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Computer Science Option/A.S. Degree

Program Advisor: Gregory Panczner, 413-236-4574

The Computer Science option gives the student a technical understanding of computer systems. The curriculum provides students with extensive course work in computer science and mathematics.

This program is designed for students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate institution for further study.

To complete most computer assignments, students will need to use either BCC's computer laboratory or an off-campus computer.

Related major at the baccalaureate level: computer science.

Expected Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Apply fundamental concepts of programming languages and software development to solve a diverse array of problems and recognize these concepts in different languages
  • Communicate clearly, accurately and succinctly through written and verbal means
  • Work effectively with others to design, develop, evaluate and present solutions to business and software engineering problems
  • Analyze a problem, gather appropriate data, and use logic to solve, predict and analyze results for relevance, accuracy and consistency
  • Recognize solution patterns of common problems and apply them to new challenges.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 66 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below. 

Program 44 Credits
CIS 102 Fundamental Computer Literacy 4
CIS 124 C++ Programming I 4
CIS 125 C++ Programming II 4
CIS 211   Data Structures 
CIS 231 Computer Science I with Java 4
CIS 232 Computer Science II with Java 4
CIS Computer Science Elective (see footnote 1) 3
ENM 152 Engineering Calculus II 3
ENT 162 Engineering Physics II 4
ENT 233 Digital Circuits 4
ENT 234 Microprocessors 3
MAT 123 Elementary Statistics 3
General Education 22 Credits
COM Communication 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 6
ENM 151   Engineering Calculus I 
ENT 161   Engineering Physics I (see footnote 2) 
  Behavioral and Social Science 3
  Humanities and Fine Arts 3
Additional As Shown   
Core Competencies Portfolio  6 items 
Forum  12 units 
Health/Fitness  30 hours 
Minimum Cumulative Averages:   
 - Overall  2.000 
 - Area of Specialization: All CIS and ENT Courses  2.000 




Suggested block for program completion The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time needed to complete the program will vary according to each student's individual needs.

First Semester

  18 Credits 
CIS 102   Fundamental Computer Literacy 
CIS 124  C++ Programming I 
ENG  English Composition/Writing  
ENM 151  Engineering Calculus I 
ENT 161  Engineering Physics I (see footnote 2)

Second Semester

  17 Credits 
CIS 125  C++ Programming II 
ENM 152  Engineering Calculus II 
ENT 162  Engineering Physics II 
ENG  English Composition/Writing 
  Humanities and Fine Arts 

Third Semester

  17 Credits 
CIS 231  Computer Science I with Java 
CIS  Computer Scince Elective (see footnote 1) 
ENT 233  Digital Circuits 
MAT 123  Elementary Statistics 
  Behavioral and Social Science 

Fourth Semester

  14 Credits 
CIS 211  Data Structures 
CIS 232  Computer Science II with Java 
ENT 234  Microprocessors 
COM  Communication 



































  1. Computer Science Elective chosen from courses designated CIS. 
  2. Two semesters of another labortory science sequence may be substituted.  

Note: A minimum of three CIS courses must be taken in the five years prior to graduation.