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Computer Science
Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (DTA/MRP)

Associate in Computer Science
Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (DTA/MRP)

Bellingham Technical College offers your first step toward a successful career in Computer Science. Earn your associate degree and a solid foundation at BTC in two years, and be ready to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree in computer science to build a career in a field that is experiencing strong growth in Washington and nationwide. BTC’s Associate in Computer Science transfer degree is designed for students who want to transfer and major in computer science at a Washington State college or university. After completing the 90-credit-hour associate degree program at BTC, you may transfer as a junior into a Bachelor of Science (BS) program in computer science.

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Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

  • Classes may only be applied to one distribution area.

  • Some universities require specific classes. Please check with intended bachelor's institution.

  • Communication Skills: 10 Credits
  • ENGL& 101 is required by all. Choose one additional class from options provided.

  • CMST& 220Public Speaking - Required by Whitworth.5 credits

    Introduction to communication theory and public speaking emphasizing organization, audience analysis, oral styles, and use of visual aids. Includes presentation of various types of public speeches and analyses of contemporary speeches.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.
  • ENGL& 102English Composition II - Required by EWU.5 credits

    Intermediate academic essay writing. Emphasis on critical reading and writing, synthesis of cross-disciplinary texts, documentation of sources and argumentation.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 with a C grade.
  • ENGL& 235Technical Writing5 credits

    This course is designed to help students report technical information clearly, completely, and persuasively. Technical writing shares many of the same concerns of other kinds of writing, such as attention to Purpose, Readability, and most significantly, Audience. This course is designed to provide instruction and practice in creating practical and effective documents for students in medical, scientific, technical, and other professional fields.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 with a C grade.
  • Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills: 5 Credits
  • MATH& 151Calculus I5 credits

    Study of functions, limits, continuity,limits at infinity, differentiation of algebraic,exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their inverses.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 142 with a C grade.
  • Humanities: 15 Credits
  • Selected from at least two disciplines. No more than 10 credits allowed from any one discipline. No more than five credits in foreign language.

  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communication5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and communicating in a diverse world.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or a ENGL 092 with a C or better.
  • CMST& 220Public Speaking5 credits

    Introduction to communication theory and public speaking emphasizing organization, audience analysis, oral styles, and use of visual aids. Includes presentation of various types of public speeches and analyses of contemporary speeches.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • HIST& 146United States History I5 credits

    Survey of Native American societies, European explorers, and the lifestyles of the new continent, the independence movement, and the problems of a new nation.

  • HIST& 147United States History II5 credits

    Survey course covering the rise of nationalism, evolution of American lifestyles, Civil War, westward movement, and the American industrial revolution.

    Prerequisite:
    HIST& 146 with a C grade.
  • HIST& 148United States History III5 credits

    Survey course exploring the social, political, and economic history of the United States from 1900 to the present.

  • HUM& 101Introduction to Humanities5 credits

    Students explore the works in the literary, performing, and visual arts. Students identify common themes in the arts, analyze works representing diverse perspectives, and investigate the political, social, technological and historical contexts of works. A broader understanding is encouraged through the exploration and synthesis of outside sources using research methods.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a C or better and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a C or better.
  • SPAN& 121Spanish I5 credits

    An introductory course, which facilitates elementary ability in comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. This course provides some understanding of Hispanic cultures.

  • SPAN& 122Spanish II5 credits

    A continuation of Spanish I. The vocabulary and grammatical structures are more complicated, and the student begins to master a past tense. Oral comprehension and speaking skills are emphasized through daily practice, as well as the reading and writing exercises.

    Prerequisite:
    SPAN& 121 with a C grade.
  • Social Sciences: 15 Credits
  • BUS& 101Introduction to Business5 credits

    Students are introduced to the broad field of business and its organization, operation and management. Business opportunities, ownership, marketing, physical factors, human resource, finance, regulations and decision-making processes are emphasized. Other topics include problems of organization, strategic management and controls. Fulfills the social science requirements at Bellingham Technical College.

