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    May 25, 2022  
Catalog 2021-2022 
Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, AS

No. of Credits: 60-62
Contact: Christopher Estes, Acting Chair, Technology
Richard White, Program Coordinator

CSM’s computer science program is open to all students, regardless of background and experience. The program is designed for students with prior computer programming and information technology studies while also accommodating students new to computing.

This program provides a solid theoretical and mathematical foundation for those students planning to transfer to four-year institutions to earn bachelor’s degrees in computer science. Students develop analytical and problem-solving skills as applied to technical systems and gain experience in computer programming and the development of data structures and algorithms. Graduates who complete the bachelor’s degree will be prepared for careers in computer science/computer engineering in government, business and industry or for advanced study and research. This may include emerging areas such as machine learning, software analytics, cybersecurity, and gaming, as well as computer systems, networks, databases and financial & scientific applications.

Students are advised to consult an advisor regarding their transfer plans during their first semester at CSM. Some transfer institutions require additional mathematics courses beyond Calculus II. Those students intending to transfer to St. Mary’s College of Maryland are encouraged to apply for dual admission to that institution.

Students new to computing are advised to select ITS 1010 as their Elective course and to take it in their first semester. Secondly, newer students should take ITS 1050 as their Technical Elective selection. Students coming into the program with prior computing knowledge may select from more advanced courses to complete their degree or to better prepare for transfer.

The maximum number of credits accepted in transfer from other institutions to this program is 46.


Career Opportunities:

software developer, software engineer, computer systems engineer, systems programmer, systems analyst, cybersecurity analyst, computer scientist

Transfer Options:

A complete list of all transfer opportunities can be found on the Transfer Services page

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will

  1. Apply logic and mathematical concepts to design, analyze, and solve computer algorithms and programs.
  2. Design and develop computer programs using industry standard programming languages.  
  3. Demonstrate understanding of computer architecture and design.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Pathway

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Visit Career Coach for more information on this program, related programs, and job opportunities in Southern Maryland and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan region.

Required Courses and Recommended Sequence:

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program. College Prep and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Course availability within the program sequences is specifically intended for full-time students who begin their course work with the fall semester. Students should always consult their online program evaluation or an academic advisor to better understand typical course availability and individual program planning.

Biological/physical sciences (4 credits)

Acceptable (lecture and matching lab):

Biological/physical sciences (3 credits)


Social/behavioral sciences (3 credits)


Elective (2-3) credits)


  • See Gen Ed  Listing, 
  •  MTH-1010 or higher,
  • Technical Elective options: EGR-1440, EGR-2222, ITS-1390, ITS-2090, ITS-2250, PHL-1150, MCT-1010, EGR-2310 and EGR-2310L, MTH-2200, MTH-2210, MTH-2220, ITS 1010, or ITS 1050

Communications (3 credits)


Social/behavioral sciences (3 credits)

Completion of this course meets the Social/behavioral and Cultural and Global Awareness requirements.


  • See Gen Ed  Listing and select any Social Behavioral Science course from within the Cultural and Global Awareness course list.

Arts/humanities (3 credits)


  • See Gen Ed  Listing except subject ENG


* Courses requiring a prerequisite or co-requisite   

****Pending MHEC approval

Course Indicators: English Composition (E), Arts (A), Cultural and Global Awareness (C), Humanities (H), Biological/Physical Sciences (S), Social/Behavioral Sciences (B), Mathematics (M)