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2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, Associate of Science Degree in Science and Mathematics

Computer Science prepares students for transfer into bachelor’s degree programs at four-year colleges and universities in a variety of programs including computer science, information processing and related fields. The program meets the guidelines of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).

The field study for this degree focuses on an introduction to the theoretical foundations of computing, algorithms and programming techniques as applied to Operating Systems, Information Technology and Data Structures. Students reinforce this theoretical knowledge base with programming in both high-level programming languages and Assembly Language programming as well as study computer architecture in great detail.

Graduates are able to:

  • solve various kinds of problems using high level languages
  • apply sound programming techniques in designing program structure and logic
  • apply appropriate data structures and algorithms arising in various applied fields
  • assess the ethical implications of work performed
  • explain components of basic computer architecture
  • demonstrate the mathematical analysis of algorithms to measure efficiency


Raritan Valley Community College Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degree programs are designed to comply with the New Jersey Community Colleges General Education Foundation which supports transfer of courses to NJ Public four-year colleges and universities.  Students who intend to transfer to a NJ college or university can further improve the transfer of courses by using the Recommended Transfer Program (RTP) feature in

NOTE: Students considering transfer to Rutgers University should choose a Global & Cultural Awareness (GCA) General Education course not replicated elsewhere in their curriculum.  Students who have already fulfilled the GCA requirement for their Associates of Arts (AA) degree should select an additional Social Sciences or Humanities General Education course.   


Curriculum – A.S. Degree

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

  • Math Specialization Elective 4 Credits 1
  • Science 4 Credits 3
  • Humanities 3 Credits 2
  • General Education Math Elective or Programming Elective 3-4 Credits 4

Fourth Semester

  •  Math Specialization Elective 4 Credits 1

Total Credits 61 - 62

1 Students must select from MATH 255 Discrete Mathematics MATH 256 Linear Algebra MATH 254 Differential Equations , or MATH 251 Calculus III .  Students should check the transferability with the college to which they intend to transfer.

2 Select a course from the appropriate category of the General Education  list.

3 Science requirements must be a two-semester sequence in one of the following: PHYS 150 Engineering Physics I  & PHYS 151 Engineering Physics II *(recommended), PHYS 101 General Physics I  & PHYS 102 General Physics II  *, CHEM 103 General Chemistry I  & CHEM 104 General Chemistry II *, BIOL 101 General Biology I  & BIOL 102 General Biology II  *. *Check catalog for prerequisite courses.

4 Select a math course from the appropriate category of the General Education  list or any programming elective on the  Computer Science (CISY) Electives List .  Students should check the transferability with the college to which they intend to transfer.

5 Any college-level course except CISY 102 Computer Literacy  or CISY 103 Computer Concepts and Programming 

6 FITN 142 Elements of Physical Fitness  or FITN 146 Exercise Physiology & Body Mechanics  may be substituted.