    Prerequisite:
    Recommend experience in Word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software.
  • ECON& 201Micro Economics - Required by WSU Vancouver.5 credits

    Introduction to microeconomics. Presents supply and demand models, consumers and producers choice in the competitive and non-competitive market. Examines the various economic decisions made by firms relating to price, demand, factors or production, and cost.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer College Level Math score of 75 or MATH 099 or AMATH 111 with a C or better.
  • ECON& 202Macro Economics - Required by WSU Vancouver.5 credits

    Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance.

    Prerequisite:
    ECON& 201 with a C grade.
  • POLS& 202American Government5 credits

    Focus is given to the system, process, and organizational functions of the American government. It also puts primary attention on the relationships between citizens and their national government by exploring the key theoretical precepts that shaped the Constitution and its federal structural arrangements. Close attention is paid to the policy making process and its key actors, as well as various public policies.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 50 or a C grade in ABE 054 or ABE 055, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 50 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • PSYC& 100General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.
  • PSYC& 200Lifespan Psychology5 credits

    A systematic study of the developmental processes in humans from conception to late adulthood. Special emphasis will be given to the topics of physical development, cognitive development, and personality/social development.

    Prerequisite:
    PSYC& 100 with a C grade.
  • SOC& 101Introduction to Sociology5 credits

    This course introduces the major concepts and definitions of the science of sociology. Basic sociological inquiry is covered, and how social forces shape communal and individual behaviors and attitudes. Topics include socialization, cultures, deviance, social control, inequality, power, social class, race, gender, and institutions. Students learn the basic theories and perspectives of sociology and how those theories apply to the social landscape.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.
  • Natural Sciences: 15 Credits
  • MATH& 152Calculus II5 credits

    The study of Riemann Sums, methods of integration, numerical methods, polar and rectangular forms, fundamental theorem of Calculus, areas of regions, volumes of solids, centroids, length of curves, surface area, and an introduction to differential equations.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 151 with a C or better.
  • PHYS& 221Engineering Physics I w/Lab5 credits

    PHYS& 221 is the first in a three-course calculus-based survey of physics for engineering pathways. The course introduces the fundamental principles of mechanics: kinematics, momentum and energy conservation laws, physical interactions, force, work, rotation, torque and gravity. Conceptual development and problem solving have equal emphasis. Laboratory work includes experimental methods, data analysis, and prepares students for coursework in engineering.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 with a C or better, Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MATH& 151 with a C or better.
  • PHYS& 222Engineering Physics II w/Lab5 credits

    PHYS& 222 is a calculus-based introduction to electricity and magnetism that prepares students for coursework in engineering. The course introduces the fundamental principles of electricity and magnetism: electrostatics; magnetic fields of steady currents; time-varying electric and magnetic fields; DC and AC circuits. Conceptual development and problem solving have equal emphasis. Laboratory work includes an introduction to design, experimental methods and data analysis.

    Prerequisite:
    PHYS& 221 with a C or better, Prerequisite or Co-requisite MATH& 152.
  • Major Requirements: 20 Credits
  • CS& 131Computer Science I C++ - Required by all.5 credits

    This course equips students with fundamental programming skills such as effective use of data types, variables, assignment statements, control structures, modular design using procedures, pointers and array data structures in the construction of C++ programs. This course also introduces students to Object Oriented Programming concepts and prepares students for the C++ Institute Certified Associate Programmer exam.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH 099 or IT 121 with a C or better or Instructor Permission.
  • CS 132Computer Science II C++ - Required by all.5 credits

    Advanced software development using the C++ programming language, emphasizing object-oriented concepts and fundamental data structures techniques. Introduces concepts of recursion, modularity, encapsulation, inheritance, templates, polymorphic class design, and self-referential data structures; focuses on fundamental abstract data types (stacks, queues, linked lists, binary trees) and their use.

