Chemeketa CS Transfer Advice

Know who to talk to:

Make sure you know who you should be talking to about your plans:

If you are transferring to a Computer Science or Software Engineering BA/BS program:

Talk to Andrew Scholer and use the information on this page.

If you are interested in a technically oriented degree in Information Technology or Information Systems:

Talk to Mandy Reininger from the CIS Department

If you want a Business focused IS degree, you probably want to work on the ASOT-Business degree and transfer into a Business Information Systems program.

Follow this link and look for the ASOT-Business degree and talk to general advising

If you are transferring to a Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering 4-year BA/BS program:

Talk to Mark Miller from the Engineering Department

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Schedule planning:

Most students interested in earning a degree in Computer Science should work towards the ASOT-CS degree here at Chemeketa. It is very similar to the standard AAOT transfer degree, but includes the CS and Math courses you will need for a CS degree. Note that many schools require additional courses to the core ones included in the ASOT-CS - make sure to check the requirements of programs you are interested in (listed on the third page of the ASOT-CS guide linked above).

You can use this Mock Schedule builder to explore what a schedule 2 year transfer schedule to different schools might look like. The scheduler assumes that you are working towards the ASOT-CS degree.

School Information:

Below are notes about the most popular transfer targets for Chemeketa students.


The OSU CS program is based in the engineering department, expect rigorous math/physics and plenty of exposure to hardware. That said, it is a large department and there are opportunities to focus on many different areas of CS.

They have two main degree options that are described below. For full graduation requirements see this link. If you do not end up finishing the ASOT-CS at Chemeketa you will want to make sure your courses transfer in to meet the exact general education requirements of OSU. You can find a list of what kinds of courses they are looking for here..

Applied Option
The Applied option allows students to develop a degree program that focuses on their area of interest. You have to design a "mini-minor" of related courses to take with your CS core. Sample applied programs include Business and Entrepreneurship, Bioinformatics, Game and Simulation and Human Computer Interaction.
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Systems Option
Basically includes a mini-minor in electrical engineering. This requires physics based calculus and more math. This degree is ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering & Technology) accredited and is the more rigorous option - if you want a job with a company like google or microsoft, this is a good way to build an impressive resume.
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OSU - Cascades

The newer Bend campus of OSU offers a CS degree focusing in Software Engineering. You should prepare for it in the same way as the OSU Corvallis Applied CS degree.
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Western Oregon

Western Oregon is a liberal arts focused school and the CS department is part of the general college of letters and sciences. Thus the CS program has more of a software focus with less emphasis on hardware or computer engineering level issues. Western is also unique in offering an applied baccalaureate degree - a 4-year degree path for students with an AAS degree.

Students going to Western do not need to take the calculus series (112-251-252) if they take discrete math (Math231/232). Students who do not take the calc track will not be able to earn the ASOT-CS degree at Chemeketa - they should plan on earning an AAOT but making sure to take the required CS courses from the ASOT-CS.
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For those who are mathematically inclined, WOU offers a double degree in CS and Math .

Applied Baccalaureate Program
The A.B. program at Western is for students who have completed an AAS degree; normally an AAS degree is not considered a transfer degree - it is focused on preparing students for the workplace. Transferring to a 4-year school with an AAS degree generally requires extra work to satisfy the general education requirements of a bachelor's degree. The AB program is designed to provide a smoother transfer path for students with an AAS degree.
However, note that Western is the only school that offers an AB degree - if you start down the road to an AAS degree an change your mind about transfer school or major you could end up having to redo significant coursework. The degree is a great option for those who already have an AAS or a very specific plan, but I would not recommend for most students just starting out at Chemeketa.
  • Computer Science AB Degree This is an applied bachelors for students who have earned an AAS degree (NOT an AAOT). You would get an AAS from the ICS department and take the CS courses needed for your degree at Western. Talk to Andrew Scholer or Mandy Reininger from CIS.

Oregon Tech

Oregon Tech (formerly OIT) offers the only dedicated Software Engineering Bachelor's degree in the state university system. This means the program is very focused on producing working software engineers and less concerned about producing future CS researchers - expect a significant number of classes that focus on the skills needed by working programmers. That said, it is an accredited engineering program - you will need a fair amount of math and physics.
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Oregon Tech Wilsonville offers a program that is more focused on non-traditional (working) students. It is a non-residential campus and many of the technical classes are offered at night or on weekends. the Klamath Falls campus offers a nearly identical program in a more traditional college environment (day classes, dorms, etc...).

Oregon Tech students normally take some classes we do not offer during their first two years. Because a few of those will be required to start your Jr year, it is HIGHly recommended you dual enroll by your second year so you can take some of those classes.


PSU has a large CS program with many research/study areas. Like OSU, you will have a wide variety of topics you can chose to focus on, but the program is part of an engineering school - expect the math/physics that come with that.
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To take junior level classes at PSU, you must complete a core set of lower division classes and be admitted to the CS program. Admission requires a GPA of 2.0 in core classes and pass a programming proficiency exam or taking CS202 at PSU. Until you are admitted you WILL NOT be able to take upper level CS classes. At least one of the classes required for admission to the CS major at PSU is not offered at Chemeketa - CS202. Because CS202 must be taken after CS260, but before applying for program admission at PSU, you must plans to take it Winter term of your second year at PSU or PCC if you want to apply for Fall admission. If you take CS202 in summer, you can apply for Winter admission. If you wait and take CS202 after transferring, you will not be able to start the rest of the CS program until the following Fall.

If you do not finish the ASOT-CS at Chemeketa, make sure that the individual courses you are taking satifsfy requirements for the PSU CS degree.

University of Oregon

U of O's CS program is called Computer Information Science - but it is very much a CS program, not an Information Systems one. It is not part of an engineering school - although you will be exposed to engineering related topics, there is more of a focus on theoretical and applied computer science.

They also offer a Math/CS dual degree. For either degree, you should do the same course work here at Chemeketa in preparation. They require B's or better in lower division CS work (100/200 level)
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Other/Undecided transfer guide

The ASOT-CS degree is a good starting point for transfer to any Oregon University System school. The classes in it also should transfer to most other 4-year schools.
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