Catalog year 2016/2017


Provides a core of courses which enables the student to transfer to a four-year college and major in computer science. The program is designed to give broad coverage of both mathematics and computer science which is comparable to that offered in the first two years of a four-year college’s computer science major with an emphasis on object-oriented design and programming.

Computer Science Curriculum Pathway


Andy Yao
Program Manager

Doree Lynn Miles
Academic Office Manager

Program Brochure

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  • Students must complete their credit English and Mathematics within the first 24 credits.
  • One general education course must meet the cultural competence graduation requirement. 
  • CORE: The General Education CORE is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing a coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting General Education CORE requirements.
Course Credits
EN 101–English Composition 3
MA 210–Calculus I 4
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) (Electives must be from two disciplines) 6
Arts & Humanities
Arts Elective (GenEd course list) 3
Humanities Elective (GenEd course list) 3
Communications Elective (GenEd course list) 3
Biological & Physical Sciences
Biological or Physical Sciences Elective (Lab course) (GenEd course list) 4
Biological or Physical Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues
CIS 106–Introduction to Object Design & Programming 3
PE/Health Requirement 1/3
Departmental Requirements
CIS 201–Computer Science I 4
CIS 202–Computer Science II 4
CIS 222–Computer Organization 4
CIS Electives:  Select from the following list:
CIS 111J, CIS 111L, CIS 111M, CIS 140, CIS 170, CIS 179, CIS 180, OR any CIS 200-level course
Mathematics Electives: Select 6/8 credits from the following:  MA 111, MA 130, MA 131, MA 202,
MA 206 or MA 207, MA 211, MA 212, MA 213, MA 218
Total 60
Transfer certificate option designed for students seeking early entry to a computer science bachelor’s program or for students with an undergraduate degree seeking to enter a graduate program that requires preparation in computer science and mathematics.

Course Credits
Departmental Requirements 
MA 210–Calculus I 4
CIS 106–Introduction to Object Design & Programming 3
CIS 201–Computer Science I 4
CIS 202–Computer Science II 4
Total 15
1. What technology degrees, certificates, and letters of recognition are available?
The following degree, certificate, and Letter of Recognition options are available:

  • Computer Science (Transfer Program)
  • Information Technology Option I: Information Technology Specialist
  • Information Technology Option II: Network Engineer
  • Information Systems Management (Transfer Program)

  • Computer Science Studies
  • Software Specialist
  • Computer Studies
  • Personal Computer Support Specialist
  • Information Security and Assurance

Letters of Recognition
  • Database Administration

2. What can I do with a Computer Science degree?
This program can lead to a job as a Programmer, Software Developer, Applications Developer, or Development Engineer. This program is designed as a transfer program allowing students to transfer their credits to a four-year institution.

3. What can I do with an Information Systems Management degree?
This program can lead to a job as a System Analyst, Business or QA Analyst, IS Manager, IT Relationship Manger, or IT Service Manager.  This program is designed as a transfer program allowing students to transfer their credits to a four-year institution.

4. What can I do with an Information Technology Option I degree?
This program can lead to a job as a PC Repair Specialist, Database Administrator, Data Modeler, Network Manager, Web Developer, Help Desk Manager, or IT Analyst.

5. What can I do with an Information Technology Option II degree?
This program can lead to a job as a Network Engineer or a Network Administrator. The Cisco track helps prepares students to sit for the CCENT and CCNA certification exams.

6. Which program is best for me?
That is a question only you can answer.  If you love working with your hands and fixing things, perhaps you would like the Information Technology Option I program.  If you like problem solving and want to transfer to a four-year college, the Computer Science program may be an option.  You can speak to the program manager who can help you decide which option is best for you.

7. Can I receive credit for my A+, Net+, Security+, or CCNA certifications?
If you hold a current CompTIA A+, Net+, Security+, or CCNA certification, you can receive credit for the courses that would typically lead to sitting for the certification.

8. When are the courses offered?
The courses for each program are offered in the following formats:
  • Day classes
  • Night classes
  • Hybrid  (half of the course is conducted online, and the other half is conducted in a traditional classroom setting)
  • Online
  • 7-week
  • 15-week
Students will be able to:
  1. Create an object-oriented program that implements data structures.
  2. Identify problem requirements that demonstrate understanding of user needs.
  3. Explain solutions that satisfy problem requirements.
  4. Analyze complexity of problem solutions.
  5. Design problem solutions that demonstrate efficiency.
  6. Construct software applications that implement a Graphical User Interface (i.e., GUI) Front-End.
  7. Produce documentation that describes implementation.
Computer science is the study of how computers are designed and used for computation, data processing, and systems control. Professionals in the field design and develop computer hardware and software, and create computer programs that enable computers to perform intended functions.

Frederick Community College’s Computer Science program offers a foundation in programming with credits that can be transferred to a four-year college. The computer science field offers opportunities for employment to graduates with knowledge and skills in computer programming, software development, or applications development.

FCC offers the following program options for students interested in computer science. Credits earned in the certificate program may be applied to the associate degree.
FCC has articulation agreements with the following institutions for students graduating with an A.S. in Computer Science and who are looking for transfer opportunities. For more information, please contact CIS Program Manager at or 301.846.2410.
  • Hood College – B.S. Computer Science

The Career & Transfer Center has a variety of print and electronic resources available to help with transfer planning. ARTSYS, a computerized articulation system created especially to help community college students transfer to Maryland four-year institutions is available, as well as College Source and College Board. College Source also allows students to view college catalogs from across the nation. For more information, visit the Career & Transfer Center, Enrollment Services Building, J-201, 301.846.2594.