2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Fast Track Computer Science, BS and Computer Science, MS
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.
Fast Track students will be under their graduate program’s catalog requirements in the semester after they finish their bachelor’s degree and become reclassified as graduate students.
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 seve 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 pre requisites are met.
See the Graduate Catalog for a complete description of the degree requirements for the MS in Computer Science.