Computer Science Department

Two female students working together in a computer lab.Ohlone's Computers Science A.S. and A.A. Degrees and Certificates prepare students for employment in the field of computers, networking, and emerging fields in technology as a computer programmer, database administrator, systems administrator, support specialist, network technician, computer engineer, web developer, or related positions. Students may also prepare for a variety of certifications, such as Cisco Certified Network Associate, Cisco Network Professional, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.

Computer Science Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Science (A.S.) Degrees

  • Computer Engineering A.S. Degree (PDF) - Designed to prepare students for pursuing studies at the university level in computer science and engineering. The core courses in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics required in this associate degree will fulfill the lower division major requirements at many universities. Students are advised, however, to meet with their counselor to assess the course requirements for specific universities. This program will enable students to develop a strong foundation in the computer and engineering sciences as well as a thorough training in applying their mathematical skills. In addition, students completing this program will acquire valuable cognitive skills (logic and common sense, reasoning and problem-solving skills) and practical laboratory skills. The theoretical and practical knowledge acquired through this program will enhance their success with obtaining entry-level jobs that require two years of college-level computer engineering and math.
  • Computer Science A.S. Degree (PDF) - Designed to prepare students for pursuing studies at the university level in computer science and engineering. The core courses in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics required for this associate degree will fulfill the lower division major requirements at many universities. This program will enable students to develop a strong foundation in the computer and engineering sciences as well as a thorough training in applying their mathematical skills. In addition, students completing this program will acquire valuable cognitive skills (logic and common sense, reasoning and problem-solving skills) and practical laboratory skills. The theoretical and practical knowledge acquired through this program will enhance students' success with obtaining entry-level jobs that require two years of college-level computer science and math.
  • Desktop Support A.S. Degree (PDF) - PC Technicians install, fix, repair, and upgrade personal computers. In contrast to Technical Support Specialists, who often support computer software applications, PC Technicians tend to focus on computer hardware. Software is used, but typically only at the operating system level in order to diagnose problems or correctly configure a system.
  • Network Administrator A.S. Degree (PDF) - Network Administrators manage all of the day-to-day aspects of a computer network. In addition to configuring networks they are responsible for making the network operational 24 hours a day. Tasks performed include installing and configuring new equipment, including desktop PCs and servers, troubleshooting day to day problems and unusual issues with networked equipment, and evaluating the need for upgrades or replacements of current computer hardware and software solutions. Students who achieve this program can become employed as a network administrator in virtually all businesses and enterprises where computers and networks are used. Students are also well prepared for industry certification.
Student intensely looking at his computer screen.

Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degrees

  • Computer Studies A.A. Degree (PDF) - This degree has 2 options:
    • Computer Programming (Internet/Web Programming)
    • Computer Programming (Software Development)
    Prepares students for entry-level employment within the IT field. Graduates can either use their degrees to obtain positions such as information technology project managers, program managers, or network administrators; or they may choose to pursue further study. An associate degree will prepare students for transfer to a bachelor's program when complemented with additional math, science, and GE requirements. Students must obtain certain technological skills before moving on to more advanced study. In addition to becoming familiar with basic computer principles, students will also acquire analytical skills, software engineering skills, programming skills, troubleshooting skills, data management skills, applied knowledge skills, and technical skills.
  • Natural Science: Mathematics and Technology Emphasis A.A. Degree (PDF) - Designed to enable students to develop a strong foundation in mathematics and technology. Furthermore, the theoretical knowledge and laboratory skills acquired by students in this emphasis will also enhance their success with obtaining entry-level jobs that require two years of college-level mathematics and technology courses. Classes prepare students for technical careers such as in information technology, systems administration, and networking.

Certificates of Achievement

Certificates of Accomplishment

Additional Information

Review a sample listing of Courses in this area of study. Review academic requirements in the Catalog and in the Curriculum Guides. All students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review academic program requirements and/or have questions answered.

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Ohlone-Microsoft DreamSpark Program

Free Microsoft operating systems and server software is available for Ohlone CS, CNET, and CAOT students!

All full-time and part-time CS, CNET, and CAOT students are eligible to download operating systems, server application programs, and developer tools that are available through Ohlone College and Microsoft DreamSpark. Download Ohlone-Microsoft DreamSpark program detailed information and procedures (PDF).

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