The computer science degree program is applied in nature and is designed to prepare students to begin or advance computing careers in business, industry, government, or education, or to pursue further study in computer science. The curriculum is thorough, current, and oriented toward the technical competencies required of a modern computer professional with emphasis on the development, evaluation, and integration of software systems.
The mission of the Computer Science program is to educate undergraduate and graduate students in the principles of computer science and to extend the understanding and use of those principles by conducting research and service in support of the people and economy of south Texas, the state of Texas as a whole, and the nation, consistent with the program’s function within a Hispanic-serving institution.
Program Educational Objectives
Based on the mission statements of the university, college, department, and program, we have derived the following objectives for the computer science undergraduate program. The objectives are to graduate students from the baccalaureate program in computer science who:
- Contribute productively in a computer science discipline and be progressing towards their career goals.
- Communicate effectively and interact with clients and diverse team members during all phases of system development life cycle.
- Compare favorably in their knowledge of computer science with baccalaureate graduates from accredited programs at other universities.
- Be career-long engaged in improving their knowledge and skills in technical areas, enhancing their ethical sensibilities and broadening their global perspective of the field of computer science.
- Serve effectively in professional or other community organizations.
Student Learning Outcomes
In order to prepare students to attain the program educational objectives, the BS CS degree program has been structured to ensure that all students, by the time of their graduation, will have been enabled to meet the following outcomes:
- An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
- An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
- An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
- An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
- An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
- Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
- An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
- An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices.
- An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.
The requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science include a total of 120-127 semester hours. The total is divided among the following groups: University Core Curriculum, Major Curriculum, and Electives.
There are five options for the degree, the Systems Programming Option, the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Option, the Computer Game Programming Option, the Computer Information Systems Option, and the Computer Science Education Option. Besides the University Core Curriculum, all options also share a common major curriculum that consists of 40 semester hours in computer science and mathematics.
For information about the minor, please see the Computer Science Minor section