Liberal Arts Computer Science (AA)

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Take a Deep Dive into the World of Computers

             

Do you like to learn how things work? Do you enjoy learning about technology and applying what you learn? Consider becoming a computer scientist!

As computers have become part of our daily lives, we forget how they work and how they help us accomplish even the most minimal tasks. As a computer scientist, you will be the one who understands computers and helps develop new hardware and software to enhance our lives and activities. Computer science careers are in high demand around the world. And, even though it can be very challenging work, it is also highly satisfying to solve problems and create new technologies to help others. 

As technology leads the way in all facets work and entertainment, you will be needed to work on all types of projects from setting up new computers to managing an entire network or department for a corporation. Computer science positions are in demand and will continue to grow as technology continues to change.

Careers in Computer Science

           

Computer science is an ever-growing industry. Computer Scientists are entrepreneurs, software and web engineers, analysts and network administrators and work in every industry computers, websites and networks are found. 

Here are some careers and their salaries you could have with an Associate in Art in Liberal Arts Computer Science degree. 

Career information below taken from bls.gov November 2019. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Computer hardware engineers research, design, develop, and test computer systems and components.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level:

Salary:

Hourly Median Wage:

Bachelor’s Degree

$114,600/year

$55.10/hour

Work Experience in a Related Occupation:

Job Outlook 2018-2028:

Number of Jobs 2018:

None needed

6% increase

64,400

Invent and design new approaches to computing technology and find innovative uses for existing technology.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Master’s Degree $118,370/year $56.91/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 16% increase

31,700

Provide help and advice to computer users and organizations.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Some college $53,470/year $25.70/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 10% increase

63,100

Create the applications or systems that run on a computer or another device.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $105,590/year $50.77/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 21% increase

1,365,500

Responsible for the day-to-day operation of computer networks.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $82,050/year $39.45/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 5% increase

383,900

Plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $142,530/year $68.53/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
5 years or more  11% increase

414,400

Write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $84,280/year $40.52/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed No change

250,300

What You’ll Learn at LASC in Liberal Arts Computer Science

 

You can get Associate in Science degree (AS) through LASC’s Liberal Arts Computer Science program where you will:

  • Be introduced to a comprehensive curriculum in computer science that focuses on key computer components and software rather than the intricacies of how computers work. You will gain fundamental knowledge on databases and data structures.
  • Gain invaluable experience working individually and with teams to understand what computer science truly means and how computers enhance our daily lives. From desktops to mobile, this program will give you the 30,000-foot level view of computer science to help you find exactly where you want to focus in such a vast subject.
  • LASC provides internships so you can get hands-on work experience, build your career connections and create community ties for after you graduate.
  • You will discover how to research new industry trends and products so you can stay on top of new innovations happening in the industry.
  • Want to transfer? Visit your counselor to learn how you can transfer with this degree and continue in your career through the university level.

Degrees & Courses You Will Take

Review the LASC Associate in Art Liberal Arts Computer Science degree below along with our suggested course of study for this program. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Major Code: 706.00 
Total Units Required: 60 

Required Courses: Units
CO SCI 601 Introduction to Computers and Their Uses 3
CO SCI 602 Introduction to Computer Science 3
CO SCI 608 Beginning BASIC Programming 3
CO SCI 630 Microcomputer Application Software 3
CO SCI 632 Introduction to Databases 3
CO SCI 636 Introduction to Data Structures 3
TOTAL UNITS 18

Get Ready Before You Start 

Want to go into computer science? You can start preparing for your career before your first class starts at LASC:

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, start to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), and discuss if going to a four-year college or university would be a good match for your career goals.
  • Still in high school? Find out if your school has a computer club to join. Contact local businesses to possibly shadow a network administrator or IT employee for a week. Follow computer science and software developer blogs and social media sites to learn about the industry.
  • Once you’re at LASC, make sure to get involved with on-campus clubs and organizations, such as Toastmasters to build your public speaking skills, become a student ambassador, or run for student government. These create new relationships and show potential employers your commitment to work with others and your leadership skills.

Clubs & Organizations 

Make the most of your time at LASC and get career experience while meeting and working with others who have similar interests:

Program Learning Outcomes 

As a student, upon successfully completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Work in various career opportunities in IT industry and be able to pursue an employment in computer-related fields, as well as, enhance their employability.
  • Use Web technologies, mobile devices, and personal computer technologies and apply their acquired technical skills to navigate and establish presence through the use of cyber and social networking.