Computer Science

(See also: Computer Studies & Information Technology)

Computer science is the study of computers and their applications. This discipline includes a variety of specialties, such as systems programming, artificial intelligence, robotics, networking, and graphics. In preparation for transfer into more advanced fundamental and specialized areas, students learn basic programming, data structures, and architecture. Computer science majors will also need two or three semesters of calculus and discrete mathematics, depending on their choice of transfer institution. Career options in computer science include software engineer, computer engineer, systems analyst, database administrator, and software project manager.

Contact Information

Department Chair: June Porto

Dean: Al Taccone

www.miracosta.edu/CS

Department: Computer Science

Office: Building OC4800, 760.795.6811

Full-Time Faculty

June Porto

Associate Degrees

Associate in Arts Degree

Computer Science

The Computer Science program offers lower-division preparation for students who plan on transferring to pursue a bachelor's degree in computer science. Students planning to transfer and/or earn this associate degree may also need to complete additional requirements or electives required by the transfer institution, as many CSUs and UCs have unique admissions and preparation-for-the-major requirements. Students should meet with a MiraCosta College counselor to identify required courses and to develop a written plan for their targeted university.

Required courses: 
CS 111Introduction to Computer Science I: Java3
CS 112Introduction to Computer Science II: Java3
CS 113Basic Data Structures and Algorithms3
CS 220Computer Architecture and Assembly Language3
MATH 150Calculus and Analytic Geometry I5
or MATH 150H Calculus and Analytic Geometry (Honors)
MATH 155Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
Total Units21

Some of the following courses may also be required as preparation for the computer science major at a four-year university.

MATH 260Calculus and Analytic Geometry III4
MATH 226Discrete Mathematics3
MATH 265Differential Equations4
PHYS 151Principles of Physics I4
PHYS 152Principles of Physics II4
PHYS 253Principles of Physics III4

 

Associate in Arts Degree

Computer Programming Fundamentals

Students may earn the above-named associate degree by completing a certificate of achievement and the general education courses required for MiraCosta's Associate in Arts degree (see Associate Degrees). Students should meet with a MiraCosta counselor to identify required courses and to develop a written educational plan for the specific degree or certificate they wish to earn.

Certificate

Certificate of Achievement

Computer Programming Fundamentals

This certificate provides a strong foundation for knowledge of basic object-oriented programming (OOP) techniques and data structures used in computer science. Students gain experience in several OOP programming languages and in analyzing and assessing problems and formulating appropriate solutions. Completing this certificate will help students advance in their careers as computer programming professionals and solidify the foundation of their computer science skills.

Required courses: 
CS 111Introduction to Computer Science I: Java3
CS 112Introduction to Computer Science II: Java3
CS 113Basic Data Structures and Algorithms3
CS 150C++ Programming3
CS 151Advanced C++ Programming3
CS 220Computer Architecture and Assembly Language3
Select at least 6 elective units from the following:6
Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
Fundamentals of Scripting Languages
Mobile Device Application Development
Programming with Python
Discrete Mathematics
Total Units24
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Courses

CS 107: Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0707.10)

In this introductory computer programming course, students use pre-built objects to create animated storyboards in 3-D virtual worlds while learning the concepts of object-oriented programming (OOP). Using two abstracted high-level languages, such as Alice and Java, students experiment with drag-and-drop coding (Alice) and write code (Java). This course is highly recommended for beginning programming students prior to taking a code-writing class, such as Java or C++. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: No credit if taken after CS 111.

CS 111: Introduction to Computer Science I: Java

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: MATH 64.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0707.10)

This course provides an introduction to computer science and programming using an object-oriented language. It is designed primarily for students majoring in computer science and engineering. The course explores language basics, including control structures, data types, input/output, operators, classes, methods and parameters, basic inheritance, and documentation practices as well as testing and verification techniques. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: No credit if taken after CS 112.

CS 112: Introduction to Computer Science II: Java

Units: 3
Prerequisites: CS 111.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0707.10)

This course develops advanced object-oriented programming concepts and refines the concepts of inheritance, polymorphism, and encapsulation. Topics include various data structures and their usage, recursion, modularity and abstraction, including generics, event-driven programming, graphical user interfaces, applets, and exception handling.

CS 113: Basic Data Structures and Algorithms

Units: 3
Prerequisites: CS 112.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0707.10)

This course introduces the software development process using efficient algorithms and properly designed data structures to develop effective solutions to common programming problems. Topics include searching, sorting, hashing, algorithm analysis, object-oriented design, collections, lists, stacks, queues, trees, sets, dictionaries, and graphs.

CS 130: Fundamentals of Scripting Languages

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0707.10)

This course introduces students to scripting language(s) and webpage programming. Students develop, debug, implement, and integrate client-side scripts using automated tasking. Comparisons may be made among common scripting languages, such as JavaScript, PHP, Perl, and CGI.

CS 134: Mobile Device Application Development

Units: 3
Prerequisites: CS 112
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0707.10)

This course covers the essential steps of writing applications for a mobile device. Discussions include the application life-cycle, the necessary source and resources files as well as performance criteria and objectives. At the end of the course, students will be able to create basic applications for a specified mobile device. This course is designed for students who have little or no experience programming mobile devices but have some experience with Java and/or C++.

CS 138: Programming with Python

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0707.10)

This course introduces the Python programming language and its features. Python is a dynamic, object-oriented, extensible language that is perfect for the beginner and also meets industry needs. Python is well-suited for large, complex applications as well as website development and systems administration.

CS 150: C++ Programming

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: MATH 64.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0707.10)

Using an object-oriented (OOP) approach to design and programming in the C++ language, this course covers data input/output, data types, control structures, operators, functions, and the operating environment. Upon successful completion of the course, students are able to construct moderately complex programs in C++.

CS 151: Advanced C++ Programming

Units: 3
Prerequisites: CS 150.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0707.10)

In this advanced programming course, students design and implement increasingly difficult C++ programs that build upon skills acquired in C++ Programming (CS 150). They also develop appropriate and efficient methods to test their programs. Topics include polymorphism, inheritance, class libraries, the standard template library, advanced file input/output operations, recursion, virtual functions, exception handling, and data structures, such as linked lists, stacks, queues, and binary trees.

CS 220: Computer Architecture and Assembly Language

Units: 3
Prerequisites: CS 112.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (0707.10)

This course introduces the fundamental physical and structural concepts of assembly language programming. Topics include machine architecture, memory addressing, input/output, interrupts, control structures, compiling, and linking.

CS 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

CS 299: Occupational Cooperative Work Experience

Units: 1-4
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

Cooperative Work Experience is intended for students who are employed in a job directly related to their major. It allows such students the opportunity to apply the theories and skills of their discipline to their position and to undertake new responsibilities and learn new skills at work. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

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