Computers are so ingrained in our day-to-day lives that it’s not surprising to learn that jobs in the computer science field are consistently listed among the fastest-growing in the U.S. From information technology to cybersecurity, computer science is a rapidly expanding industry.

About Salem’s Computer Science Associate Degree

With an associate degree in computer science, you can develop the foundational knowledge you need to pursue support technician, software development, and other entry-level computer science roles. We’ve designed our computer science associate degree program to teach you what you need to know to take the first step into the computing job market or prepare for our bachelor’s degree in computer science program. You can choose to take the computer science associate degree program on-campus in Salem, West Virginia, or through our convenient, fully online program option.

Our faculty and staff have developed the computer science associate degree program around rewarding classroom experiences that utilize instruction, skills-building, and real-world application. We always keep in mind the needs of you, the student, and what the current industry is looking for, all within a global perspective. Computer sciences are STEM Designated Degree Programs by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, signaling the importance of these studies to the nation and the world.

What Can I Do With a Computer Science Associate Degree?

Salem’s computer science associate degree program readies you to either step into the field of computer science in a number of different areas or pursue your bachelor’s degree with further study. Graduates can apply for entry-level positions as a:

  • Programmer Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Requirement Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Operations and Maintenance Specialist
  • Software Development and Support Specialist

What Will I Learn in Salem’s Associate Degree in Computer Science Program?

We’ve developed our computer science associate degree to give you a solid foundation of general knowledge aimed at increasing reasoning capability and basic knowledge of computing principles. This is a rapidly growing and changing industry, which is why we prioritize expert instruction and a focus on giving you the chance to apply the skills you’re learning, so that you can be better prepared to adapt and learn as your career advances.

Graduates will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in basic programming languages, computer architecture, and applications
  • The ability to apply computer science theory and principles in addressing global business opportunities and challenges
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in computer science with an applied, real-world focus
  • The ability to communicate information in written, oral, and graphic formats

What Computer Science Classes Will I Take?

The computer science associate degree program requires the completion of 60 semester credits — with at least 24 general education credits and at least 15 credits from the Computer Science core, which includes:

  • CS100 Principles of Computer Science
  • CS110 Introduction to Computer Architecture
  • CS120 Fundamentals of Computation
  • CS130 Fundamentals of Computer Graphics
  • CS150 Introduction to Programming
  • CS310 Database Architectures
  • CS350 Operating Systems
  • CS409 Networking
  • CS445 Project Management

All hours earned in the computer science associate degree track can be applied to the requirements of our bachelor’s degree track.

How Long Will It Take to Get My Computer Science Associate Degree?

On average, a full-time student can earn their computer science associate degree in approximately 20 months. However, we recognize every student is different, with different circumstances. It’d be best to contact one of our admissions advisors to discuss your specific questions and goals.

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Why Choose Salem University?

Since 1888, Salem University has built upon our tradition of accessible, affordable higher education by constantly innovating and looking to the future. We aim to develop lifelong learners who embrace problem-solving with a global perspective. We offer:

  • Accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs of study with continuous enrollment via distance education or on-campus
  • A unique one-course-a-month format that allows students to focus on a single subject at a time and build their knowledge in a way that feels natural
  • Online courses are structured to work within the constraints of full-time employment, allowing you to earn your degree with minimum disruption to your busy schedule
  • Supportive faculty and staff who serve as thought leaders and mentors
  • A beautiful 100-acre campus situated in the Smoky Mountains where programs of study are available for campus residents and commuter students

Admission Requirements

Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or apply online. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.

Take the Next Step

If you’re interested in getting started on your Associate of Science in Computer Science degree from Salem University, now is a great time to request more information or, better yet, chat with us live.