2018-2019 Pierce College Catalog 
    May 19, 2024  
2018-2019 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science (AA-DTA) Course Map

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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 of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)  Degree, 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: Meet with CIS/CNE Navigator or Faculty Member

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.

2. Math Course Recommendation

Take one course per quarter until sequence is finished.

3. English Composition I

  • Course purpose: Clear and strategic communication with others is a central feature of all computer science careers. The skills learned in ENGL 101 are foundational for later course work and beyond.

Action Item: Meet with 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. Introduction to Sociology

  • Course purpose: Since computer application development and the programs created have potential for world-wide and cross cultural impacts, foundation knowledge in social systems and cultures can provide the basis for better understanding for the creation of interaction between the user and computer software.

5. Introduction to Communications

  • Course purpose: Enhanced communications understanding and abilities can provide the foundation for the development of better interaction and creation of digital tools to facilitate a user in learning and working with applications programs.

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.

7. English Composition II

8. Introduction to Computer Information Systems

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

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9. Survey of Economics

  • Course purpose: Computer science students will gain an appreciation of the role of information systems in economic issues. Computer science students will gain an appreciation for the fundamentals of economics and their role as a developer of software systems potentially affecting business or organizations. An understanding of economics can also facilitate an understanding of the necessity for creating efficient interactions and interfaces for potential users.

10. General Psychology

11. Introduction to Philosophy

  • Course purpose: Computer science students can benefit from the study of Philosophy as it provides the opportunity to develop logic, critical thinking, and problem solving strategies and potential multicultural impacts on interface and interaction design.

12. Computer Science I

  • Course purpose: Introduction to the concepts of computer program analysis, design and development using JAVA in modern structured programming methodologies and techniques. Involves structure charts, pseudocode and flowcharts. Common computer program techniques of documentation, testing and validation, and implementation using one or more software development life cycle methodologies, and lab assignments to allow you to interact with computer technology, hardware and concepts.

13. Critical Thinking

14. Computer Science II

15. Physics Course Recommendation

Take one course per quarter until courses are finished.

Total Credits: 103

16. Additional Recommended Course

Adjusted Credit Total: 109

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