Computer Science (Accelerated)
Associate of Science - Transfer, Track 2 (PHST2AS)
This two-year pathway is designed for students who wish to complete an Associate of Science - Track 2 degree with a concentration in Computer Science. The pathway focuses on the study of theory, experimentation, and engineering that form the basis for the design and use of computers. Students will study a variety of subjects including programming languages, such as Python and Java, software programming, developing new software applications, and network and systems administration.
Completion of this program prepares students to transfer at the junior level to a Computer Science or related field at a four-year college or university, as well as opening doors to a variety of careers such as software engineering, web design, computer programming and more.
Estimated Length of Completion
|Associate of Science - Transfer, Track 2 (PHST2AS)
|Full time : 6
You may need more or fewer units depending on your transferred credits, individual situation, and goals.
Before Quarter One
Step 1: Apply and register at Seattle Central College anytime (the application is always free). Once you become a student, register for classes using the online class schedule and go to the academic calendar for registration dates and tuition deadlines.
Step 2: See an advisor to create a personalized educational plan by the end of your second quarter. Your plan will include prerequisites, graduation requirements, and transfer preparation if you plan to transfer to another college or university to earn a bachelor's degree.
Sample Schedule and Quarterly To-Do List
A sample schedule and quarterly to-do list are below. The schedule and to-do list will help you explore courses and complete tasks on time. The guide assumes a fall quarter start and college placement, but you can begin in any quarter and start at any placement level.
Note about the sample schedule: Classes are offered in various formats such as online (e-learning) and may not be offered each quarter. Click the button with arrows throughout the map to expand the section and view detailed information.
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- Schedule an appointment with your assigned advisor in Starfish to discuss your academic goals and to create a short-term educational plan
- Visit the Learning Support and Tutoring Center for tutoring
- Explore careers and majors: workshops, counseling and Career Exploration Center
- Drop by the Library to get help with research; check out resources; access computers and study space; and create media projects
- Create an educational plan with your assigned advisor
- Research and develop a list of four-year colleges and universities
- Attend transfer workshops and a transfer fair
- Apply for the Seattle Colleges Foundation Scholarship and other scholarships
- Meet with a Computer Science faculty during their posted office hours to discuss possible careers and academic opportunities
- Check with transfer institutions’ planning resources for core psychology courses required for major
- Attend Undergraduate Research Festival at University of Washington (occurs annually in Spring)
- Consider Student Leadership positions and other on-campus jobs
- Visit potential universities and determine application deadlines
- Meet with Transfer Center advisor to determine transfer eligibility
- Create long-term educational plan with your assigned advisor
- Research and contact Psychology departments at potential universities
- Attend transfer workshops and a transfer fair
- Attend transfer day at prospective university
- Write your personal statement for university applications
- Check in with a Computer Science faculty during their posted office hours regarding possible careers and academic opportunities
- Apply to universities or colleges and scholarships
- Plan to participate in the transfer student events at prospective universities
- Apply for FAFSA or WASFA at transfer university
Tuition and Funding
Need help paying for college?
To apply for financial aid, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back, visit Central's Financial Aid Department for details. Part-time and full-time students can qualify for financial aid funds.
A Computer Science pathway can lead to various career opportunities. Examples include:
- Software Programmer/Developer Systems Manager
- Web/Game/Cloud/Mobile Developer
- Systems Analyst
- Security Analyst
- Information Researcher
- UX Designer
- Areas of specialization may include: Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, or Machine Learning
A Bachelor’s degree or higher may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit https://www.bls.gov/oes/. To discuss additional careers options, speak with faculty once you begin classes or contact the Career Exploration Center. CareerServicesCenter@seattlecolleges.edu or 206.934.4383
Future Education Opportunities
Once you complete this Associate degree, additional education opportunities include, but are not limited to:
A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related field at a four-year college or university.
Seattle Central College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including the University of Washington, Washington State University, and Seattle University. Computer Science graduates from Central have also transferred to out-of-state institutions. Program and admissions requirements vary from college-to-college. Contact a Central advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice. You can use the College Navigator search engine found at http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator to find Computer Science programs in Washington state or around the country.
Area of StudyScience, Technology, Engineering, and Math
For more information, contact
Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Business Division
Advising hours and services: seattlecentral.edu/campus-life/student-support-and-services/transfer-and-career-advising/meet-advisor
Schedule in-person, Zoom, or phone appointments: Starfish
Location: Broadway Campus BE1102D