Highline graduates have many options for transferring to a four-year college or university: public and private, in-state and out-of-state. There are many bachelor’s degree programs not only in Computer Science, but also in Information Technology, Informatics, and Computer Engineering.
Highline College’s Computer Science and Computer Information Systems (CSCI/CIS) Department prepares students to be successful in a variety of Information Technology related careers, including Computer Programmers, Network Security Engineer, Specialists, Web/Database Developers, Global Cybersecurity Investigations, and more.
Computer Science Transfer
Highline graduates have many options for transferring to a four-year college or university: public and private, in-state and out-of-state. There are many bachelor’s degree programs not only in Computer Science, but also in Information Technology, Informatics, and Computer Engineering. >> Learn More
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What our graduates are saying...
"When I decided that I wanted to go back to school for Web Development, I researched all of the colleges within a 30 mile radius of my home. Highline's program stood out head and shoulders above the rest. The program did not disappoint. The courses were challenging but well taught by seasoned instructors. The program included two large 'real world' projects which are designed to give practice coding, teach teamwork, give experience working with a client and build confidence. I would return to Highline for future classes without any hesitation, despite the 60 mile round trip drive!"Jennifer Bahneman
"I came to Highline Community College as an international student with the love of Computer Science. I started out my first quarter in 2010 with Java and web development and was amazed at how cool these classes are. Classes were interesting and assignments, although challenging, were very useful and practical. Fast-forward 2 years later, I was already getting my Associates Degree in Computer Science, but that piece of paper is nothing comparing to all the knowledge I got from all of these classes. Right before graduation, I found an internship – building a social networking site. After 6 months of doing internships, I was hired as a Software Engineer at Airbiquity Inc., which focuses on developing software for vehicles. Since then, I’ve been working with great companies like Nissan, Ford, Bosch, Panasonic, and more. Talk about a dream job."Sherzod Kutfiddinov
"I graduated from HCC with Certificates in Web/Database Development and Database Management. Since then, what started out as an internship has blossomed into a full-time position with the Puget Sound Educational Service District as an Application Support Technician. I can honestly say that Highline was a turning point for me. With help from the wonderful instructors, I was able to find opportunities that would have been lost otherwise. I appreciated the knowledge and expertise they provided. Hands on experience and real life projects allowed me to understand all aspects of planning, developing, implementing, and testing website applications. Through these projects, I was able to fine tune my skills. The program emphasized the importance of research and testing, which are critical in the real world. With them, you are able to grow beyond what your instructors can teach you and make yourself into a stronger, more knowledgeable employee."Jodie Le
"This is a well-designed and extensive curriculum with a lot of hands-on practice on real life computer forensics tools. The instructors are knowledgeable and helpful. The City is setting up a new forensics lab and this program has given me the knowledge, skills and tools I need."David Matthews
Network Security Engineer program graduates perform a wide variety of technical duties. In roles such as network administrator and network specialist, they maintain network hardware and software.
Web/Database Developer graduates design and create dynamic, data-driven websites for small to mid-size businesses. Highline works closely with industry to ensure that students gain the right skills.
The Global Cybersecurity Investigations program prepares graduates for entry-level positions in data recovery services at businesses, government, and law enforcement agencies.
This program will equip students to be exposed to creating good quality content and utilizing effective online marketing strategies - SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and social media.
Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Cybersecurity and Forensics will give you a chance to build on your technical degree with upper-division coursework in a high-tech, high-demand area. Earning an applied bachelor's degree may help you make higher wages and prepare you for higher-level specialized technical positions. The skill set may also prepare you to later move into a managerial position.
AA emphasis in CS will allow you to transfer to a 4-year school and pursue a bachelor program. AS Computer Science does include additional Math and Physics classes and geared towards specific 4-year schools.