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Computer Science

El Camino’s computer science certificate gets you ready for an entry-level job immediately after graduation or for continuing your education to a degree program or more certification.

Our Computer Science Certificate of Achievement typically takes up to one year to complete.

Computer Science courses are designed primarily for students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution with a major in Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, or another technical major which will be concerned with the study or application of computer concepts. The courses offered provide instruction in UNIX as well as high-level languages (Java, C++), PC assembly languages and advanced programming concepts. It should be noted that all Computer Science courses have a math prerequisite.

If you are looking for a supportive learning community, the Warrior-Toro CS Pathway may be a good fit for you.

Approximate cost for an El Camino College computer science certificate.
Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $36,000 to $187,000 with an average salary of $103,000.
Career opportunities for this program are expected to grow 12.4% nationwide from 2016 to 2026.

Choose a Career Path or Continue your Education

Most El Camino computer science students want to start their careers as soon as possible. Others aim to continue their education. We offer options perfect for either goal.


This certificate offers a direct pathway for entry-level computer programming jobs or transfer.

  • Learn to apply program design principles.
  • Explore data structures and their applications for an analysis and solution of numeric and non-numeric problems.
  • Write programs using the C, C++, and assembly computer languages.
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I like the diversity of the El Camino campus, and it is a great financial option that allows me to take affordable college classes and get ready to transfer.”

Pursue an Entry-Level Computer Programming Job or Further Education

As an El Camino computer science graduate, you’ll be ready to start work immediately or build on your education. We’re here to help you take the next step.

  • Work in a variety of positions such as systems analyst, programming analyst, scientific/engineering applications programmer, building devices and drivers, data communications analyst, telecommunications specialist, and web designer.
  • Pursue opportunities for advancement with further education. 
  • Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $36,000 to $187,000 with an average salary of $103,000.

Gain Hands-On Learning Experiences

Learn to apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world scenarios. 

  • Explore the Warrior-Toro Computer Science Pathway, a partnership between El Camino and CSU Dominguez Hills that provides a pathway for students to complete a computer science bachelor's degree in four years. 
  • Learn computer science concepts and critical thinking skills valuable to any career. 
  • Access hands-on learning through the mandatory computer lab component where you apply knowledge from the lecture. 
  • Practice to design, code, compile, test, and document a solution for a computer program.
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