Students that pursue a pathway in Math & Computers seek to understand computation; this includes analyzing algorithms and proving properties such as correctness and complexity, and requires an understanding of appropriate mathematical tools. Upon learning how to create original computational structures, students develop an understanding of fundamental techniques in algorithm and data structure design.
AT A GLANCE
IS THIS YOU?
I would like to explore and create with new technology.
I want to understand how the universe works.
I like to solve problems using math or science.
I appreciate advanced technology and engineering.
I enjoy developing theories or hypothesis.
I like to study, conduct research, or work in a lab.
I like complicated problems and intellectual challenges.
I am innovative and creative.
MODELING & PROCESSING Data
Explore the Different Possibilities
Check out the specific concentrations within this interest cluster, with information regarding specific careers, as well as potential majors to pursue in college!
Connect with Alumni or a Senior Mentor
Check out how our alumni students and current seniors are pursuing this pathway! Learn about what it takes. To learn more about an alumni's journey, check out their roadmap.
Choosing the Right Courses
Provided here are the COC classes that are recommended for your pathway. You are not required to take all them, so you should talk to your counselor to clarify which classes are right for you. Explore the different possibilities below!
Four-Year Ed Plans
Provided here are ed plans for you to take AOC & COC coursework for specific concentrations within this pathway.
Keep in mind that these ed-plans are subject to change based on your individual needs and preferences.
Many of the ed-plans above do not result in earning an Associate Degree. However, completing one of the ed-plans above will still allow you to complete your IGETC and to transfer several General Ed college credits.
GENERAL ADVICE FOR THIS PATHWAY
Computer Science is VERY competitive. If you take any SAT Subject Tests, it’s important to take and get a high 700 on the SAT Math II Subject Test (preferably 800) to demonstrate you’re strong in Math beyond what’s covered on the SAT or ACT. Getting a perfect or high score on SAT II Physics or any other science Subject Test isn’t required, but it also will help your application.
Try to take as many COC CMPSCI courses as possible to see if you really want to pursue this career. These classes test your ability with lab components where you have to code programs on your own.
There are many online resources you can use to help you to learn to code by yourself. Codecademy.com is a popular option. This website teaches you basic coding languages for free.
You can start now! Learn by doing. Books, videos, and classics only teach you theory. If you have an idea, execute it.
App development is encouraged. Smartphones are the future of technology so it’s best to get a head start now. Most android apps are coded through Android Studio and IOS apps are coded with Xcode. Mobile games are often coded through Unity. Many of these programs have useful youtube tutorials online, so watch them and try them out.