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County College of Morris to Offer A.S. Degree in Computer Science

New Program Designed to Meet Growing Employment Needs

County College of Morris (CCM) will begin offering a new Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Computer Science this coming Spring Semester through its Information Technologies department.

The 62-credit degree program is modeled on the standards set by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest computing professional organization.  The new program replaces the Associate in Applied Science degree the college has offered the past several years. The A.S. in Computer Science is designed to prepare students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities where they can earn a bachelor’s degree or higher to take advantage of growing market demands.

“We decided to align our curriculum with the ACM so students can transfer to four-year institutions knowing our approach will provide them with sound and practical training and knowledge to further their education,” said Professor Nancy Binowski, who led the effort for the new degree program.

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that computer science-related professions will continue to have solid growth through 2020, with some occupations, such as software developer, having faster than average growth.

“Students must be getting the message,” said Professor Bonnie Murphy, chair of Information Technologies. “Our enrollments have been rising steadily in the Information Technologies department with computer programming being the most popular having increased more than 100 percent in just two years.”

Highlights of the new degree program include the implementation of Computer Science I and II, Computer Architecture and Operating Systems courses, along with general education courses to meet state requirements.

“In addition to expanding our curriculum, this new approach to computer science will smooth the process for students who want to transfer to New Jersey state colleges and universities,” noted Patrick Enright, dean for Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies at CCM.

For additional information on the new degree program, please contact Professors Binowski or Murphy in the Department of Information Technologies by calling 973-328-5780 or emailing nbinowski@ccm.edu or bmurphy@ccm.edu. To apply to CCM, go to www.ccm.edu/admissions.