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Computer Science

The Degree

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Outlook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook cites that employment of computer system analysts is projected to grow 25 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Faster than average growth is also expected for computer database administrators and software developers from 2012 to 2022. Computerworld's annual Hot Skills list identifies programming and application development (especially mobile applications and health care), project management, and business intelligence as areas that are in demand. The A.S. computer science degree program at Finger Lakes Community College is designed to meet the needs of a technical field that is continuously evolving and changing.

The Program

The A.S. degree is a technical degree that offers a solid core of required computing science courses. The degree requires a core of mathematics (including Calculus I and II) and science courses, in addition to required liberal arts courses necessary for transferring with full junior status into a baccalaureate degree program. The curriculum in the program is continually updated to reflect new changes in technology such as:

  • Mobile Application Development
  • Object-Oriented Programming and Design
  • Multimedia Development
  • Current Computing Platforms
  • Networking Technologies

Honors Courses: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.

Online Learning

The A.S. computer science degree program at FLCC is conveniently accessible on the internet and may be fully completed online. For more information on FLCC's online learning programs, contact the Office of Online Learning at (585)-785-1303 or you can visit the colleges' online degree programs page.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the technical knowledge and skills to develop and implement computer programming solutions necessary for successful transfer to a computing science or related major at a four-year institution of higher learning.
  • Demonstrate the ability for sound reasoning and problem-solving by planning, documenting, implementing, testing, and executing computer solutions to real-life problems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics in the development of computer algorithms and solutions.
  • Write clear and concise technical documentation, user documentation, and needs analyses.
  • Locate, research, analyze, and evaluate technical materials and professional technical resource organizations.
  • Effectively organize their thoughts, plan a presentation, and deliver oral presentations to an audience of their peers and instructors.
  • Demonstrate the ability to be effective team members, whether in the workplace or in society, by learning how to work together and communicate with each other in order to create a computer solution or final project within a required time frame.
  • Discuss key ethical issues and global concerns in relation to the field of computer science, and their responsibility to this field as computer science professionals of the future.
  • Demonstrate the ability to research, identify, evaluate, analyze, select, and implement current technologies as appropriate in order to implement effective solutions.

The Experience

Resources and Technology: Computer resources for student learning are extensive and diverse at FLCC. Classrooms and computer labs are equipped with state-of-the-art personal workstations, which are connected to a local area network (LAN). If you carry a laptop or tablet with you to campus, you will have access to FLCC's wireless network. Full access to the internet is available throughout the campus. Courses on campus are taught utilizing multiple platforms such as Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

Facilities: Computer labs are open evenings and weekends, and are also available at the FLCC Geneva Campus, Wayne County Campus, and Victor Campus Centers. FLCC offers computer certification testing at the Victor Campus Center, where the opportunity for you to take exams for Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA, and other technologies is available.

Resources: A wide variety of software packages and peripherals are available to support classroom instruction. Through FLCC's library, you will have on-line access to respected research databases such as LexisNexis, Expanded Academic Index, Medline, and others. In addition to classroom and lab experience, you may:

  • Attend panel discussions with FLCC alumni that work in computer areas.
  • Participate in field trips to computer sites.
  • Appear at seminars with transfer colleges.
  • Attend a "career day breakfast."

The Graduates

Graduates of the program have transferred to various four-year private and public institutions to pursue baccalaureate degrees. Some of these institutions* include:

  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • St. John Fisher College
  • Nazareth College
  • SUNY Colleges at Brockport, Geneseo and Utica/Rome

Graduates have gone on to work at companies in the Finger Lakes region such as ExxonMobil, Thompson Health, Garlock, Sutherland Group, and Canandaigua National Bank and Trust Company. Positions that have been obtained include:

  • Systems Analysts
  • Programmers
  • Consultants
  • Network Administrators

Salary: According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual wage for computer systems analysts was $79,680 in May 2012. Salary levels vary depending on the industry segment, geographic region, and level of education and experience attained.

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which FLCC students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the educational planning and career services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

As a computer science major, if you meet specific award criteria, you will be eligible for the following scholarships:

  • The Brenda S. (Brockman) Beck Memorial
  • Patricia Nettnin Memorial

For more details, contact a member of the computer science department or financial aid office.

The Faculty

The faculty in the computing sciences department brings to FLCC a wide range of talent and experience in academia and within the industry. Each faculty member specializes in a particular area of the discipline, and continually strives to stay current in that area. FLCC is committed to providing you with the most up-to-date programs and courses. In addition, it also provides you with an excellent education at the certificate and associates degree levels.