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Associate of Arts
Computer Studies Curriculum Area

Computer Studies Curriculum Area
Associate of Arts
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  • 60 credits
  • Transfer up to 45 credits
  • All courses are available online
  • Select on-site and hybrid courses available
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  • $250 per credit hour
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Build your expertise in IT, information systems, computer science, software development, and more.

Gain knowledge and expertise in computer studies in this UMGC Associate of Arts specialized curriculum area. Gain introductory knowledge in programming, problem solving, or algorithm design, and then take a variety of courses that are applicable to a bachelor’s degree in a computing-related field.

Within the overall outcomes of the AA degree in General Studies, the specialized curriculum area in computer studies will help you apply a selected range of fundamental computer-based skills to advance your professional and career goals.

Total Credits Required: 60

  • Curriculum Area Courses: 25
  • General Education Courses: 35

Courses in the Specialization (25 Credits)

  • One 3-credit course in communication, writing, or speech, chosen from the following:
    • (3 Credits, ENGL 102)
    • (3 Credits, ENGL 281)
    • (3 Credits, JOUR 201)
    • Any 3-credit COMM or SPCH courses
    • Any 3-credit WRTG courses (except 486A and 486B)
  • One 1-credit course, chosen from the following:
    • (1 Credit, CAPL 198A)
    • (1 Credit, CAPL 198B)
    • (1 Credit, CAPL 198C)
    • (1 Credit, BMGT 121A)
    • (1 Credit, BMGT 121B)
    • Any 1-credit course
  • Computer studies-related courses (21 credits)   
    • Chosen from any CMIS, CMIT, CMSC, CMST, DATA, IFSM, or SDEV courses for which you have met prerequisites

General Education Requirements (35 Credits)

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult your academic advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and research and computing literacy).

Research and Computing Literacy Courses (7 credits)

One 3-credit professional exploration course (to be taken as the first course), chosen from the following:

  • (3 Credits, PACE 111B)
  • (3 Credits, PACE 111C)
  • (3 Credits, PACE 111M)
  • (3 Credits, PACE 111P)
  • (3 Credits, PACE 111S)
  • (3 Credits, PACE 111T)

One 1-credit research skills and professional development course, chosen from the following:

  • (1 Credit, LIBS 150)
  • (1 Credit, CAPL 398A)
  • Any general education course

One 3-credit course or three 1-credit courses, chosen from the following:

  • (3 Credits, IFSM 201)
  • (3 Credits, DATA 200)
  • Any CMIS, CMIT, CMSC, CMST, CSIA, IFSM, or SDEV course
Communications Courses (6 credits)
  • (3 Credits, WRTG 111) or (3 Credits, WRTG 291) or other writing course
  • (3 Credits, WRTG 112)
Math Course (3 credits)
  • (3 Credits, MATH 115)
    (prerequisite to computer science major)  or other approved mathematics course
Arts and Humanities Courses (6 credits)
  • (3 Credits, HIST 142) or (3 Credits, HIST 157) or other arts and humanities course
  • (3 Credits, ARTH 204) or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course
Behavioral and Social Science Courses (6 credits)
  • (3 Credits, ECON 201) or other behavioral and social science course
  • (3 Credits, GVPT 170) or other behavioral and social science course
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses (7 credits)
  • (3 Credits, BIOL 101) and (1 Credit, BIOL 102) or other paired science lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • (3 Credits, NUTR 100) or other science lecture course

Research and Computing Literacy Courses


  • (1 Credit, LIBS 150)

  • (3 Credits, IFSM 201) or
    (3 Credits, CMST 301)

Communications Courses


  • (3 Credits, WRTG 111) or
    (3 Credits, WRTG 291) or other writing course

  • (3 Credits, WRTG 112)

  • (3 Credits, SPCH 100) or other communication, writing, or speech course

Math Course


  • (3 Credits, MATH 103) or
    (3 Credits, MATH 107) or other approved math or statistics course

Arts and Humanities Courses


  • (3 Credits, HIST 142) or
    (3 Credits, HIST 157) or other arts and humanities course

  • (3 Credits, ARTH 204) or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses


  • (3 Credits, ECON 201) or
    (3 Credits, PSYC 100) or other behavioral and social science course

  • (3 Credits, GVPT 170) or other behavioral and social science course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses


  • (3 Credits, BIOL 101) and
    (1 Credit, BIOL 102) or other paired science lecture and laboratory course(s)

  • (3 Credits, NUTR 100) or
    (3 Credits, BIOL 160) or other science lecture course

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