Academic Catalogs

Computer Science, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CN_CSPR
Control Number: 22387

This certificate is designed to provide the student with comprehensive grounding in the theory and practice of modern computer programming. Based on the recommendations of the Association of Computing Machinery, the Computer Programming Certificate prepares students to work as entry-level programmers. Students should not expect that they will necessarily meet the lower division requirements at specific colleges or universities. Students should consult the Transfer Information section of this catalog for specific transfer information.

Program Outcome

  1. Based on the recommendations of the Association for Computing Machinery, The Computer Programming Certificate prepares students to work as entry-level programmers, or used to fulfill some of the requirements for transfer to a Computer Science program at a four-year university.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
CS A150C++ Programming Language 14
CS A170Java Programming 14
CS A250C++ Programming Language 24
CS A200Data Structures3-4
or CS A262 Discrete Structures
Select one of the following:4-5
Calculus 1
Calculus 1 and 2 Honors
Calculus 2
Total Units19-21