Apr 19, 2024  
2015 - 2016 CNM Catalog, Volume 48.1 
2015 - 2016 CNM Catalog, Volume 48.1 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Computer Science, Associate of Science

School of Business & Information Technology (BIT)


Students majoring in Computer Science examine the theory of computation, the design of algorithms and how to apply these principles to problem-solving. 

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Career and Educational Opportunities


This two-year program is designed to meet the requirements for an Associate of Science degree in Computer Science from CNM and prepare students to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the University of New Mexico.  However, students from CNM seeking a baccalaureate degree may also transfer to other institutions.  Students should refer to the catalog of their intended transfer institution for admission, program, course and graduation requirements.  Students should also consult a faculty advisor and/or the CNM Academic Advising Center.

Many of our courses are transferable to four-year degree programs, and CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.


Demand for workers in computer occupations is being driven by the continuing need for businesses, government agencies, and other organizations and industries to adopt and utilize the latest technologies. The ever-increasing use of computers and information technology has generated a need for highly trained, innovative workers in the field.

Gainful Employment Information  

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Associate of Science, Computer Science 61-65 credit hours

Program Approved Laboratory Science Courses

One of the following three sequences of laboratory science courses must be included in order to satisfy the lab science requirement:

1) BIO 1510/1592  and BIO 1610/1692 
2) CHEM 1710 /CHEM 1792  and CHEM 1810 /CHEM 1892  
3) PHYS 1710 /PHYS 1792  and PHYS 1810 /PHYS 1892 : This course sequence is strongly recommended.

In addition to one of the sequences specified above, the following lab science courses may be used to complete the 14 - 18 credit lab science requirement:

EPS 1101 /EPS 1192 
BIO 1110 /BIO 1192  (ENVS 101/102L is the UNM equivalent) however, students may not use EPS 1101 /EPS 1192  and BIO 1110 /BIO 1192  together to complete the lab science requirement.

The lab science courses must be completed with lab in one discipline; remaining two science courses do not require the lab portion.