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Computer Science Transfer, Computer Information Systems Option, A.S.

Award: Associate of Science degree, A.S. (code AS.CPS.CIS)

Total Credit Hours: 60 credit hours.

About the Computer Science Department

Purpose: This transfer program provides a solid computer science and mathematics foundation for those students transferring to four-year colleges and universities to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science.  Students who have already selected a transfer college/university should consult with their Department Chair to plan their program and to keep abreast of program changes and updates to the articulation agreements between Anne Arundel Community College and the transfer institutions.


Computer Science Transfer, A.S.  (code AS.CPS.SCI)
Computer Science Transfer, Computer Information Systems Option, A.S.  (code AS.CPS.CIS)
Computer Science Transfer, Management Information Systems Option, A.S.  (code AS.CPS.MIS)
Computer Science Transfer, Game and Simulation Programming Option, A.S.  (code AS.CPS.GAME)

Range of Occupations

Graduates in this field will find positions available in industry, education and government. Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.

Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses

AACC faculty developed the following sequence of courses to encourage greater success in each student’s program of study.  This sequence incorporates all of the student’s admissions requirements for this degree and provides the student with essential notes to guide their success.  It is recommended that students view and save this as they plan courses for this degree.


Click Here to View, Save, or Print a PDF Copy of the Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses for this degree    


General Education Requirements: 33-36 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 3-6 credits*

Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

Two different disciplines required. See General Education Arts and Humanities Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Biological and Physical Sciences: 8 credits

Two lab sciences required. See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses. Students should check their transfer institution for specific course requirements.

Computer Technology: 4 credits

Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits

See General Education Health/Fitness/Wellness Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

Two different disciplines required. See General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses. Students should check their transfer institution for specific course requirements.

Program Requirements: 25-29 credits

Additional Requirements

Computer Competency Requirement

General education requirement CTA 103  meets this requirement.

Diversity Requirement

Students may satisfy the diversity requirement simultaneously as they satisfy general education requirements for arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences and biological and physical sciences. See Diversity Requirement  for a list of approved courses.

Fast Track Option

This program has a Fast Track Option  for those holding a college degree.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Develop analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Develop research skills.
  • Design solution to the problem.
  • Develop debugging and testing skills.
  • Implement solution to the problem.
  • Maintain system.
  • Develop an understanding of System Development Life Cycle.
  • Develop an information system model.
  • Apply concepts of System Development Life Cycle to programming problems.
  • Demonstrate hands-on skills for solving and developing solutions to computer problems.
  • Demonstrate ethical use of technology.
  • Appropriately use the English language through writing, speaking and presentation skills in professional and business environment.
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with peer group and team members.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of technology in business and professional environments.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the use of a Computer Information Systems fits into the application of the knowledge base.
  • Evaluate information gathered from automated sources.
  • Show respect for the diverse needs of others.
  • Apply strategies in the learning environment that promote global awareness.
  • Develop an understanding of positive health behaviors and physical fitness.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies. For a full list of Core Competencies, click here.

Related Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings

Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

Transfer Agreements

Agreements may exist for this program of study. To access agreements, go to www.aacc.edu/transfer and then click on “Articulations.”