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Degree Transfer Degree
Areas of Study Computer Science
Associate in Science for Transfer | SC Program: AS-T.2005

Program Description

The Associate in Science in Computer Science for Transfer Degree (AS-T in Computer Science) provides students with the opportunity to meet the requirements for transfer to the California State University system in Computer Science or a similar major. In order to earn this degree a student must complete 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Completing this degree guarantees admission to the CSU system but not to a particular campus or major. The degree is designed to prepare students for upper division study in Computer Science and related fields. Computer Science graduates at the bachelor’s level are qualified for employment by industry or government in a variety of technical positions. They also frequently enter graduate programs to pursue advanced degrees in Computer Science or related fields. Computer Science graduates are often well qualified for admission into professional programs in a variety of fields, such as Health Sciences, Engineering, Aerospace, etc. Those students interested in teaching at the high school level should know that the nation is experiencing a shortage of well qualified technology teachers. Current and prospective community college students interested in this degree are encouraged to meet with a Counselor to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.

This degree is approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Upon satisfactory completion of all degree requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student’s transcript will reflect completion of this degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degree, the student should be able to:

  • Apply appropriate programming techniques to analyze a given problem and design and implement an optimized solution.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of programming techniques and demonstrate the interaction between software and the associated hardware.
  • Use computers and other technology as experimental and modeling tools.
  • Transfer to a California State University with a major in Computer Science.


In addition to the 37 unit general education pattern for IGETC, students must complete the core courses listed below for the Associate in Science in Computer Science for Transfer degree. Students must also obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and a C or better in each major course, or a “P" if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.

Required Core
  • CIS 61 C++ Language Programming 3 
  • CIS 65 Programming Concepts & Methodology Using C++ 3
  • CIS 66 Computer Architecture and Organization 3
  • CIS 67 Discrete Structures 3
  • MATH 3A# Calculus 3A 4
  • MATH 3B Calculus 3B 5
  • PHYS 4A# Physics (Mechanics) 4
  • PHYS 4B Physics (Electricity and Magnetism) 4 OR CHEM 1A General Chemistry 5
Additional Recommended Preparation

While the additional course is not required for this degree, completing this course will better prepare students for upper division coursework in computer science. This class may be required for the Bachelor’s degree. Check the catalog for the CSU campus to which you plan to transfer.

  • CIS 2 Introduction to Computer Science 4

#May be used to fulfill IGETC requirements. See a counselor.

Associate in Science in Computer Science for Transfer Degree Requirements

Major: 29-30

General Education: 37*

General Electives: 0-1**

Degree Total Will Not Exceed: 60 Units 

**Number will vary depending on units that double count.

*Students must use the IGETC pattern to satisfy the requirements for this degree. Shasta College cannot certify to your transfer institution that you have completed the ADT if you use the CSU GE pattern because it will exceed the 60 unit maximum.

For reference only as of 2019/2020

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