Computer Science

Students prepare for entry in various careers in the Information Technology industry that require a solid foundation in computer programming. Students design, develop and test client-server applications, practice more advanced database tasks, and bring their learning together in a capstone project or internship at the conclusion of the program. Reinforcement of theory is achieved through lab projects and close instructor contact. General education classes needed for the degree are offered both in person and online.

Students completing the AAS or AAS-T degree requirements may transfer to one of the many local Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) programs in computer science, including the BAS in Application Development at RTC. They also can enroll at City University, DeVry University, and University of Phoenix with junior standing in a variety of business- and computer-related bachelor degree programs.


Enrollment Point: Fall, Winter, Spring


Certificate of Completion: 
3 Quarters
47 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
6 Quarters
92 Credits
AAS - Transfer: 
6 Quarters
92 Credits
Bachelor of Applied Science: 
N/A
N/A

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Median Salary: 
$63,500
Projected Growth: 
20%
Annual Job Openings: 
13,470

These amounts are based on median entry level wages, they are estimates and are not guarantees. For more information, visit careerinfo.net

Tuition

At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

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Scholarships

The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.


All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Dimpy Gill, Kayla Jang, Lhoucine Zerrouki


Entry Requirements

Admission Recommendations

  • Counselor and instructor interview
  • Basic keyboarding skills (25 words per minute)
  • Proficiency in arithmetic

Course Information

Requirements for IT Fundamentals Certificate

Course # Course Title Credits
COL 101 College Success 2
CNT 156 CompTIA A+ Core I 5
CSI 120 Computer Programming I 5
CSI 122 Computer Programming II 5
CSI 124 Computer Programming III 5
CSI 130 Database Design 5
CSI 140 Front-End Web Development 5
AMATH 175 Applied Math for Business and Industry or  
  More advanced mathematics option 5
ANTH& 234 Religion and Culture or  
PSYC& 100 General Psychology or  
SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology 5
COMP 100 Applied Composition or  
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
  Total 47

 

Requirements for AAS Degree

Course # Course Title Credits
COL 101 College Success 2
CNT 156 CompTIA A+ Core I 5
CSI 120 Computer Programming I 5
CSI 122 Computer Programming II 5
CSI 124 Computer Programming III 5
CSI 130 Database Design 5
CSI 140 Front-End Web Development 5
CSI 226 Computer Programming IV 5
CSI 234 Applied Database Development 5
CSI 242 Client-Side Scripting 5
CSI 250 Rich Internet Applications 5
CSI 260 Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms 5
CSI 293 Capstone Design and Development Project 5
CSI 294 Cooperative Education/Internship (optional)^ (10)
AMATH 175 Applied Math for Business and Industry* or  
AMATH 190 Financial Algebra** 5
ANTH& 234 Religion and Culture or  
PSYC& 100 General Psychology or  
SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology 5
ART& 100 Art Appreciation or  
HUM& 101 Introduction to Humanities or  
MUSC& 105 Music Appreciation 5
COMP 100 Applied Composition or  
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
  Two approved general education options^^ 10
  Total 92

 

Requirements for AAS-T Degree

Course # Course Title Credits
COL 101 College Success 2
CNT 156 CompTIA A+ Core I 5
CSI 120 Computer Programming I 5
CSI 122 Computer Programming II 5
CSI 124 Computer Programming III 5
CSI 130 Database Design 5
CSI 140 Front-End Web Development 5
CSI 226 Computer Programming IV 5
CSI 234 Applied Database Development 5
CSI 242 Client-Side Scripting 5
CSI 250 Rich Internet Applications 5
CSI 260 Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms 5
CSI 293 Capstone Design and Development Project 5
CSI 294 Cooperative Education/Internship (optional)^ (10)
AMATH 175 Applied Math for Business and Industry* or  
AMATH 190 Financial Algebra** 5
ANTH& 234 Religion and Culture or  
PSYC& 100 General Psychology or  
SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology 5
ART& 100 Art Appreciation or  
HUM& 101 Introduction to Humanities or  
MUSC& 105 Music Appreciation 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
MATH& 107 Math in Society** or  
MATH& 141 Precalculus I** or  
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics** 5
  One approved general education option^^ 5
  Total 92

^Students who find a full-time internship may substitute CSI 294 for all 10 CSI credits in the final quarter (CSI 250 and CSI 293).

^^Natural Science (BIOL& 100, GEOL& 101, or NUTR& 100) is recommended.

*Students who place into higher math or present math transfer credit may substitute other general education courses for the developmental math sequence. The AAS-T requires just 5 credits of a MATH& option.

**These classes have prerequisites. Students should plan carefully based on their math skills and placement results.

 

Approved General Education Courses

Approved General Education classes are listed below. Students should choose options that meet their career and educational goals. Transfer credits and requests to take a class not listed below must be approved by the program Dean.

Course # Course Title Credits
ACCT& 201 Principles of Accounting I 5
ANTH& 106 American Mosaic 5
ART& 100 Art Appreciation 5
BIOL& 100 Survey of Biology 5
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication 5
CMST& 220 Public Speaking 5
ECON& 201 Microeconomics 5
ECON& 202 Macroeconomics 5
ENGL& 102 Composition II 5
GEOL& 101 Introduction to Physical Geology 5
HUM& 101 Introduction to Humanities 5
MATH& 142 Precalculus II 5
MATH& 148 Business Calculus 5
MATH& 151 Calculus I 5
MUSC& 105 Music Appreciation 5
NUTR& 101 Human Nutrition 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology 5

Program Outcomes

  • Develop database-connected programming solutions.
  • Develop web applications.
  • Write clean code in at least two industry-standard programming languages.
  • Apply basic knowledge of data structures and algorithms to programming tasks.
  • Work effectively on diverse teams.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

Accreditation

External accreditation is not applicable to this program.

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