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Computer Applications

A computer application (application or app for short) is a computer program designed to perform a group of coordinated functions, tasks, or activities for the benefit of the user. The study of computer applications prepares students for a career in the field of computer applications and software development. It also can help students to become proficient with a specific application, such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel or Adobe Photoshop.​

Career Options

Career options​ for students who get a degree in computer science include: software applications developer, computer systems analyst, graphic designer, network systems administrator, web developer, and computer programmer.​

​​Student Voice

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Matthew Johnson Matthew Johnson

​​Matthew Johnson is an alumnus of Norco College who majored in Computer Science and transferred to UC Santa Cruz in 2017. While at UCSC, Matthew worked as an intern with SurveyMonkey before graduating and accepting a full-time position as a software engineer at their Portland office.

“While at Norco College I spent a lot of time with friends at the STEM Center and was a STEM tutor and SI Leader (math and computer science) for two years,” said Johnson.

Academic Programs in Computer Applications​

The academic maps below will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize your education plan.

​School Trailhead for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)
Suggested Initial Coursework​​
Associate of Arts (AA) Degree - Area of Emphasis (AOE)
in Math & Science - CSU Pathway

Computer Science for Transfer (ADT)​ - Pathways for Transfer to a CSU or UC School
​​Program Flyer (Computer Information Systems - C++ Programming)
​​Program Flyer (Computer Information Systems - Computer Programming)​​​
​​Program Flyer (Computer Information Systems - Graphic Design)
​​​Program Flyer (Computer Information Systems - Java Programming)

Additional Resources

​​What can I do with this major? (Computer Science)​​​
​​What can I do with this major? (Graphic Design)​​​
​​​​​​Riverside Community College District General Education (RCCD GE) Requirements (PLAN A)​​​​
​​​California State University General Education (CSU GE) Requirements (PLAN B)
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in the California State University (CSU) system
​​​​​​Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Requirements (PLAN C)
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in either the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) system

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