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Specialization in Computer Science

Associate of Science

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People who graduate with four-year degrees in computer science find a ready job market and good salaries. If you’re ready to drill down into the intricacies of computers, begin your degree at Tidewater Community College.

TCC designed its Associate of Science in Science with Specialization in Computer Science for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science. The program also meets the needs of students seeking teaching certification in secondary mathematics or computer science.

TCC’s professors will take you all the way from problem-solving through computer applications to programming to advanced concepts, such as virtual memory. Much of the classroom instruction takes place in labs with ready access to computers, and you can complete assignments at home using free software made available to students.

Courses in calculus, humanities and social sciences will round out your education.

Computer science classes are offered on the Virginia Beach and Chesapeake campuses and at the Tri-Cities Center in Portsmouth. Other requirements are available on any of the college’s four campuses – day, evening and online.

Get to know your fellow students and gain hands-on experience by joining one of the computer clubs on the Virginia Beach or Chesapeake campus.

Where can you go?

With the required GPA, you can take advantage of guaranteed transfer agreements with colleges and universities including:

  • Norfolk State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • … and many more!

See all transfer agreements

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What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university. 

TCC's Associate of Science in Science with Specialization in Computer Science consists of 4 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly on the Virginia Beach Campus Chesapeake Campus and the Tri-Cities Center in Portsmouth.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
60 credits x $185.35 per credit = $11,121.00 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

2-year transfer grants

First-time college students who meet GPA and other requirements may qualify for a 2-year transfer grant to apply toward tuition. Grants of $1,000 may be awarded for your junior and senior years.

Students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines may be eligible for an additional $1,000 each year.

See transfer grant details

Know before you go

If you are planning to transfer to a particular four-year college or university, be sure to familiarize yourself with admission requirements and transferable courses. Speak with a TCC academic counselor and plan your curriculum carefully!

For more information, visit the transfer programs page.

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Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.

Learn more about the CMVE

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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

Learn more about paying for college

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