Computer Science AS-T Degree

The Associate in Science in Computer Science for Transfer, also called Computer Science AS-T Degree, is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer with junior status to a CSU campus in a program or major in Computer Science for completion of a baccalaureate degree. Students completing this Computer Science AS-T degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major.

Major Graduates of the Computer Science AS-T will have the skills in computer programming required for transfer to a four­-year college. This degree program prepares students for transfer to four­-year colleges for further study in Computer Science, as well as related areas such as Computer Engineering. The curriculum includes instruction in the fundamentals of problem solving and analysis, programming, data structures, and architecture. Additional requirements include Calculus, Physics and Discrete Mathematics. Students who complete the two­-year Associate in Science degree program are encouraged to continue their education and earn a Bachelor’s degree. College of the Desert has transfer agreements with many of the California State Universities and University of California campuses. Students who are interested in transferring after completion of the two­-year degree program should consult the “Transfer Information” section of the catalog and discuss their plans with their program advisor or counselor.  Four­-year universities may have additional or different course requirements for completion of lower division. Students need to check the particular institution for their requirements.

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

  • Satisfy the requirements to successfully transfer to a CSU program for a degree in computer science or a related field.
  • Analyze a program by reading its code and debugging it.
  • Develop programming solutions using a high-level language such as C++

Enrollment is recommended only to students who have a solid understanding of Geometry and Algebra (at the level of Math 5, Trigonometry, or higher).  Assuming students start this AS-T with transfer‐level math and English eligibility, the minimum time for completion is 4 semesters. Completion time will vary based on student preparation and number of units completed per semester.

This degree requires students to meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 60 semester units of degree-applicable courses,
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.0,
  • Minimum grade of “C” (or “P”) for each course in the major, and
  • Completion of IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth.

The Computer Science AS-T degree requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of IGETC and 30 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Units for the major may be double counted for IGETC only (not CSU GE). Title 5 requires that students earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.  There are no additional graduation requirements. Students are advised to consult with a counselor to verify transfer requirements.

Course Code Title Units
Required Core Courses
CS 007AComputer Science I4
CS 007BComputer Science II3
CS 008Computer Architecture and Organization3
MATH 015Discrete Mathematics for Computers4
MATH 001ACalculus4
MATH 001BCalculus4
PH 003AEngineering Physics4
PH 003BEngineering Physics4
Required Subtotal30
IGETC Pattern 137

Units for the major may be double counted for IGETC only (not CSU GE), confer with Counselor. 

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB 1440).