Graduates of the Computer Science program are prepared for careers as programmers.
The major in Computer Science leads to Associate in Science (AS) degree, and is appropriate for those students interested in mathematics and/or computer science who plan to transfer to a senior college for further study in computer science. The program is administered by the Math, Engineering and Computer Science Department. Graduating students will be prepared for careers as programmers for business and/or scientific applications.
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Upon completion of a Bachelor’s degree program, Computer Science students will be prepared for careers as computer programmers.
Computer programmers write code and create software based on the ideas and designs of software developers.
“Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree; however, some employers hire workers who have an associate’s degree. Most programmers get a degree in computer science or a related subject. Programmers who work in specific fields, such as healthcare or accounting, may take classes in that field to supplement their degree in computer programming. In addition, employers value experience, which many students gain through internships. Most programmers learn only a few computer languages while in school. However, a computer science degree gives students the skills needed to learn new computer languages easily. During their classes, students receive hands-on experience writing code, debugging programs, and doing many other tasks that they will perform on the job.
To keep up with changing technology, computer programmers may take continuing education and professional development seminars to learn new programming languages or about upgrades to programming languages they already know.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for computer programmers is expected to grow 8% from 2012-2022. The 2012 annual median pay for computer programmers was $74,280 *.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Computer Programmers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-programmers.htm (visited September 25, 2014).
Current StudentsLog in to the CUNY Portal to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take.Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia's Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.
Prospective StudentsReview the Computer Science Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below.
The courses you should take to satisfy the Pathways Flexible Core depends upon many factors, including: schools you are considering transferring to, your academic strengths and interests, and credits that you have earned from previous colleges. It is also important to note that some Pathways Flexible Core courses will also satisfy LaGuardia’s Urban Study requirement.
Computer Science Majors are advised to select the following courses to complete the Flexible Core requirements: