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Liberal Arts: Emphasis in Computer Science and Technology, Associate in Arts Degree

Banner Code: 2_AA_LACST

Control Number: 35931

Financial Aid Eligible


This program is designed for students who wish a broad knowledge of liberal arts and sciences, plus additional course work in an “Area of Emphasis.” This program would be an ideal choice for students planning on transferring to the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC), as the student may satisfy their general education requirements plus focus on transferable course work relating to baccalaureate majors at these institutions. Because admission and major preparation requirements vary at each transfer institution, courses used to fulfill requirements for an emphasis should be selected with the assistance of GWC Counselor. Students completing this degree will need to complete a minimum of 18 units in the area of emphasis, and complete a general education pattern that matches the student’s career and educational goals. Students may select either the local Golden West College General Education pattern, the CSU-GE Breadth pattern, or the IGETC pattern.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply computer science and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.
  2. Evaluate various types of technology.
  3. Utilize technology to design art, computer, or database projects.

Associate Degree Graduation Requirements

(See GWC website for the most up-to-date information on Associate Degree Requirements.)

  1. Completion of General Education Requirements by one of the following methods:
    1. Completion of a minimum of 18 units as listed under Areas A through E, including the Cultural Diversity Requirement.
    2. Completion of a minimum of 39 units of CSU General Education requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in CSU General Education Breadth.
    3. Completion of a minimum of 34 (UC) or 37 (CSU) units of Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in IGETC.
  2. Completion of a Major or Area of Emphasis—a minimum of 18 units.
  3. Completion of additional elective units to a total of 60 units.
  4. 2.0 overall Grade Point Average at GWC and 2.0 overall Grade Point Average for all colleges attended.
  5. At least 12 units completed at GWC.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Select at least 18 units, including two or more disciplines, of the following:18
AUTO G101Introduction to Automotive Technology3
AUTO G110Engine Repair5
CS G102Computer Software Development, Introduction4
CS G130Survey Of Computer Science/Information Technology4
CS G131Python Programming I4
CS G135UNIX/Linux Operating System4
CS G153Java Programming, Introduction4
CS G154Data Structures with Java4
CS G175C++ Programming4
CS G179C++ Programming, Advanced4
CS G189Data Structures With C++4
CS G242Computer Architecture and Organization3
CS G262Discrete Structures3
DART G135Digital Illustration: Adobe Illustrator3
DART G150Digital Image Editing I: Beginning Photoshop3
DART G160Interaction Design for Mobile3
DART G178Web Design I3
DART G1802D & 3D Motion Graphics for Web and User Interface3
DRAF G101Basic Computer Aided Design Drafting3
DRAF G105Basic Engineering Drafting I, Computer Aided Drafting3
DRAF G110Basic Engineering Drafting II, Computer Aided Drafting3
ENGR G101Introduction to Engineering and Technology2
ENGR G220Programming and Problem-Solving in MATLAB4
ENGR G280Statics3
ENGR G285Engineering Circuits4
LIBR G110Introduction to College Research1
MATH G140Business Calculus4
MATH G180Calculus 14
MATH G185Calculus 24
Select no more than one course from the following:
BIOL G100Introduction To Biology4
CHEM G180General Chemistry A5
CHEM G185General Chemistry B5
PHYS G185Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS G280Calculus Based Physics: Electricity/Magnetism4
PHYS G285Calculus Based Physics: Modern4
Major Total18
GE Pattern (Local, CSU GE-Breadth, or IGETC)18-39
Total Units60