2014-2015 Student Catalog 
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2014-2015 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, AS

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Contact Information

Program Requirements

Typical Program

Degree/Certificate:    Associate in Science
HEGIS Code:            5101
SUNY Code:             0532
Major Code:             COMP

The Career

The computer science field has a consistent and growing demand for graduates who earn their associates degree and transfer to a four-year college to complete their baccalaureate degree requirements. Based upon the Bureau of Labor Statistics data, eight of the 30 fastest-growing occupations are for graduates in computer science or computer science-related fields. Career choices include systems programmer, systems software developer, applications programmer, computer engineer, operations research analyst, system/security administrator and database administrator.

The NCCC Approach

The Computer Science program is intended to prepare students for transfer to a four-year college or university. Our dual admissions and articulation agreements ensures that our graduates can successfully transfer and complete graduation requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mathematics or Information Systems.

Students will have access to the college’s modern computer facilities which includes the use of a personal computer for each student to use during class. Computer labs are also available for students to complete work outside of class and are located at convenient locations around the campus.


Students admitted in September and January.

Because of the sequencing of courses, it may take more than four semesters of full-time study if a student begins this program in a spring semester.

Dual Admissions

Medaille College
SUNY at Buffalo
SUNY College at Brockport
SUNY College at Buffalo
SUNY College at Fredonia

Articulation Agreements

SUNY at Buffalo
SUNY College at Brockport
SUNY College at Buffalo
SUNY College/Empire State
SUNY College at Oneonta

Program Goals and Objectives

  • To prepare students for transfer into a computer-related curriculum (Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Computer Information Science or Management Information Systems) at a four-year institution
  • To assist students in meeting seven of 10 SUNY General Education Requirements

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of all required courses, the student is able to:

  • Design, implement, test, and debug programs that employ fundamental programming constructs
  • Utilize the three basic principles of object-oriented design:  encapsulation, inheritance and polymorphism
  • Work as a team member in a problem-solving situation
  • Design, analyze and understand the relationship between digital components forming the building blocks of modern digital devices
  • Design and implement efficient solutions utilizing appropriate algorithms and data structures

Program Requirements (COMP)

  1. A total of at least 63 credit hours with a minimum curriculum grade-point average of 2.0. Academic Foundations courses do not count toward the degree.
  2. Computer/Information Science: A minimum of 20 credit hours to include:
    ___  ___    Computer Science or Information Systems or Local Area Networks elective . Computer Science and Information System electives (prefixed by CPS and CIS) must have a course number of 200 or greater or a recommended Local Area Networks elective (prefixed by NET).
  3. Discrete Mathematics, Computer Science/Information Systems.: A minimum of 3 hours to be selected from one of the following:
    ___  ___   Computer Science or Information Systems elective . Computer Science and Information System electives (prefixed by CPS and CIS) must have a course number of 200 or higher.
  4. Free elective: A minimum of 1 credit hour.
  5. Health/Physical Education: A minimum of 2 credit hours.
  6. Humanities/Arts Electives: A minimum of 12 credit hours to include:
    ___  ___    Humanities  elective
    ___  ___    Arts  elective (Acceptable Arts electives are courses prefixed by ART, FAD, MUS or THA. (Courses with a prefix of DIG are not suitable for this requirement)
  7. Liberal Arts  Elective: A minimum of 3 credit hours.
  8. Mathematics: A minimum of 8 credit hours to include:
  9. Sciences: A minimum of 8 lab-based credit-hour sequences to be chosen from a Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
  10. Social Sciences: A minimum of 6 credit hours.


Typical Program

Total Credit Hours: 17

Total Credit Hours: 16

Third Semester

Total Credit Hours: 16/17

Fourth Semester

Total Credit Hours: 14/15


* Dependent upon the fulfillment of Academic Foundations requirements.

Scholarship Opportunities

There are several scholarships available to NCCC students.  Scholarship deadline dates vary each semester.  For more information, please visit the scholarship webpage at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships . The NCCC Scholarship Office is located within the Financial Aid Complex, A-114 or by phone (716) 614-6205.

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