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2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Computer Science, A.S. (General Transfer)

Academic Program Code: 452


The Computer Science Pre-Major is designed for students who plan to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.  A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science prepares students to design software, solve computing problems, and discover new applications of computing technology.  This includes operating systems, data communication, programming languages, and algorithm design.

This degree allows students to select specific courses that are equivalent to those offered in the freshman and sophomore years at four-year institutions. Transfer institutions may have specific admission requirements or require particular courses be taken as part of the A.S. degree, both within general education and electives. Students who plan to transfer are responsible for completing the admission requirements of the transfer institution.

General Education Courses

Select a minimum of 40 credit hours of course work from the General Education course list.  Course work must be selected as directed in the areas below.

English Composition and Communications

All students must take EN 101.


Select two (2) Humanities General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas.  Only one (1) Foreign Language course can be used for the Humanities requirement.

Social Sciences

Select two (2) Social Sciences General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Select one (1) of the following science sequences: CHM 130/131 and CHM 140/141 or BI 151/152 or PH 125/126 or PH 245/246 or CHM 150/151 and CHM 160/161.  Select both MA 133 and MA 134 and one (1) additional Natural Sciences Elective from a discipline other than the sequence selected.

General Education Total Credit Hours

40 (minimum)

Total Credit Hours



Total of Gen Ed credits corrected to 40 and total credit hours changed to 62. Corrected October 10, 2017

Essential Abilities/Technical Standards

The Grand Rapids Community College Computer Information Systems department has specified essential abilities and technical standards critical to the success of students in any academic program within the Computer Information Systems department. Students must demonstrate these essential abilities to succeed in their program of study. Qualified applicants are expected to meet all admission criteria, and matriculating students are expected to meet all progression criteria. Both are expected to meet the essential abilities and technical standards described below, with or without reasonable accommodations.

  1. Essential judgment skills to include: ability to identify, assess, and situations for the purpose of problem solving in the field of Computer Information Systems, and coming to appropriate conclusions and/or course of actions. Essential judgment skills include:
    1. Ability to utilize a set of software applications appropriate for the task
    2. Develop practical solutions to technological problems
    3. Deploy those solutions and provide for their maintenance and administration

  2. Essential physical/neurological functions to include: Behaviors that demonstrate essential neurological and physical functions include, but are not limited to: observation, listening, understanding relationships, writing, and psychomotor abilities consistent with course and program expectations. This includes:
    1. Ability to effectively integrate research methods, appropriate theory, mathematics, and computational technology to analyze and solve problems encountered in the development of technological solutions

  3. Essential communication skills to include: ability to communicate effectively with fellow students and faculty. Skills include verbal, written, and nonverbal abilities as well as information technology skills consistent with effective communication. Specific examples include:
    1. Ability to effectively elicit requirements for a problem requiring the use of computer technology to solve, and the written and oral communication of results to technical and non-technical colleagues and clients.

  4. Essential emotional coping skills: ability to manage potential stressors that accompany tasks necessary to safely engage in the practice of Computer Information Systems work determined by professional standards of practice. Essential emotional coping skills include the ability to work independently and in collaboration with colleagues.

  5. Essential intellectual/conceptual skills to include: ability to measure, calculate, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information in order to be productive and competent in the Computer Information Systems field. This includes:

    a. Ability to effectively integrate research methods, appropriate theory, mathematics, and computational technology to analyze and solve problems encountered in the development of technological solutions.

    b. Ability to assimilate new methodologies and advances in computer technology in an ever-evolving discipline.

  6. Other essential behavioral attributes: ability to engage in activities relevant to the Computer Information Systems field without demonstrated behaviors of addiction to, abuse of, or dependence on, alcohol or other drugs that may impair behavior or judgment. The student must demonstrate responsibility and accountability for actions as a student in the Computer Information Systems department and as a developing professional in the field of Computer Information Systems consistent with accepted standards of practice. Finally, the student must be able to integrate the ethical standards of the profession and their professional knowledge and skills to contribute to society.

Grand Rapids Community College strives to be more than ADA compliant. We strive to be accessible and welcoming to all students of all abilities. After reviewing the Essential Abilities/Technical Standards for this program; your responsibilities as a student entail determining if you can complete all associated coursework either:

  1. With Accommodation. I am otherwise qualified to meet the same academic standards as any other student entering the program. However, based on a medically documented condition or diagnosis, I would qualify for reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990). I will meet with Disability Support Services on campus to arrange those accommodations in an interactive process with the department of Computer Information Systems.

  2. Without Accommodation. I am able to complete the program without need for reasonable accommodation or modification. In the event my medical documentation reveals otherwise or a condition manifests that would necessitate an accommodation; it is my responsibility to inform a responsible authority figure within the department of Computer Information Systems and work with Disability Support Services to see if a reasonable accommodation or modification can be made.

If you have a medically documented condition or diagnosis, please contact the Computer Information Systems office, or contact Disability Support Services (DSS) at disability@grcc.edu or by phone at 616.234.4140 to arrange accommodations through our interactive process.