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NOVA’s Associate of Science (AS) degree in Computer Science

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Computer Science, A.S.

In the digital age, everyone uses a computer. But Computer Scientists are the brains behind the devices that dominate our daily lives. If you know your way around an algorithm, or can expound on the differences between Python and Java, then you just might have what it takes.

NOVA's AS in Computer Science prepares technically-inclined students for lucrative careers in the computer industry (or any industry that uses a computer!).

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  • The AS in Science transfers easily to four-year schools with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science program.

  • If you have AP credits, talk to an advisor to determine what courses to start with.

  • Where Will I Learn?

    • Alexandria
    • Annandale
    • Loudoun
    • Manassas
    • Woodbridge
  • Transfer Information

    Students are advised to work closely with the faculty and counseling staff for program and course scheduling. Electives should be chosen carefully to meet the requirements of the transfer institution. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student.

  • Course Details

    Two Years Credits
    1st Semester
    Choose One
    1, 2CSC 200 Introduction to Computer Science 4
    2 Computer Science Elective
    ENG 111 College Composition I 3
    3CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3
    Choose One
    4, 5MTH 167 PreCalculus with Trigonometry 5
    2 Computer Science Elective
    Choose One
    SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
    SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
    Total 16-18
    2nd Semester
    CSC 201 Computer Science I 4
    ENG 112 College Composition II 3
    6 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
    MTH 263 Calculus I 4
    Total 14
    3rd Semester
    CSC 202 Computer Science II 4
    MTH 264 Calculus II 4
    7 Physical or Life Science Elective w/ Lab 4
    8 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
    Total 15
    4th Semester
    2 Computer Science Elective 3
    6 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
    7 Physical/or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
    8 Social Science Elective 3
    8 Social Science Elective 3
    Total 16
    Total credits for the Associate of Science = 61-63
    Two Years Credits
    1st Semester
    Choose One
    1, 2CSC
    200
    4
    Computer Science Elective
    2
    ENG
    111
    3
    3CST
    100
    3
    Choose One
    4, 5MTH
    167
    5
    Computer Science Elective
    2
    Choose One
    SDV
    100
    1
    Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
    SDV
    101
    Total 16-18
    2nd Semester
    CSC
    201
    4
    ENG
    112
    3
    6
    3
    MTH
    263
    4
    Total 14
    3rd Semester
    CSC
    202
    4
    MTH
    264
    4
    Physical or Life Science Elective w/ Lab
    7
    4
    Social/Behavioral Science Elective
    8
    3
    Total 15
    4th Semester
    Computer Science Elective
    2
    3
    6
    3
    Physical/or Life Science Elective w/Lab
    7
    4
    8
    3
    8
    3
    Total 16
    Total credits for the Associate of Science = 61-63

    1 Students with prior programming experience or Advanced Placement credit should talk to a Computer Science academic advisor to determine the appropriate first course to take in the NOVA Computer Science course sequence.  Due to the range of credits in Computer Science electives and Physical or Life Sciences, the student should plan out coursework with an advisor to stay within the required range. 

    May choose from the following list: CSC 205, CSC 206, CSC 208, EGR 265, MTH 265, MTH 266, or MTH 288.  Students should consult a faculty advisor and their transfer institution to select appropriate courses.  Due to the range of credits in Computer Science electives and Physical or Life Sciences, the student should plan out coursework with an advisor to stay within the required range. 

    May substitute with CST 110.  Students should consult an academic advisor to select the appropriate course.

    Students may substitute MTH 167 (5 CR.) with MTH 161 (3 CR.) and MTH 162 (3 CR.). Due to the range of credits in Computer Science electives and Physical or Life Sciences, the student should plan out coursework with an advisor to stay within the required range. 

    Students placed into MTH 263 or MTH 264, should begin with that course.  Students will not need to take the lower level mathematics classes if they place into a higher class and should select appropriate courses in consultation with an advisor. Due to the range of credits in Computer Science electives and Physical or Life Sciences, the student should plan out coursework with an advisor to stay within the required range. 

    6 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Elective should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet requirements of the transfer institution.

    See biology, chemistry (excluding CHM 101-CHM 102), ENV 121-ENV 122, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

    See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives. All electives should be selected in conjunction with an advisor and after examining the requirements at the transfer institution

     

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