    Prerequisite:
    CS& 131 with a "C" or better.
  • IT 121Introduction to Programming - Required by all.5 credits

    This course introduces students to the fundamentals of good program design, coding, testing, and documentation. Students will learn to employ good user interface design, standardization and variable naming, decision operators, looping mechanisms, subroutines and error handling as they build their own programs.

  • MATH& 146Introduction to Statistics - Required by UW Bothell.5 credits

    Fundamental concepts and basic tools of descriptive and inferential statistics. How to describe data and make reasonable conjectures about the populations from which the samples were taken. Topics include: sampling distribution patterns, organization of data, sampling methods and experimental design, probability and simulation of random events, estimation of population parameters, confidence intervals, correlation, linear regression and basic hypothesis testing. Internet/computer access and graphing calculator required.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.
  • MATH& 163Calculus 3- Required by WSU.5 credits

    This course introduces coordinate systems and vectors in 2- and 3-space. We will extend the methods of single-variable differential calculus to functions of two or more independent variables and we will generalize the single integral to define multiple integrals, where the integrand is a function of several variables. The course will cover partial differentiation, directional derivatives and gradients; extreme values; double and triple integrals; applications. Graphing calculator required.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 152 with a C or better.
  • University Specific Requirements: 10 Credits
  • Physical, Biological and/or Earth Sciences with lab required by Pacific Lutheran- Seattle, WSU and WWU.

  • BIOL& 160General Biology with Lab5 credits

    This course provides introduction to basic concepts of biology, with an emphasis on the cells as the fundamental unit of life. Topics include cell structure, basic chemical and biochemical concepts, metabolism, cell division, principles of genetics, biological diversity, and methods of scientific inquiry and critical thinking. Course establishes foundation necessary for continued biology study, especially in human anatomy and physiology. Lab included.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100 and Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 098.
  • BIOL& 260Microbiology5 credits

    Exploration of microbial world with a focus on medical microbiology for students in the health field. Areas of study include classification of microbes, life cycle, metabolism, control, and common infectious diseases of the human body. Laboratory component will demonstrate procedures to identify and control microbes.

    Prerequisite:
    BIOL& 160 with a C grade and CHEM&121 with a C grade.
  • CHEM& 110Chemical Concepts w/Lab5 credits

    This course is a broad overview of chemistry concepts useful to technical program education. Topics include basic atomic theory, chemical bonding, solutions, organic chemistry, hydrocarbon reactions, analytical separations, gasses, thermodynamics, and intermolecular forces.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or MATH 099 or AMATH111 with a "C" grade or better.
  • CHEM& 121Intro to Chemistry5 credits

    Introductory course for non-science majors, nursing, and environmental science students. Includes basic concepts of inorganic and organic chemistry, the nature of atoms, molecules and chemical bonds, chemical notation, chemistry of solutions, scientific reasoning, and problem-solving in the study of the theory and application of chemistry. Lab work is included.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 85 or RDG 085 with a B or better, and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 86 or ENGL 092 with a B or better or AENGL 100 with a C or better and ACCUPLACER College Math score of 75 or MATH 099 with a C or better.
  • CHEM& 131Introduction to Organic/Bio-Chemistry5 credits

    This course is a continuation of CHEM&121 and uses those concepts learned to understand the molecular nature of organic molecules. Topics to be covered include the structure, nomenclature, properties and reactions of hydrocarbons, alcohol, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and the amines with significant emphasis on the biochemical context of these organic molecules. The structure and function of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids including the major catabolic and anabolic pathways of carbohydrate, lipid, and protein metabolism is also covered. Lab activities complement theoretical concepts. Group discussion, lecture, as well as laboratory exercises are included as methods of learning.

