Computer Science


​Computer science is the study of computers and computational systems. A discipline including theory and practice, it includes the study of methods for processing digital information, and the design of computer hardware and software along with the applications of computers. It requires thinking both in abstract and concrete terms. Computer science has a stronger foundation in math than in science.

Computer science courses are listed under the four-letter rubrics (course prefixes) BCIS and COSC. Note that all courses may not be offered at every college of DCCCD.


Computer programming languages, like everything else in the Information Age, are evolutionary. Programmers and developers who can adapt to new languages, as well as showing mastery of the old, are valuable as business and industry strives to integrate operations and databases to gain competitive advantages. North Lake offers both a one-year certificate and two-year Associate Degree in computer programming.