Computer Science graduates can further their studies in graduate schools or seek employment in industry, such as, hardware manufacturing; software development; computer applications in the petroleum, aerospace, and chemical industries; and secondary school teaching.
The BA and BS degrees require at least 128 semester hours and will include 9 hours of writing intensive (wi) courses.
For more information about bachelor's degrees in the Department of Computer Science, please make an appointment with the College of Science and Engineering, Computer Science undergraduate advisor in the Nueces Building, room 256. The telephone number is 512.245.1315.
The BS in Computer Science is an ABET accredited program. Students seeking either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science with a computer science major will complete 37-42 hours of computer science work. Students should take CS 1428 in the first semester. This course will be followed by CS 2308 after which CS 2318 and 3358 should be taken. Note: "wi" indicates a writing-intensive course.
Students seeking a Bachelor of Science degree will complete CS1428, 2308, 2315 (wi), 2318, 3339, 3358, 3398, 2420, 4354, any one of 4326 (wi), 4398 , or 3468 (wi), and 10 hours of CS electives, 9 hours of which must be upper-level (3000-4000) CS courses.
Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree will complete CS1428, 2308, 2315 (wi), 2318, 3358, 3398, 2420, 4354, any one of 4326 (wi), 4398 , or 3468 (wi), and 8 hours of upper-level (3000-4000) CS elective courses.
Please note that this information reflects the most current (2008-10) degree catalog. Students are encouraged to review their course requirements with their advisor. The above information reflects computer science courses only; additional interdisciplinary and academic core courses are required. See below for additional information.
Students can choose from any department which offers a minor. Refer to the catalogue designated for your degree for a list of minors.
All students at Texas State complete a program of Academic Core in order to acquire fundamental skills and cultural background. Thus, at the end of the bachelor's program, the student is prepared not only in computer science, but also in the general abilities of questioning, explaining, and learning that remain universally useful in a rapidly changing world.
The Academic Core curriculum has three levels and accounts for 52-54 credit hours of the bachelor's degree:
A minor in Computer Science consists of CS 1428, 2308, 2318, 2420, 3358, at least six advanced hours in computer science, plus Mathematics 2358 and Mathematics 3398.
Teacher certification in computer science is also available. Students seeking teacher certification to teach computer science will follow course work leading to the BA or BS degree and will take courses approved by the State Board for Educator Certification. Initial or additional certification may be acquired after completing the bachelor's degree, while enrolled in a master's program, or as post-graduate work. A second teaching field in Computer Science for Texas public schools (grades 8-12) requires these courses: CS 1308, CS 1428, 2308, 2318, 3358, and 12 computer science electives of which 9 hours must be advanced (3000-4000). For further information, contact the teacher certification advisor in thein the Office of Educator Preparation, 512.245.7880.