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 120-128 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, and the Computer Information Systems Option. Besides the University Core Curriculum, all options also share a common major curriculum that consists of 41 semester hours in computer science and mathematics.
For information about the minor, please see the Computer Science Minor section
Curricular Requirements for Computer Science
A summary of the required hours follows:
0. First-Year Seminars (when applicable)
| I. University Core Curriculum Programs ||42|
| II. Major Curriculum for All Options||41|
III. Courses Specific to Each Option
| IV. Electives as needed to fulfill university graduation minimum requirements||0-1|
|Total Hours (minimum) 120-128|
The specific requirements for each option of the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science follow:
O. First-Year Seminars (when applicable) (2)
Full-time, first-year students are required to take
I. Core Curriculum Program 42 sem. hrs.
(See “University Core Curriculum Programs ”)
All Computer Science options require one or more courses that also satisfy the University Core curriculum. Before choosing a course to satisfy your University Core, verify that you will not be satisfying that part of the core with a required course.
Specific requirements for this degree:
II. Major Curriculum for All Options 41 sem. hrs.
III. Courses Specific to Each Option 36-45
A. Systems Programming Option 37 sem. hrs.
This option is for those who intend to pursue careers as systems programmers or pursue advanced study in computer science. The degree program has an emphasis in system software programming and requires a one-year sequence in a physical science with a laboratory component.
B. Cyber Security and Infrastructure Option 36 sem. hrs.
This option is for those who intend to pursue careers in network administration, system administration, web administration and cyber security experts. The degree program has an emphasis on gaining these skills.
C. Computer Game Programming Option 37 sem. hrs.
This option is for those who intend to pursue careers as game programmers. The degree program has an emphasis on the skills necessary for creating and programing computer games.
D. Computer Information Systems Option 37 sem. hrs.
The Computer Information Systems option is intended for those who want to develop and maintain information systems. In this option, the student learns to develop software systems and function as a computer professional. The student should choose electives to link the application-independent foundations and processes of computing and information systems to the needs of a particular application area. The student will gain knowledge of the particular application area by choosing a minor in an academic discipline highly related to the application area.
The minor should be appropriate as an application area for computer information systems and must consist of at least 18 semester hours. The coursework that satisfies the minor is determined by the faculty in the minor subject.
Fast Track from Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree
Computer Science, BS and Computer Science, MS
The university allows the opportunity for high-achieving students to count a select number of graduate credits toward their undergraduate degree and thereby obtain a graduate degree at an accelerated pace. Students interested in the Fast Track in Computer Science must meet the following application criteria:
- Currently seeking a BS in Computer Science at A&M-Corpus Christi.
- Minimum of a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 SCH at the time of Fast Track application.
- Classified as a Senior with successful completion of at least 90 SCH, including MATH 2413 , COSC 2334 , COSC 2437 , and COSC 3346 .
Students accepted into the Fast Track program will be given permission to enroll in up to six hours of prescribed graduate courses during their last semester of undergraduate studies. The hours for these graduate courses will “double-count” toward both the undergraduate and graduate programs. The BS and MS degrees will be awarded sequentially (i.e., upon completion of each degree) and not simultaneously. Students will be allowed to continue enrollment in the graduate program upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree.
Applicants must provide the following at the time of application:
- A completed application form. Application fees are waived for Fast Track applicants.
- Official transcripts of all college and university coursework.
- An essay (500-1000 words) discussing why you wish to get a Master’s degree and your areas of interest.
- Identify a faculty member willing to serve as their graduate advisor. Applicants will not be admitted to the program without a graduate advisor.
No criterion is weighted more heavily than any other criterion. Applications received or completed after the deadline for admission during one semester may be considered for admission in the following semester at the applicant’s request. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email.
A student entering the program is expected to have adequate preparation in computer science and mathematics from their undergraduate degree. For computer science, this preparation must include successful completion of coursework in data structures, a high level programming language, computer architecture, operating systems, and software engineering. In mathematics, students must have successfully completed course work in discrete mathematics, calculus, plus one additional junior level or higher mathematics course such as linear algebra, numerical analysis, or applied probability and statistics.
Fast Track Curriculum in the Senior Year
BS Computer Science students accepted in the Fast Track will have up to six hours of undergraduate elective credit replaced with six hours of graduate credit during the final semester of the senior year. A Fast Track student can choose from any of the classes in the MS Computer Science degree plan, as long as the prerequisites are met.
See the Graduate Catalog for a complete description of the degree requirements for the MS in Computer Science.