A.S. Degree in Computer Science

Comp SciWhy Computer Science?

If you are the type of person who enjoys mathematics and science, likes solving problems and tackling creative challenges (like developing algorithms for the next wave of mobile communications devices), then computer science might be right for you.

A degree in computer science can lead to a fascinating career where your talent is showcased and where your salary is significantly above that of many other fields.

In addition, there remains an insufficient number of computer scientists to fill current demand, a situation that is not expected to change in the forseeable future. Computer scientists work in such areas as industrial design, system administration, software engineering, web site maintenance, computer gaming and information security.

Why Computer Science at SUNY Orange?

For 25 years, our computer science program has been successfully sending students to complete their studies at a variety of local and regional colleges and universities. Most of those students transferred with full junior status into a program of their choice.

We pledge to provide you with a first-rate program that parallels those at most upper-division institutions. we also provide a top-notch education at a very affordable price. We are committed to your success. You can begin realizing your dreams right here at SUNY Orange.

Top 5 Reasons You Should Study Computer Science At SUNY Orange

  • SUNY Orange provides a caring environment aimed at helping students succeed.
  • Students in the computer science program will benefit by learning from a group of highly experienced professors.
  • Small classes help students receive individualized instruction.
  • SUNY Orange students are part of a close-knit student community
  • Many graduates to the computer science program have successfully transferred to four-year colleges and universities to pursue advanced degrees.

Program Description

Photo: Computer lab for Computer ScienceThe Associate in Science degree program in Computer Science is designed for students of mathematics and science who wish to pursue a B.S. degree in Computer Science at senior colleges and universities. Its a goal to prepare the students for a successful transfer into such degree programs.

The curriculum is structured to emphasize scientific applications and the theoretical concepts which underlie computer design and development, languages, and systems. The program provides the core courses that would be encountered in the first two years of study at most four-year institutions.

Associate degree core courses in calculus, linear algebra, discrete math, digital electronics, computer science, data structures and assembly language programming constitute the nucleus of this program. Selected courses in the liberal arts support and enhance this central core.

To initiate this plan of study, students must have tested into college algebra (MAT 121) or higher on the Mathematics placement test. Students who do not meet the math requirement can be successful in reaching their academic goals by taking foundation courses and extending the program to three years.

Admission Criteria

Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have high school equivalency diplomas (GEDs). If students are not high school graduates, they may be eligible for admission to the College's 24 Credit Hour Program. If students are home schooled, they may be eligible for admission.

Transfer Opportunities

SUNY Orange has special relations with upper-level colleges and universities for transfer. These transfer institutions include:

  • Clarkson University
  • Florida Memorial University
  • Marist College
  • R.P.I. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • SUNY Institute of Technology
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • SUNY Oneonta
  • SUNY Purchase

Please contact the Department Chair of Applied Technologies Fern Steane at (845) 341-4523 for more information.