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Transfer Program | Computer Science, AST

Location(s): Salem Campus


Are you interested in a career as a software developer? Or one in machine learning or data science? Maybe you are interested in learning how to solve brand new problems using computation as a tool. A Computer Science or Software Engineering degree allows you to develop the skills you will need.

Chemeketa’s Computer Science program offers a two-year program that articulates to four-year bachelor’s degree programs in these areas. At Chemeketa, you can earn an Associate of Science Transfer in Computer Science (AST-CS) degree. This degree is accepted by most public universities in Oregon. Students who complete the degree and enroll in a participating university are ensured a two-year path to finishing a bachelor’s degree.

AST-CS Degree Outcomes:

Students completing the AST-CS degree should be able to satisfy the following outcomes:

  1. Develop software using both structured and object-oriented paradigms that meets the requirements of a written specification.
  2. Explain the software development life cycle and the specific tools and processes used to create software.
  3. Design, analyze, and implement algorithms to solve computational problems using various data structures as problem-solving tools. These data structures must include arrays, stacks, queues, linked lists, trees, and hash tables.

Degree Options:

There are two versions of the AST-CS degree: the Core cluster and the Systems cluster. The Core cluster is accepted by WOU, SOU, and EOU. The Systems cluster is required for transfer to OSU, PSU, and UO.

Both clusters use the same course list for the first year but are different in the second year. The second year of the Systems cluster requires additional computer science, math, and a sequence of science courses. These extra requirements prepare students for the demands of schools with a greater focus on engineering and research.

Because the first year is the same in both tracks, you do not need to know which university you want to transfer to right away. However, you will need to make this decision by the start of your second year so you can complete the right set of courses. Students uncertain about where they will transfer should complete the Systems cluster.

Associate of Science Transfer - Computer Science

You may earn an associate of science degree by successfully completing the required courses and at least 90 credit hours. You must complete all required courses with a grade of “C” or better to earn the degree. As some universities require computer science and/or math grades higher than a C grade, it is best to check with an advisor of the school you may be thinking of transferring to obtain their specific requirements.

Are you looking to print a Degree Planner for this program? Click on located at the upper right corner of this page.

First Year


First-year requirements are the same for all CS students (both Core and Systems tracks). Not all courses need to be done in the prescribed term, but not all courses are available every term.

Term 1


Term 2


Term 3


Core Cluster


Complete this cluster of courses in addition to the first-year requirements if you are transferring to EOU, SOU, or WOU.

You must earn 90 credits for the AST degree. Elective courses marked with a * are suggested options to earn those 90 credits. All elective courses must be 100-level or higher. Although any college-level courses may be used to satisfy this requirement, students should pick courses that satisfy additional requirements at their transfer target and best complement their degree. Consult with an advisor for assistance in picking appropriate electives.

Term 4


Term 5


  • Elective* - CIS 278  or CIS 102A  recommended

  • CS 205 or Elective* - CS 205   will transfer as a required course at WOU.

  • Credits: 4
  • Lab Science - select from Core Cluster Science Options list below

Term 6


Take electives as needed to reach 90 credits. Recommended courses include CS 290  and CIS 140U .

Core Cluster Science Options


In the Core Cluster you need to complete two lab science courses. Those should be selected from the following list:

System Cluster


Complete this cluster of courses in addition to the first-year requirements if you are transferring to OSU, PSU, or UO

You must earn 90 credits for the AST degree. Elective courses marked with a * are suggested options to earn those 90 credits. All elective courses must be 100-level or higher. Although any college-level courses may be used to satisfy this requirement, students should pick courses that satisfy additional requirements at their transfer target and best complement their degree. Consult with an advisor for assistance in picking appropriate electives.

Term 4


Term 5


Term 6