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    2014 - 2015 Computer Science Field of Study

    The Associate of Science degree with elective coursework in Computer Science prepares students for work in a variety of related areas. In particular, students are prepared for transfer to a college or university where they can specialize in such disciplines as computer science and computer software engineering. The coursework for a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science is similar at most colleges and universities. However, the student is advised to consult an academic advisor when deciding upon which university to attend and which course of study to pursue.

    Field of Study (FOS) curriculum is a set of courses that will satisfy the lower division requirements for a bachelor’s degree in a specific academic area at a general academic teaching institution. If a student successfully completes the field of study curriculum, that block of courses may be transferred to a general academic teaching institution. The FOS must be substituted for that institution’s lower division requirements within the degree program for the field of study into which the student transfers. The student will receive full academic credit toward the degree program for the FOS block of courses transferred.

    Within the FOS there are courses listed which will satisfy requirements for both the AS General Education Core and the FOS. There are two tracks offered in the FOS (C++ Track and Java Track). Both tracks cover the same fundamental theory and material but use different languages.

    Upon completion of the Field of Study Curriculum, a certificate will be awarded to acknowledge completion and recognize preparedness to transition from an associate level to a baccalaureate (BA/BS) level, at any Texas public institution.


    Certificate - Computer Science Field of Study

    30 credit hours
    Required General Education Core Courses

    12 credit hours

    MATH 2413 Calculus I 1
    PHYS 2425 University Physics I 1
    PHYS 2426 University Physics II 1
    Other Required Courses

    18 credit hours

    COSC 1436 Programming Fundamentals I (C++) 2
    COSC 2325 Computer Organization 3
    MATH 2414 Calculus II 1

    (Please select from one of the following tracks.)

    C++ Track Content Courses
    COSC 1437  Programming Fundamentals II (C++) 2
    COSC 2336  Programming Fundamentals III (C++) 2
    Java Track Content Courses
    COSC 1337  Programming Fundamentals II (Java) 2
    COSC 2436  Programming Fundamentals III (Java) 2


    To earn the AS degree, in addition to the Field of Study Certificate, complete the following General Education Core requirements:

    Additional General Education Core Requirements                   
    30 credit hours
    Communication

    6 credit hours

    Complete both of the following English courses: 
    English ENGL 1301 and 1302
    Language, Philosophy & Culture

    3 credit hours

    Select one of the following courses:

    English ENGL 2322, 2323, 2327, 2328, 2332, 2333, 2342, 2343
    French FREN 2303, 2304
    History HIST 2311, 2312, 2321, 2322
    Humanities HUMA 1301
    Philosophy PHIL 1301, 1304, 2303, 2306, 2307, 2321
    Social and Behavioral Sciences

    3 credit hours

    Select one of the following courses:

    Anthropology ANTH 2302, 2346, 2351
    Economics ECON 2301, 2302
    Psychology PSYC 2301
    Sociology SOCI 1301
    Government / Political Science

    6 credit hours

    Complete both of the following courses:  
    Government GOVT 2305 and 2306
    American History

    6 credit hours

    Select two of the following courses:                                
    History  HIST 1301, 1302, 2301
    Creative Arts

    3 credit hours

    Select one of the following:

    Dance DANC 2303
    Music MUSI 1306, 1307, 1310
    Theatre DRAM 1310, 2361, 2362, 2366, 2367
    Visual Arts ARTS 1301, 1303, 1304, 1313
    Component Area Option (CAO)

    4 credit hours

    Speech

    3 credit hours

    Select one of the following courses: 

      Speech  SPCH 1311, 1315, 1321
    Additional CAO Requirement

    1 credit hour

    Select one of the following courses: 
      Psychology PSYC 1100, 1300

    1. It is recommended that students complete the math sequence, physics sequence, and computer science sequence at the same institution to reduce the likelihood of potential gaps in the curriculum.

    2.  COSC 1436 and COSC 1337/1437 are preparatory and sequential in nature; however, not all courses are required for the Computer Science major at all universities but may apply to general degree requirements.

         a) COSC 1436 is not part of the Computer Science major requirements at the
             University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at Arlington, The
             University of Texas at Dallas, and Texas A&M University.

         b) COSC 1337 and COSC 1437 are not part of the Computer Science major
             requirements at the University of Texas at Austin. Preparatory courses such
             as COSC 1436 and COSC 1337/1437 will assist students who need
             additional background but do not apply toward the computer science major
             requirements.

    3. COSC 2325/2425 is not part of the Computer Science major requirements at the University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Dallas, or Texas A&M University but may be applied to general degree requirements.
















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    Department Chair:
    Glen Grimes
    SCC - J127
    972.578.5520

    Academic Advisor:
    Tiffany Goertz
    PRC - F131
    972.881.5165