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Campus-based AS in Computer Science

Design the Future With an AS in Computer Science

Whether you’re looking to advance your career or start a new path, an Associate of Science (AS) in Computer Science degree on campus at Southern New Hampshire University can help you achieve your goals. Here, you’ll have opportunities to develop critical technical and professional skills through authentic, industry-relevant projects. The program curriculum will provide you with a solid understanding of fundamental programming techniques and concepts, preparing you for entry-level positions in both the public and private sectors.

See Yourself Succeed in Computer Science

The associate degree in computer science is built for today’s technology-driven world, where software analysts, designers and developers are in demand. You’ll experience courses that emphasize the design and development of computer software so you can build a foundation in problem solving using technology and algorithmic thinking.

In this program, you’ll learn applied programming skills, such as Python, Java and C++. You’ll also use design and testing tools, including Microsoft Visual Studio, to support all aspects of the software development lifecycle.

To prepare you for work on a development team, you’ll learn steps for agile project management including:

  • Analyzing complex computing problems and using computing principles to solve them
  • Designing, implementing and evaluating computing-based solutions to meet a given set of computing requirements
  • Communicating professionally and effectively in a variety of situations
  • Applying computer science theory and software development to create computing-based solutions

The 2-year program is a great option if you're already working in a computer science role and want to advance your skillset. It's also a smart choice if you want to explore the field of computer science without committing to a 4-year bachelor's degree.

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in accounting at SNHU include:

  • Supportive community. Join the SNHU campus community of students who are closely connected with faculty and staff dedicated to your success
  • Affordability. It’s our mission to make higher education more accessible. That’s why SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire
  • Accessible faculty. Learn from highly credentialed faculty who are experts in their fields and interact with you in the classroom, dining hall, fitness center and the stands
  • Opportunity. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni and strong connections with employers for internship and career opportunities
  • Campus experience. Enjoy more than 50 student clubs, champion Division II athletics and fun events on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH, named a "Best Place to Live" by Money magazine

Career Outlook

The associate degree in computer science prepares you to enter technology-related roles in a variety of industries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 15% from 2021 to 2031.1

With your associate in computer science, you'll be qualified for these roles and a number of entry-level jobs including:

  • Applications analyst
  • Application software developer
  • Computer programmer
  • Database Administrator
  • Systems software developer
  • Web developer

The skills you’ll gain from your associate degree in computer science provide a great foundation for continuing your education. If you want to earn a bachelor’s degree, you'll have the background you need to take your knowledge and skills even further.

Courses and Curriculum

The associate in computer science curriculum was developed by experts in the computer science industry whose years of experience are embedded into each course. You'll work on honing your programming techniques and mathematical computation and quantitative reasoning skills in major courses such as: programming languages, software development lifecycle, operating platforms, system analysis and design, and data structures and algorithms: analysis and design.

With a heavy focus on experiential and applied learning, this program will allow you to work on real-world problems while developing a digital portfolio of artifacts. Through the hands-on opportunities you'll have in your courses – and beyond – you can demonstrate your skills in a tangible way, giving you real experiences you can talk about with potential employers.

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Campus Undergraduate Tuition

Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals.

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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