Apr 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Computer Science Pathway, A.S.

Return to: Computer Science and Engineering   

Computer Science is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and of practical techniques for their application and implementation in computer systems.

Computers are a mainstay in today’s society. Whether at home, school, or in the workplace, people use technology. Understanding how computer systems work and learning how to make everyday tasks more efficient are valuable skills. Studying computer science introduces students to the exciting and ever-changing technological world.

Perimeter College’s guided pathway in Computer Science teaches students the fundamentals of the science while also helping them to learn how to conceptualize, design and implement technology solutions. The pathway prepares students for careers in technology and for transfer to a four-year institution.

Perimeter College computer science students can benefit from scholarships, stipends, undergraduate research and STEM initiatives, such as ENLISTEM, MESA, PSLSAMP and STEP. Routinely, Perimeter’s students win national conference awards for research projects, and the robotics team consistently places in the top three in the Association for Computing Machinery Southeast Regional Robotics Competition.

Degree Requirements

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours)

See 1410 Core Curriculum Requirements  in the Undergradate Catalog. 

  • Area A: Essential Skills
  • Area B: Institutional Foundations
  • Area C: Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Area D: Natural and Computational Sciences
  • Area E: Social Science


Areas A

Required course:

Area D

Computer Science students may select a lab sequence from any of the options in Area D for science majors.

Required course:

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours)

  • All new students who begin the Computer Science pathway Fall 2017 or after will need to meet additional Computer Science major eligibility requirements to transition to the B.S. program in Computer Science at the Atlanta campus. Please see Major Eligibility Requirement for the B.S. degree in the bachelor level Undergraduate Catalog.
  • CSC 2720 Data Structures is a required course in Area G for the B.S. in Computer Science at Georgia State University’s Atlanta campus. Students who transition to the B.S. in Computer Science at Georgia State University will be required to complete an Area F elective to substitute for CSC 2720 when it is moved into Area G. Please note this will not result in the loss of any credit hours or require students to take additional credit hours when they transition to the B.S. degree at the Atlanta campus.
  • Students who continue to the B.S. in Computer Science at Georgia State University-Atlanta will be required to complete MATH 2212.
  • All separate lecture and lab course combinations (e.g., BIOL 2107 and BIOL 2107L; CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211K) are commonly offered as a combined course at Georgia State UniversityAtlanta (e.g., BIOL 2107K; CHEM 1211K. The combined (K) courses and separate lecture and lab (L) courses cover the same subject matter and are considered equivalent courses.

Carry Over from Areas A and/or D (1-2 Credit Hours)

  • Students will carry one additional credit hour over to Area F for each 4-credit-hour mathematics course taken in Area A and/or Area D.