)
College Physics I (lecture)
College Physics II (lecture)
University Physics I (lecture)
University Physics II (lecture)
Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities)
Select one of the following:3
British Literature I
British Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
World Literature I
World Literature II
Forms of Literature: Literature and Film
Mexican American Literature
Human Geography
World Civilization I
World Civilization II
Introduction to the Humanities I
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics
Creative Arts (Fine Arts)
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
Art History I (Prehistoric to the 14th century)
Art History II (14th century to the present)
Dance Appreciation
Theater Appreciation
Film Appreciation
Music Appreciation
Music Literature
American Music
American History
Select two of the following:6
United States History I
United States History II
Texas History
Mexican American History I
Mexican American History II
Government/Political Science
Select two of the following:6
Federal Government (Federal Constitution and Topics) 3
Texas Government (Texas Constitution and Topics) 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Archaeology
General Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
World Regional Geography
Introduction to Political Science
Western Civilization I
Western Civilization II
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Minority Studies
Component Area Option
Select two of the following: 46
Introduction to Speech Communication
Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Business and Professional Speech
Introduction to Physical Fitness and Wellness
Beginning Chinese I
Beginning Chinese II
Beginning French I
Beginning French II
Beginning German I
Beginning German II
Beginning American Sign Language I
Beginning American Sign Language II
Beginning Spanish I
Beginning Spanish II
Total Credits48

Other courses that may be used in this component may include any Core Curriculum course that has not been used to fulfill a previous component.

If a student successfully completes San Jacinto College’s 42-hour Core Curriculum, that block of courses must be substituted for the receiving institution’s core curriculum. The receiving institution may not require a student to take additional Core Curriculum courses to meet the requirements of the core. Students who transfer without completing the Core Curriculum shall receive academic credit in the core curriculum of the receiving institution for each of the courses the student has successfully completed in the San Jacinto College Core Curriculum.

Students should plan Core Curriculum courses that would meet baccalaureate degree requirements at the four-year institution.

If you do not see your transfer school, please follow the Plan of Study. For more information, contact an Admissions Advisor. Please speak to an advisor at San Jacinto College and the transfer institution to ensure this Transfer Plan is accurate and complete.

Computer Science

Transfer Plans

  • UH Main - Computer Science, BSUniversity of Houston - Main CampusFull Time

    UH Main - Computer Science MAP

    For college-ready students seeking a Computer Sciences AS at San Jacinto College, transferring to UHM seeking a BS in UH Main - Computer Science.

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    Plan of Study Grid
    2018
    Fall Term 1Credits
    BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications 3
    COSC 1336 Programming Fundamentals I 3
    ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
    MATH 2413 Calculus I 4
    PSYC 1300 Learning Framework 3
     Credits16
    Spring Term 1
    ARTS 1303 Art History I (Prehistoric to the 14th century) 3
    COSC 1337 Programming Fundamentals II 3
    ENGL 1302 Composition II 3
    HIST 1301 United States History I 3
    MATH 2414 Calculus II 4
     Credits16
    Fall Term 2
    COSC 2336 Programming Fundamentals III 3
    GOVT 2305 Federal Government (Federal Constitution and Topics) 3
    PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy 3
    PHYS 2125 University Physics I (lab) 1
    PHYS 2325 University Physics I (lecture) 3
    SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology 3
     Credits16
    Spring Term 2
    COSC 2325 Computer Organization 3
    GOVT 2306 Texas Government (Texas Constitution and Topics) 3
    HIST 1302 United States History II 3
    PHYS 2126 University Physics II (lab) 1
    PHYS 2326 University Physics II (lecture) 3
     Credits13
     Total Credits61
  • UH Main - Computer Science, BSUniversity of Houston - Main CampusPart Time

    UH Main - Computer Science MAP

    For college-ready students seeking a Computer Sciences AS at San Jacinto College, transferring to UHM seeking a BS in UH Main - Computer Science.

