Computer Science A.S.

The Program (HEGIS Code 5101)

This program is designed to prepare the student for transfer to a college or university offering a baccalaureate program in computer science or mathematics. This program is for students who are interested in computers and their applications and have an aptitude for mathematics and science. Students who are enrolled in this program attend hands-on laboratories associated with most computer courses.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have three to four years of high school mathematics and three years of science.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Computer Science program with an A.S. degree will meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Develop skills in analysis and design.
  • Develop the ability to develop programs using a structured approach.
  • Develop the ability to develop programs using an object-oriented approach. 
  • Develop problem-solving skills and use algebraic methods.
  • Be able to perform quantitative analysis. 
  • Develop skills in a written communication.

Computer Requirements

Students entering this program are required to purchase or lease a professional microcomputer system for home use that meets department defined minimum specifications. Computers are an integral part of all course instruction within the Computer Science program.  

Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the Computer Science field is expected to grow faster than average through the year 2016. Jobs should be plentiful in data processing service firms, software houses, and computer consulting businesses. These types of establishments are part of computer services which are projected to be the fastest growing industry. The number of entry level positions available in this field continues to exceed the number of qualified persons to fill them.

The curriculum for this program is designed primarily for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program; however, skills learned can be applied directly to some positions in the computer science field. Many technical innovations within the computer industry have advanced computing technologies and sophisticated new languages and programming tools which continually redefine employment possibilities. Employment titles may include software engineer, computer theorist, computer scientist, and computer engineer.

Transfer Opportunities

As a graduate of Jefferson you will have many transfer opportunities to consider and will be able to choose from a wide variety of colleges and universities to pursue your baccalaureate degree. Many computer science  graduates typically transfer to SUNY Oswego and SUNY Institute of Technology with full junior status. Additionally, Jefferson has partnered with some selected academic institutions to develop agreements that help students transfer smoothly.   These agreements assist students with selecting courses in their academic program that will transfer effectively to specific baccalaureate programs. Currently, formal agreements exist with SUNY Empire State College, Rochester Institute of Technology and Franklin University.  Franklin University baccalaureate transfer programs include: Computer Science, B.S.; Digital Communication, B.S.; Information Technology, B.S.; and Management Information Systems, B.S.

 

Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2013) Credit Hours
 
Computer Science Requirements (15 Credit Hours)
CIS 111: Operating System Environments 2
CIS 116: Introductory Programming 3
CIS 216: Advanced Programming 4
CIS 225: Assembly Language 3
CIS 250: Data Structures 3
   
Liberal Arts Requirements (34-35 Credit Hours)  
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
ENG 102: Literature and Composition 3
Humanities Elective 3
Social Science Electives
6
MTH 221: Calculus 1 4
MTH 222: Calculus 2 4
Mathematics Elective 3-4
Laboratory Science* 8
   
CIS Electives (CIS 212 or higher) 6
   
Free Electives 6
   
Physical Education 2
   
TOTAL 63-64

* PHY 131: General Physics 1 and PHY 132: General Physics 2 are recommended.

 

For More Information

Jack Donato, Associate Professor of Computer Science
jdonato@sunyjefferson.edu
315-786-2455

C.J. Jackson, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
cjackson@sunyjefferson.edu
315-786-2429

Application and Admissions Information
Office of Admissions
admissions@sunyjefferson.edu
315-786-2277 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522