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2018-2019 College Catalog 
2018-2019 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science and Software Systems Pre-Major, AA-DTA Planning Guide

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Where does my path start?

You will complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) at Shoreline.

Use the AA -DTA Degree Planning Guide, with this sheet, to understand the requirements for graduation.

Once you complete your Shoreline degree, you can transfer to a four-year school to earn a baccalaureate degree in Computer Science or a related field.

Where can I go for help?

Computer Science Faculty Advisors

Eric Basham
206-546-4625 Rm 2809
Fred Kuczmarski
206-546-6993 Rm 5348
Stephanie Diemel
206-546-4579 Rm 5356
Crystal Hess
206-546-7626 Rm 2813
Tiffany Meier
206-546-6953 Rm 5231

General Academic Advising

FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229

International Advising

9000 Building, Rm. 9302

Where can I transfer and what does my chosen four-year school require?

Before choosing classes, become familiar with the four-year program where you want to apply: visit the website, email the department, and/or speak with a Shoreline advisor. Below are examples from Washington schools with different admissions and graduation requirements. Check with the school for world language requirements. (Non-native speakers of English are often exempt from this requirement.)

School Transfer Information
Central Washington University* - Des Moines
Central Washington University* - Everett
Central Washington University* - Lynnwood
City University of Seattle - Renton
Eastern Washington University - Bellevue
Eastern Washington University - South Seattle
Gonzaga University
Heritage University
North Seattle College
Pacific Lutheran University
Saint Martin’s University
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
The Evergreen State College
University of Puget Sound
University of Washington - Bothell
University of Washington - Seattle
University of Washington - Tacoma
Walla Walla University
Washington State University -Pullman
Washington State University - Richland
Washington State University - Vancouver
Western Governors University (online)
Western Washington University
Whitworth University

*Central Washington’s degree program a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Administrative Management (IATM).

What courses should I take?

This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your major. Please consult with an advisor and your chosen four-year school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.

General Education Requirements - 20 Credits

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Select one of the following courses:

ART 105 , CMST 203 , CMST 285 , GWS 284 , HIST 245 , MCS 105  

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following classes:

MATH& 107 , MATH 111 , MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , MATH& 146 , MATH& 148 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , MATH& 163 , MATH 207 , MATH 208 , MATH 211 , MATH& 264 , PHIL& 120 . Recommended:  MATH& 151 .

* Students planning to transfer to the University of Washington must consult Math Advising,

Distribution Requirements - 45 Credits

Humanities (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Art and Drama) in Humanities . Maximum of 5 credits allowed in Performance/Skills courses. No more than 5 credits in a world language at the 100 level. Recommended: World Language if reequired for University admission or graduation.

Natural Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g.Biology and Physics) in Natural Sciences . At least 10 credits required in Physical, Earth, and/or Biological Sciences, including at least 5 credits of lab science. Maximum 5 credits from Other Science courses.

Social Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Psychology and History) in Social Sciences .

General Electives - Minimum 25 Credits

Comprised of other college-level courses or unrestricted courses. A maximum of 15 credits allowed for restricted/vocational courses, and a maximum of 3 credits allowed in Physical Education. Please see the lists of Restricted Electives  and Elective Courses (Non-restricted) . Recommended: BIOL& 213 , CHEM 171 /CHEM 181 , CHEM 172 /CHEM 182 , CHEM 173 /CHEM 183 , MATH& 146 , MATH 207 , MATH 208 , MATH 211 , PHIL& 120 , PHYS& 116 .

Computer Science - What is it?

Computers are an integral part of modern society. People interact with computers and technology on a daily basis using hardware and operating systems, computer software and communication systems, databases, interactive games, educational software and videos. Computer Science programs require a solid foundation in math and science. B.S. degrees typically require advanced study in math, science and computer science courses. B.A. programs include basic computer knowledge and skills and often provide opportunities for multidisciplinary studies, application and specialization in areas such as architecture, engineering, music, mathematics, art, computer animation, computer graphics, science and business. Degrees with titles such as “Information Systems” and “Information Technology” usually focus on applied technical skills, such as learning to use existing products and methods for business purposes.

Areas of Study in Computer Science: Computer Programming, Computer Networking, Algorithms and Data Structures, Operating Systems, Software Development and Design, Computer Graphics, Computer Animation, Databases, Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence and Professional Ethics.

What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science?

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Computing and Software Systems have far reaching opportunities in the computer career field, working as computer programmers, network specialists, systems and data communication analyst, software and hardware engineers, technical consultants and educators. Depending on the position, wages are typically strong ranging from $40,000 to well over $100,000 a year. Resource: Association for Computing Machinery at

Potential employers include: Computer software and hardware companies, software publishers, businesses and consulting firms, entertainment industry, schools, health care agencies and manufacturing companies. For more, please visit

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Shoreline, WA 98133-5696

(206) 546-4101

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