What Are the Top Schools for a Computer Science Associate Degree?

Individuals with a passion for computing can pursue careers in computer programming, database administration, network systems management, and more with an associate's degree in computer science. Saint Paul College, Lawson State Community College and Cascadia Community College are among the top schools in the U.S. where students can earn an associate's degree in computer science. Schools offering Computer Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How to Choose a Computer Science School?

For students seeking an associate's degree in computer science, they should consider schools which prepare them for more advanced degrees in the field. Some schools will offer transfer credits, as well as preparatory courses for industry certifications. Programs should cover general programming topics as well as allow for specialization. Read below about three top schools offering associate's degrees in computer science.

Three Top Computer Science Schools

Saint Paul College in St. Paul, Minnesota

A top school for a computer science associate's degree is Saint Paul College, which was ranked number one among all U.S. community colleges by Washington Monthly magazine in 2013. Its Associate in Science in Computer Science program includes general education courses in math, communication, and the sciences, as well as core programming and computer technology courses. The programming courses cover Objective-C, Java, and XML. The networking courses prepare students for industry certifications, such as Cisco's Network+ credential. The 60-credit program can be completed in two years and may transfer to area universities.

  • Associate in Science in Computer Science

Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama

Lawson State Community College ranked number three on Washington Monthly's 2013 list of the top community colleges in the country. Its Business Technologies Division offers an Associate of Applied Science program in computer science with either a math or business concentration. Both tracks include general education, introductory programming and professional development courses; a co-op experience is also required the last semester of the program. Students in the math program take additional courses in hardware and software support, network communications, and systems analysis. Students in the business track take classes in business accounting and communications as well as examine how computer science applies to the business world.

  • Associate of Applied Science in Computer Science

Cascadia Community College in Bothell, Washington

At Cascadia Community College, students can earn an Associate of Science in Computer Science that prepares them for a career in computing technology and builds a foundation for the pursuit of an advanced degree in computer science or engineering. Cascadia Community College is a top choice for an associate's degree in computer science because it was the 22nd community college overall in the U.S., according to 2013 rankings by Washington Monthly. Cascadia Community College also has a special relationship with the University of Washington that gives students access to the university's library system, which features a collection of more than six million volumes. The core curriculum for an associate's degree candidate in computer science includes courses in the fundamentals of programming, including functions, modular programming, variable types, and programming languages such as C#. Additional courses cover networked systems, web design and development, UNIX basics, and scripting languages.

  • Associate in Science Track Two, Computer Science

Ten Computer Science Schools

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocation
Adirondack Community College2-year, PublicQueensbury, NY
Community College of Aurora2-year, PublicAurora, CO
Franklin University4-year, PrivateColumbus, OH
Lake Michigan College4-year, PublicBenton Harbor, MI
Manchester Community College2-year, PublicManchester, CT
Moorpark College2-year, PublicMoorpark, CA
Odessa College2-year, PublicOdessa, TX
Bakersfield College2-year, PublicBakersfield, CA
Seminole State College2-year, PublicSeminole, OK
Union County College2-year, PublicCranford, NJ

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