2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    Oct 02, 2023  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Engineering and Systems (AS-Track 2) Course Map

Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field and for transfer to a four-year institution. It provides you a clear path to complete your degree by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets degree requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. If you want to change a course on this map you must speak with an advisor to assure you meet all degree requirements. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time. While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete an Associate in Science (AS-T) Degree Track 2 Degree Requirements , you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

Important note about transfer: colleges and universities may change their requirements at any time, so this map is not a guarantee of transfer. You will need to check transfer requirements with your intended four-year school. 

Action Item: Work with CS Faculty and/or CIS/CNE Navigator

Please work with the CIS/CNE Navigator or faculty member to discuss pathway options in the information technology (IT) field.

1. College Success

  • Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.


  • Note: The College Success course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following. Your advisor will assist you in selecting either the 3- or 5- credit version of the course. Should you choose to repeat a College Success course you must enroll in a College Success course with the same credit amount as the original course; a COLLG 110 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 110 course and a COLLG 115 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 115 course. 

2. Introduction to Computer Information Systems

3. Math Course Recommendation

Take one course per quarter until sequence is finished.

Action Item: Meet with CS Advisor

Use your Success Network!  In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps. 

4. English Composition I

  • Course purpose: Clear and strategic written communication with others is a central feature of this career field.


  • Note: Your advisor will assist you in reviewing your Guided Self Placement and selecting either the 5-credit or the 7-credit co-requisite ENGL& 101 + ENGLC 101 course. 

5. Chemistry Course Recommendation

Choose both

6. Introduction to Statistics

  • Course purpose: This class is necessary to enable you to critically analyze, assess, collect, manipulate, and interpret data covering many aspects of system performance from program execution to throughput to efficiency, etc.

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go!  It is time to apply for graduation.  Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details.  https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation

7. Physics Course Recommendation

Take one course per quarter until sequence is finished.

8. Introduction to Communications

9. Survey of Economics

  • Course purpose: Computer networks operate through cooperation and competition of businesses.  As a specialist in this field you should be aware of the underlying social and economic gains and losses as a result of the development of large computer networks. 

10. General Psychology

11. Computer Science I

  • Course purpose: The first in a two quarter course focusing on structured and procedural programming. Topics include the basics of computer hardware, programming, loops, conditionals, methods, program design, debugging, flow charts, pseudo-code, and object-oriented programming. No prior programming experience is required but is highly recommended. This is a second year course.

12. Computer Science II

  • Course purpose: Introduction to Object Oriented Programming (OOP). Application of the concepts of inheritance, polymorphism, abstraction and encapsulation. Addresses classes, objects, recursion, basic data structures and abstract data types. Utilize maintainability, and reusability techniques. Introduce effective object-oriented programming, code versioning and error handling. This is a second year course. 

Total Credits 106