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Computer Science: A.S.

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Associate in Science

CIP Code: 11.0701


The mission of the Computer Science Associate in Science program is to prepare students for successful transfer into a four-year Computer Science Program, by educating them in Programming, advanced Math and SUNY General Education requirements. By providing a well-rounded educational experience with small classes and attentive faculty, students will obtain the fundamental skills in computer architecture, structured and object-oriented programming, problem solving, as well as the critical thinking, analysis and reasoning skills from advanced level mathematics courses. Students will be well-prepared to transfer into a baccalaureate program and obtain careers in computer science.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of algorithms, data structures, software design, concepts of programming languages, and computer organization and architecture, and an awareness of the evolution and dynamic nature of the foundational core of computer science.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to analyze and solve computing problems.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of discrete mathematics, differential and integral Calculus, and probability and statistics.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in written form, and work in a team environment.
  5. Demonstrate familiarity with basic concepts, emerging technologies, and contemporary issues relating to the societal impacts of computing.

Program Supervisor

Julie Cooley, Chairperson
Office: Applied Technology Building, Room 011A
Telephone: +1 (607) 778-5277
E-mail:  cooleyjl@sunybroome.edu

The Computer Science program leads to an Associate in Science degree and prepares students for transfer to a four-year college or university.

The Computer Science program provides a firm grounding in the fundamentals of Computer Science which involves a variety of topics such as computer architecture, programming languages, object-oriented programming and applications.  Mathematics also plays a key role in Computer Science.  Computer Scientists are problem solvers and need strong critical thinking skills and must be able to apply these to a variety of challenging problems and situations.  These skills will be important in their further studies as well as in their chosen computer science career.

Students completing the Computer Science program are well-prepared for transfer to four-year institutions and generally transfer with junior status.

First Year

Spring Semester (16 Credits)

  • General Education Diversity: Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Elective (3 Credits)
  • General Education Elective (3 Credits)
    (from category not taken yet in: Diversity: Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice, US History and Civic Engagement, World Languages, World History and Global Awareness, Social Sciences, or The Arts)

Second Year

Fall Semester (17 Credits)

  • General Education Elective (3 Credits)
    (from category not yet taken in: Diversity: Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice, US History and Civic Engagement, World Languages, World History and Global Awareness, Social Sciences, or The Arts)

Graduation Requirement: 63 Credits

On-Line Course Recommendations

It is recommended that all students taking online courses through a CMS (Course Management System) should have high-speed Internet connections. The software used by online students may come bundled with the course textbook, and/or be available online. Some online courses will require a student to purchase the software necessary to complete the course.

Computer Recommendation

A student seeking a career in the computer programming profession should have a home computer with an Internet connection. Students will have to have access to a computer and internet in order to write programs, analyze problems, make presentations, and write reports and submit assignments in online courses. Many assignments cannot be completed without access to a computer. While the College provides access to computers, in open labs, these labs are not available at all times. Students are strongly urged to purchase a computer that can run the current version of Microsoft Windows, has at least two processing cores with speeds of at least 2.8 GHz, with 4 GB of RAM memory, and a 250 Gigabyte hard drive. The Computer Science Department currently uses Microsoft Visual Studio.NET as its main development environment.


The program may take more than two years to complete depending on a student’s academic background. Preparatory courses are offered for students not meeting entry requirements into the regular Computer Science program. Courses taken to meet prerequisite requirements will not count as credit towards the Computer Science degree. Students can attend full-time or part-time, both day and evening.

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