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Students who plan to earn an Associate in Science degree then transfer to a four-year college or university to major in Computer Science should follow the steps listed below. It is strongly recommended that you confer with a SWIC academic advisor prior to enrolling each semester and familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of the four-year institution where you plan to transfer.

  1. Fulfill the General Education and other institutional requirements for the Associate in Science degree listed in the printed or online College Catalog. General Education course preferences may vary by transfer institution. For students who do not know where they plan to transfer, the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) Computer Science Major Panel recommends the following general education courses for this major:
    MATH 203 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I
    OR MATH 213 Calculus for Business & Social Sciences
    OR  MATH 113 Finite Math for Business & Social Sciences
    PHYS 204 Physics-Mechanics
    ECON 115 Introduction to Economics
    OR ECON 201 Principle of Economics I (Macro) and ECON 202 Principles of Economics II (Micro)
  2. As you fulfill your degree requirements, it is strongly recommended that you take the following classes:
    MATH 171 Computer Science I – Java
    MATH 271 Computer Science II – Java
  3. The additional courses listed below may be applicable toward a baccalaureate Computer Science major. Please keep in mind that most transfer institutions limit the number of credit hours taken within a student’s major field of study at the community college level. To ensure the acceptance of such courses toward your intended major, check with the four-year institution where you are transferring or a SWIC academic advisor regarding their applicability.
    MATH 292 Linear Algebra
    MATH 191 Introduction to Statistics
  4. Fulfill all other Associate in Science degree requirements listed in the printed or online College Catalog.
  5. Apply for graduation by the date published in the college calendar.
  6. Earn at least 64 transferable credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 to graduate from SWIC. Many transfer institutions require a higher GPA for admission to the institution and/or specific majors.

Note: Enrollment in many transfer classes is based on your fulfillment of course requisites and/or your placement in Math and English classes.

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