Online Associate Degrees in Computer Science

An online associate degree in computer science may equip individuals with the skills they need to develop software and maintain computer networks. In this two-year program, students may learn the fundamentals of networking, project management, and programming. Program coursework may include general education classes, specialized electives, and core coursework including desktop publishing, programming fundamentals, and systems administration.

Upon successful completion of the program, students may either pursue entry-level employment in their specialized field or continue their studies by enrolling in a baccalaureate degree program. Associate-level graduates may seek employment in software development, education, finance, insurance, and government programs.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Bachelor’s Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 12% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for associate-level computer science degree programs may include select general education requirements along with core online computer science based coursework. These classes may teach students how to develop and manage computer applications, databases, and computer networks. Core online computer science courses may include the following:

  • Fundamentals of Programming
  • Introduction to Web Design
  • Introduction to LAN Technologies
  • Introduction to IT Security
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Systems Administration
  • Microcomputer Operating Systems

Career Options

Associate-level graduates may seek career opportunities in healthcare, accounting, finance, information technology, and computer design. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in computer programming are projected to increase by 12% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Computer Programmer
  • Network Administrator
  • Software Engineer
  • Data Communication Analyst
  • Information Technology Specialist

Continuing Education

Those who successfully complete an associate degree may wish to continue their studies by enrolling in a baccalaureate degree program. A bachelor’s degree in computer science may provide enhanced skills in project management, web design, and computer networking.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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