Prepare for a major in Computer Science and Software Systems by taking recommended courses to fulfill the requirements of a transfer degree.

Computer science is the study of computers and their applications, information processing and the mathematical structures that relate to computation. It analyzes how simple processes (such as algorithms) can be combined to produce substantial, deliberate outcomes through manipulating, organizing, accessing, communicating and encoding information. Computer Science programs require a solid foundation in math and science. B.S. degrees typically require advanced study in math, science, and computer science courses. B.A. programs include basic computer knowledge and skills and often provide opportunities for multidisciplinary studies.

The Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) is part of Shoreline’s General Transfer program and is designed to meet the first two years of requirements of most four-year degrees.

Completion Award
Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement
Length of Study
90 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
On Campus

  1. Describe differences and similarities in how people across the globe experience social, cultural, economic, or political systems.
  2. Examine the interactions between societies and individuals.
  3. Apply methods of a specific discipline to interpret an expression of the human experience.
  4. Identify methods scientists use to explain aspects of the natural world.
  5. Use scientific laboratory practices within a field or discipline to investigate a scientific concept.
In addition to the outcomes above, students will gain the skills and knowledge included in Shoreline Student Learning Outcomes (SSLOs): Communication, Critical Thinking, Equity & Social Justice, Information Literacy, and Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning.

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Graduates with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Computing and Software Systems have far reaching opportunities in the computer career field, working as computer programmers, network specialists, systems and data communication analyst, software and hardware engineers, technical consultants and educators. Depending on the position, wages are typically strong ranging from $40,000 to well over $100,000 a year. Resource: Association for Computing Machinery at Potential employers include: computer software and hardware companies, software publishers, businesses and consulting firms, entertainment industry, schools, health care agencies and manufacturing companies.

Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter
WA-Resident Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
1 credit $145.17  $245.71  $339.54 $162.51
5 credits $673.85  $1,176.57  $1,645.70  $760.55
12 credits (full-time) $1,462.52  $2,476.40 $3,422.10  $1,637.76
15 credits $1,641.05 $2,667.59  $3,624.45 $1,819.05

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Fees
Approximately $20 - $120 per quarter, depending on courses selected

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