Associate Degree in Computer Science?

In summary: I think just an AS in Computer Science or other general degree is just a starting point, not an entry point into the job market (just my opinion).
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I wanted to know has anyone here heard about associate degrees in computer science or software/systems engineering and if so are there worth pursuing?
 
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What research have you done on this?
 
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KamenRiderTorbjorn said:
associate degrees in computer science
If you are in the US, are you referring to community college AS degrees, or more trade-school 2-year type degrees?

Just my personal opinion, but a 2-year degree in a general subject like CS won't get you very far in the job market. If you want to advance more quickly in the job market, a 2-year programming trade school or web developer type of curriculum would make you more attractive to employers:

http://catalog.sjcc.edu/degrees-cer...s/cis-computer-programming-associate-science/

There are also accelerated "programming boot camp" programs that are fairly attractive to employers, because they are very directed at what current program developers are using, and the students who pay for these programs are usually very motivated to learn and do well, which makes them good employees despite their lack of long-term programming experience:

https://www.switchup.org/rankings/best-bootcamps-san-francisco

(full disclosure -- my son attended the #1 academy on that list) :smile:
 
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berkeman said:
If you are in the US, are you referring to community college AS degrees, or more trade-school 2-year type degrees?

Just my personal opinion, but a 2-year degree in a general subject like CS won't get you very far in the job market. If you want to advance more quickly in the job market, a 2-year programming trade school or web developer type of curriculum would make you more attractive to employers:

http://catalog.sjcc.edu/degrees-cer...s/cis-computer-programming-associate-science/

There are also accelerated "programming boot camp" programs that are fairly attractive to employers, because they are very directed at what current program developers are using, and the students who pay for these programs are usually very motivated to learn and do well, which makes them good employees despite their lack of long-term programming experience:

https://www.switchup.org/rankings/best-bootcamps-san-francisco

(full disclosure -- my son attended the #1 academy on that list) :smile:
well since you put it that way is it possible for me to still transfer to 4 year college with a computer programming associate degree?
 
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KamenRiderTorbjorn said:
well since you put it that way is it possible for me to still transfer to 4 year college with a computer programming associate degree?

Sure. Check with your CC to see which 4-year univeristies your 2-year degree transfers to, though. The cost of a 2-year CC degree and education is probably less than the private shorter boot camps, but the cost (and opportunity costs) of a 2+2 year degree is likely higher.
 
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berkeman said:
Sure. Check with your CC to see which 4-year univeristies your 2-year degree transfers to, though. The cost of a 2-year CC degree and education is probably less than the private shorter boot camps, but the cost (and opportunity costs) of a 2+2 year degree is likely higher.
is it even possible getting a tech job with just a A.S? After looking online people are saying shoot for a bachelors. Which that is the goal, but I'm just curious.
 
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I think just an AS in Computer Science or other general degree is just a starting point, not an entry point into the job market (just my opinion). You need either a much more focused short-term education (trade school or coding academy), or a 4-year degree with demonstrated abilities in larger coding projects (compilers, database coding, web coding, etc.).
 
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After doing some research online I found out Arizona State has a transfer admission guarantee, but I'm not sure if it applies to ASU online also.
 

Related to Associate Degree in Computer Science?

1. What is an Associate Degree in Computer Science?

An Associate Degree in Computer Science is a two-year undergraduate program that introduces students to the fundamentals of computer science, including programming, data structures, algorithms, and computer systems. It is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in computer science and prepare them for entry-level positions in the field or for further studies in a related discipline.

2. What are the admission requirements for an Associate Degree in Computer Science?

The admission requirements for an Associate Degree in Computer Science vary depending on the institution, but generally, students need to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Some programs may also require students to have a certain GPA, completed coursework in math and science, and/or submit standardized test scores.

3. What courses are typically included in an Associate Degree in Computer Science?

Common courses in an Associate Degree in Computer Science include programming languages (such as Java, C++, or Python), data structures and algorithms, computer systems and architecture, database management, and web development. Some programs may also offer elective courses in areas like artificial intelligence, mobile app development, or game design.

4. What career opportunities are available with an Associate Degree in Computer Science?

An Associate Degree in Computer Science can prepare students for a variety of entry-level positions in the tech industry, such as computer programmer, software developer, web developer, database administrator, or IT support specialist. Graduates may also choose to continue their education and pursue a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field.

5. Can I transfer my credits from an Associate Degree in Computer Science to a four-year university?

Yes, many universities have transfer agreements with community colleges that allow students to transfer credits from their Associate Degree in Computer Science towards a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field. However, it is important to check with the specific institution for their transfer policies and requirements.

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