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About the Program

The Associate in Science degree introduces students to the skills related to the analysis, design and development of information systems. Upon completion, the graduate will have acquired a solid mathematical background and a firm foundation in both the practical and theoretical aspects of contemporary computer science. This program has been designed to equip students to transfer into a typical four-year Computer Science degree program. Graduates will:

  • Power the modern world and solve complex problems by designing and coding programs, video games, and apps
  • Program in a variety of advanced languages that can be applied to various web and mobile technology platforms
  • Use cutting-edge software programming to drive dynamic innovation

The certificate will provide students with the knowledge to create a sophisticated, secure, multi-tiered Internet application. Essential programming, database and security concepts and techniques will be presented such that graduates will be able to analyze requirements and then design and develop a database-driven, interactive, client-server web application.

Specific transfer plans, with the college of choice, should be made as early in the degree as possible to ensure an appropriate program is planned for enrollment at Century and at the four-year school.

Computer Science Transfer Pathway AS Degree

The Computer Science Transfer Pathway AS degree offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an associate degree whose course credits will directly transfer to designated Computer Science bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The entire curriculum has been carefully designed to guarantee junior-year status to students who have been admitted to one of the seven Minnesota State universities. There, students can complete their bachelor’s degree by earning 60 additional credits.

Minnesota State universities include: Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

Transfer Pathway degrees may transfer to colleges and universities outside of the Minnesota State system, such as private and out-of-state schools. It is highly recommended that students interested in this possibility contact their intended transfer school, advisor/counselor, and program instructors for academic planning assistance.

Cost & Financial Aid

  • Tuition Cost Per Credit

    Century College can be extremely affordable through financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

    As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities.

    Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Our programs qualify for federal financial aid including Pell Grants, Federal Direct Loans, and others.

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Potential Job Titles

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  • Computer Programmers *
  • Computer Engineers *
  • Computer Systems Analysts *

* with bachelor’s and/or master’s degree

Salary Data

Computer Programmers *
Average Wage: $34.10/hour
Top Earners: $47.82/hour

Computer Engineers *
Average Wage: $45.62/hour
Top Earners: $65.99/hour

Computer Systems Analysts *
Average Wage: $37.83/hour
Top Earners: $52.77/hour

* with bachelor’s and/or master’s degree.
Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area - careerwise.mnscu.edu