    Prerequisite:
    CHEM& 121 with a "C" grade or better.
  • CHEM& 161General Chemistry w/ Lab I5 credits

    An introductory chemistry course for students in programs requiring one or two quarters of general chemistry. Course covers basic principles of modern chemistry, the structure of atoms and molecules, ions, chemical bonding and molecular geometry, the periodic table, chemical formulas and equations, and stoichiometry of reactions and solutions. Lab work included.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer College Level Math score of 75 or co-enrolled/completed MATH& 141 with a "C" or better. Also, recommend completion of CHEM& 121 or one year of high school chemistry.
  • CHEM& 162General Chemistry w/Lab II5 credits

    Atomic periodicity, chemical bonding theories, solid and liquid states and solutions.

    Prerequisite:
    CHEM& 161 with C grade.
  • PHYS& 110Physics for Non-Science Majors w/Lab5 credits

    A course for non-science majors exploring the central concepts of physics while focusing on applications. The principles and laws of physics are covered on a conceptual level and everyday examples are treated. Topics include Newton’s laws of motion, fluids, energy and magnetism, and waves (sound and light). Laboratory work provides an introduction to the scientific method and role of measurement in science and serves to demonstrate the application of physics concepts.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or better or MATH 098 or AMATH 111 (or higher) with a C or better.
  • PHYS& 223Engineering Physics III w/Lab - Required by Gonzaga, Heritage, Whitworth and WWU.5 credits

    PHYS& 223 is a calculus-based introduction to rotations and oscillations, wave phenomena and optics that prepares students for coursework in engineering. Conceptual development and problem solving have equal emphasis. Laboratory work includes an introduction to design, experimental methods, and data analysis.

    Prerequisite:
    PHYS& 222 with a C or better.
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

Program Entry Information

For questions, please contact Admissions at 360-752-8345 or e-mail us at Admissions

Placement into Program

  • Placement testing in Reading, Math and Writing. Test scores or transcripts from another college may also be accepted along with the Evaluation Request Form

Program Application/Forms

  • This program accepts students quarterly.

Planning Guide

Program Outcomes

  • Apply quantitative analysis to solve problems.
  • Apply appropriate logic, tools, and processes to write software programs that solve given problems.
  • Critically evaluate computer technical reports, updates, and information.
  • Effectively communicate technical processes.

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Michael Massey

Area of Instruction


Information Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.A., Business Administration/Computer Science, Western Washington University

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

Certificate, CompTIA A+ Certified

Certificate, CompTIA Network+ Certified

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8368
mmassey@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 212

 

Background


Profile
Mike Massey graduated from Western Washington University, in 1985, with a combined Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Business Administra...

    • Mike Massey graduated from Western Washington University, in 1985, with a combined Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Business Administration, and a minor in History. For the next 15 years he worked as a computer programmer (Dealer Information Systems), and as a database programmer, network administrator and IT Manager at Western Washington University (WWU). During that time he also obtained his commercial pilot license and float plane rating from Trinity Western University. Mike has been teaching Computer Networking at Bellingham Technical College since 2000. He is currently pursuing a degree in Biology at WWU.


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Steve Mudd

Area of Instruction


Social Sciences

Degrees and Certifications


M.A., Counseling Psychology, National University

B.S., Applied Science in Industrial Technology, Western Illinois University

Contact Info


360 752-8437
smudd@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 223


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Vicky Moyle

Area of Instruction


Mathematics

Degrees and Certifications


M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Colorado

M.A.T., Mathematics, Indiana University

B.S., Mathematics and Statistics, Mesa State College

B.A., Fairhaven Interdisciplinary Concentration, Western Washington University

License, Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Colorado

License, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of Washington

Contact Info


360 752-8565
vmoyle@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 224

 

Background


Profile
Vicky Moyle has a Master's of Art in Teaching Mathematics from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and a Master's of Art in Counseling Psychology...

    • Vicky Moyle has a Master's of Art in Teaching Mathematics from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and a Master's of Art in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State and has been a National Board Certified Counselor since 2002. She has over 20 years of teaching experience at all educational levels--including elementary through middle and high school, community college, and 4-year degree schools. She has taught in Indiana, Colorado, and Missouri. Vicky is passionate about helping students overcome anxiety about math and dedicated to introducing the rigor of mathematical ideas to students in positive ways.