Computer Science - Southwestern Illinois College


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.

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

Recommended Courses

Total Credits:  7-8
Course Number Course Description Credits

MATH 203

    OR MATH 213

    OR MATH 113

Analytic Geometry & Calculus I

    OR Calculus for Business & Social Sciences

    OR Finite Math for Business & Social Sciences

5, 4, 4

ECON 115

    OR ECON 202

Introduction to Economics (Macro)

    OR Principles of Economics II (Micro)


As you fulfill your degree requirements, it is strongly recommended that you take the following classes:

Course Number Course Description Credits
MATH 171 Computer Science I – Java 4
MATH 271 Computer Science II – Java 4

Optional Courses

Course Number Course Description Credits
MATH 292 Linear Algebra 3
MATH 191 Introduction to Statistics 4
  • Fulfill all other Associate in Science degree requirements listed in the printed or online College Catalog.
  • Apply for graduation by the date published in the college calendar.
  • 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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