Jul 19, 2024  
2020 - 2021 CNM Catalog, Volume 52 
2020 - 2021 CNM Catalog, Volume 52 [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. 

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Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Educational Opportunities

This 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 an Academic Coach with CNM Connect Services.

Many of the courses in this program are transferable and some may be applied to four-year degree programs at other institutions. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.

Career Opportunities

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.

Program Requirements


Minimum Credit Hours Required to Complete Degree: 61

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) BIOL 2110 /BIOL 2110L  and BIOL 2410 /BIOL 2410L  

2) CHEM 1215 /CHEM 1215L  and CHEM 1225 /CHEM 1225L  

3) PHYS 1310 /PHYS 1310L  and PHYS 1320 /PHYS 1320L : 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:

GEOL 1110 /GEOL 1110L 

BIOL 1215 /BIOL 1215L  (ENVS 101/102L is the UNM equivalent) however, students may not use GEOL 1110 /GEOL 1110L  and BIOL 1215 /BIOL 1215L  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.

* * Required if less than 14 credits of Approved Lab Science completed.