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College Catalog: Science, Technology, and Computing: General Studies

Program: General Studies (General)
Award: Associate of Arts and Sciences
Length: 61 credits
Program is designed for both full-time and part-time students.  Length may vary.

Specialization: Computer Science
Plan Code: 697-02
Lead Faculty: Robert Tureman

Purpose:
This University Parallel Program leads to the Associate in Arts and Sciences Degree (AA&S). It is the first two years of a four-year college or university degree, usually the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The Computer Science specialization starts the student on the study of Computer Science as a discipline.

Transfer Options:
The Computer Science Specialization is specifically designed to provide the student with preparation necessary to transfer to a university program in Computer Science. Students seeking immediate employment in the computing field will probably be better served by choosing one of the IST specializations in the management program. However, those students who desire to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science can get the foundation necessary to transfer. Courses are taught with the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) guidelines and will parallel university instruction. In addition, students are encouraged to select Mathematics courses based on where they plan to transfer. Students should understand that most university computer science programs require engineering calculus.

Because certain majors have specialized requirements, students should become familiar with their particular requirements of the major at the four-year school to which they intend to transfer and then discuss these requirements with their advisors in order to select the correct courses at Paul D. Camp Community College.

Student Learning Outcomes:

In addition to the VCCS general education outcomes and core competencies, students will be able to:

  • Communication: Interact with others using all forms of communication, resulting in understanding and being understood.
  • Critical Thinking: Evaluate evidence carefully and apply reasoning to decide what to believe and how to act.
  • Information Literacy: Recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use it effectively.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: Possess the skills and knowledge necessary to apply the use of logic, numbers, and mathematics to deal effectively with common problems and issues.
  • Scientific Reasoning: Adhere to a self-correcting system of inquire (the scientific method) and rely on empirical evidence to describe, understand, predict, and control natural phenomena.
  • Cultural and Social Understanding: Possess an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the interconnectedness of the social and cultural dimensions within and across local, regional, state, national, and global communities.
  • Personal Development: Strive for physical well-being and emotional maturity.
  • Computer Science: Demonstrate an understanding of computing math concepts and demonstrate an understanding of hierarchical structure of computer architecture.

Admission Requirements:
General Admission to the College is required. Students must complete placement tests (or equivalent) in English and mathematics. Students with deficiencies in these areas will be required to take appropriate developmental courses. New students should see a counselor and returning students their advisor for more information.

Program Requirements:
In the following sample schedule, “Elective” means any course for which a student can receive credit at the school to which he/she intends to transfer. “Humanities Elective” means a transferable course in Art, Drama, Literature, Humanities, Foreign Language, Music, Philosophy or Religion. “Social Science Elective” means a transferable course in Economics, Political Science, History, Geography, Psychology, or Sociology. “Natural Science (Lab)” means a transferable course in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Natural Science, or Physics that includes both lecture and laboratory sessions. Students should choose electives that are related to their chosen area of training and approved by their program advisor.

General Studies – Computer Science (697-02)
Required Courses and Credits
Sample Schedule
First Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
HIS 111/121 History of World Civilizations I or US History I 3
MTH 154 OR 155/161 Quantitative Reasoning or Statistical Reasoning, or Pre-Calculus I2 3
ITE 115 Intro. to Computer Apps & Concepts 3
HLT/PED ___ Health/Physical Education Elective 1
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total Semester Credits 14
Second Semester
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
HIS 112/122 History of World Civilizations II or US History II 3
MTH 154 OR 155/162/245 Quantitative Reasoning or Statistical Reasoning, , Pre-Calculus II, or Statistics 2 3
CSC 200 Introduction to Computer Science 3
Humanities ___ Humanities Elective1 3
HLT/PED ___ Health/Physical Education Elective 1
Total Semester Credits 16
Third Semester
Science ___ BIO 101, CHM 111, GOL 111, NAS, or PHY 4
CSC 201 Computer Science I 4
Social Science ___ ECO, PLS, PSY, SOC elective 3
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3
Total Semester Credits 14
Fourth Semester
Science ___ BIO 102, CHM 112, GOL 112, NAS, or PHY 4
CSC 202 Computer Science II 4
Social Science ___ ECO, PLS, PSY, SOC elective 3
Humanities ___ Humanities Elective 3
CSC 205 Computer Organization 3
Total Semester Credits 17
Total Program Credits 61
1. Note: Some university programs require literature in the second year.
2. Students and their advisors should choose the mathematics sequence required by the institution where the student plans to transfer. Most Computer Science programs require Calculus, so the student should prepare to take those classes.