In today's fast growing computer-based industry, the demand for computer science graduates far exceeds the supply. To help overcome the serious deficit of qualified computer science graduates, the Department of computer science offers the Certificate in Computer Science program at Texas State University-San Marcos and at the Round Rock Campus (RRC) in Austin. This certificate program is designed for those who have a non-computer science bachelor's degree and yet wish to pursue professional careers in computer-related industry or wish to enter a graduate computer science degree program. The Department of Computer Science strives to advance the knowledge of computer science and to produce computer professionals. ABET, Inc. accredits our Bachelor of Science program in computer science. Texas State's Computer Science B.S. program is the only ABET computer science accredited program in the Austin/San Antonio growth corridor.
The certificate program is targeted to meet two objectives: (1) It will train non-computer science degree holders for a computer-related high level professional career. (2) It also provides the background courses for non-computer science degree holders who wish to pursue a graduate degree in computer science or software engineering, Students will obtain a broad knowledge of computer science technology and learn required skills to develop, analyze and design complex computer systems. This program offers a broad-based curriculum in computer science to those working professionals who already have a degree in other fields and who wish to pursue a career in a field which is in high demand. This program will meet the exponentially growing demand for computer science professionals and will help industry to find scarce professionals trained in various areas of computer science. The e program also provides the background courses for students with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than computer science to pursue a master's degree in computer science or software engineering. The educational objectives of the certificate program include:
Individuals holding a 4-year bachelor's degree with a grade-point average of no less than 2.75 on a 4.0 scale on the last 60 hours leading to the degree (or, 3.0 or higher on 30 graduate semester hours) would be eligible to apply for the program. International students are required to have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test)
Submit a copy of your official transcripts with the following completed forms:
1) Graduate College Application;
2) Certificate Program Application form. These forms may be obtained by clicking the link to the form or by contacting the Graduate Advisor in the Department of Computer Science, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666-4616. The E-mail address is: ; the FAX number is: 512.245.8750; and the Telephone number is: 512.245.3409.
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The certificate program requires 40 semester hours, with at least 15 hours of upper-division computer science courses in residency at Texas State or RRC. The Texas State computer science graduate advisor may waive or replace specific course requirements if a student has taken equivalent courses at other institutions. The required courses are:
No grade less than a "C" and no more than two "C's" in:
Plus one of the following:
No grade below a "C" in:
The University's undergraduate catalog provides information regarding the available teacher certification programs. Contact the Texas State Office of Admissions to receive an Undergraduate Catalog.
The Certificate Program is also offered at Round Rock Campus (RRC). At the RRC, lower level courses are offered by Austin Community College (ACC). The equivalent ACC courses are listed below:
|Texas State Courses||ACC Courses|
|CS 1428||COSC 1320|
|CS 2308||ITSE 2431|
|CS 2318||COSC 2425|
|CS 2420||CETT 1425|
|MATH 2471||MATH 2413|
|MATH 2472||MATH 2414|