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Fall 2022 - Summer 2023 Academic Catalog 
Fall 2022 - Summer 2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Programming Certificate

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School: Mathematics, Science and Engineering
Academic Dept: Computer Science
HEGIS: 5103

Important Note about Program Requirements

The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program from Fall 2022 to Summer 2023. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.


Program Description

The Computer Programming certificate is designed to enable working professionals to upgrade their programming skills or make a career change. Recipients of this certificate will develop the critical thinking skills integral to computer programming, including problem analysis, solutions design and program testing in various up-to-date programming languages. The certificate is also appropriate for students who are studying (or who have earned degrees) in other academic disciplines such as Networking, Business, Computer Information Systems, Computer Graphics, Mathematics and Science. Courses involve programming in different languages such as C++, Java and C#.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to analyze and solve computer problems using software engineering development processes and object-oriented design principles.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to create computer software applications by following analysis and design requirements.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to design the internal structures of a computer.

Program Map

The academic map below presents the recommended plan of study and will guide you through your program in a timely manner. Click the course abbreviations for full course descriptions. A course may be critical because it is a pre-requisite, requires a minimum grade, or because it is only offered once a year. Missing a critical course may push back your graduation date. Meet with an Academic Counselor or Faculty Advisor to ensure you are on track to complete your program.

Critical Courses should be taken in the order shown to stay on track and graduate on time.


 Semester 1

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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
COMSC 110   4  
Semester Total Credits     4  

Semester 2

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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
COMSC 201   4  
COMSC 116   3  
COMSC 210   4  
Semester Total Credits     11  


Semester 3

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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
COMSC 214  or COMSC 208A  4  
COMSC 207   4  
COMSC 217   4  
Semester Total Credits     12  


Minimum Total Credits: 27

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed this program, and other important information please visit Computer Programming Certificate - GE Disclosure. For an overview of all gainful employment disclosures at Westchester Community College, visit

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