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    Plan of Study Grid
    2018
    Fall Term 1Credits
    COSC 1336 Programming Fundamentals I 3
    ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
    PSYC 1300 Learning Framework 3
     Credits9
    Spring Term 1
    COSC 1337 Programming Fundamentals II 3
    ENGL 1302 Composition II 3
    MATH 2413 Calculus I 4
     Credits10
    Fall Term 2
    ARTS 1303 Art History I (Prehistoric to the 14th century) 3
    COSC 2336 Programming Fundamentals III 3
    MATH 2414 Calculus II 4
     Credits10
    Spring Term 2
    BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications 3
    COSC 2325 Computer Organization 3
    PHYS 2125 University Physics I (lab) 1
    PHYS 2325 University Physics I (lecture) 3
     Credits10
    Fall Term 3
    GOVT 2305 Federal Government (Federal Constitution and Topics) 3
    HIST 1301 United States History I 3
    PHYS 2126 University Physics II (lab) 1
    PHYS 2326 University Physics II (lecture) 3
     Credits10
    Spring Term 3
    GOVT 2306 Texas Government (Texas Constitution and Topics) 3
    HIST 1302 United States History II 3
    PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy 3
    SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology 3
     Credits12
     Total Credits61
  • UHCL - Computer Science, BSUniversity of Houston - Clear LakeFull Time

    UHCL - Computer Science MAP

    For college-ready students seeking a Computer Sciences AS at San Jacinto College, transferring to UHCL seeking a BS in UHCL - Computer Science.

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    Plan of Study Grid
    2018
    Fall Term 1Credits
    COSC 1336 Programming Fundamentals I 3
    ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
    PSYC 1300 Learning Framework 3
     Credits9
    Spring Term 1
    COSC 1337 Programming Fundamentals II 3
    ENGL 1302 Composition II 3
    MATH 2413 Calculus I 4
     Credits10
    Fall Term 2
    ARTS 1303 Art History I (Prehistoric to the 14th century) 3
    COSC 2336 Programming Fundamentals III 3
    MATH 2414 Calculus II 4
     Credits10
    Spring Term 2
    BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications 3
    COSC 2325 Computer Organization 3
    PHYS 2125 University Physics I (lab) 1
    PHYS 2325 University Physics I (lecture) 3
     Credits10
    Fall Term 3
    GOVT 2305 Federal Government (Federal Constitution and Topics) 3
    HIST 1301 United States History I 3
    PHYS 2126 University Physics II (lab) 1
    PHYS 2326 University Physics II (lecture) 3
     Credits10
    Spring Term 3
    GOVT 2306 Texas Government (Texas Constitution and Topics) 3
    HIST 1302 United States History II 3
    PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy 3
    SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology 3
     Credits12
     Total Credits61
  • UHCL - Computer Science, BSUniversity of Houston - Clear LakePart Time

    UHCL - Computer Science MAP

    For college-ready students seeking a Computer Sciences AS at San Jacinto College, transferring to UHCL seeking a BS in UHCL - Computer Science.

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    Plan of Study Grid
    2018
    Fall Term 1Credits
    COSC 1336 Programming Fundamentals I 3
    ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
    PSYC 1300 Learning Framework 3
     Credits9
    Spring Term 1
    COSC 1337 Programming Fundamentals II 3
    ENGL 1302 Composition II 3
    MATH 2413 Calculus I 4
     Credits10
    Fall Term 2
    ARTS 1303 Art History I (Prehistoric to the 14th century) 3
    COSC 2336 Programming Fundamentals III 3
    MATH 2414 Calculus II 4
     Credits10
    Spring Term 2
    BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications 3
    COSC 2325 Computer Organization 3
    PHYS 2125 University Physics I (lab) 1
    PHYS 2325 University Physics I (lecture) 3
     Credits10
    Fall Term 3
    GOVT 2305 Federal Government (Federal Constitution and Topics) 3
    HIST 1301 United States History I 3
    PHYS 2126 University Physics II (lab) 1
    PHYS 2326 University Physics II (lecture) 3
     Credits10
    Spring Term 3
    GOVT 2306 Texas Government (Texas Constitution and Topics) 3
    HIST 1302 United States History II 3
    PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy 3
    SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology 3
     Credits12
     Total Credits61

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