Computer Science

Mission Statement

The computer is a tool that can increase the efficiency and productivity of individuals in many fields of endeavor. The Computer Science curriculum is designed to provide students with the necessary coursework to complete either a Major or a Minor in Computer Science (Bachelor of Science). Students are prepared to pursue a career in the computer industry in the areas of programming, networking, web development, software design, etc. Students are also prepared to pursue graduate education in Computer Science.

Learning Outcomes

The successful student will:

  • Use critical thinking and logic skills to formulate and solve problems related to programming and software development.
  • Write code in a variety of common programming languages such as Java, C, Python,
  • Explain ethical behavior as it relates to programming and operating computers.
  • Explain fundamental concepts relating to computer operating systems, software, hardware, and architecture.
  • Analyze, design, develop software projects and web applications. The student should be able to explain the different aspects of the software life cycle.
  • Analyze, design, develop, and administer a database system.


The Kidd Math/Science Center opened in 1985. With an award-winning masonry design, the center’s front doors open to a glass atrium with live plants & a trickling pond. A spacious lobby follows with comfortable studying facilities. The center houses three large chemistry labs, three biology labs, one physics lab, one computer lab, lecture rooms, faculty offices and a large bent glass greenhouse that enhances the view of campus. McKenzie Hall opened in 1997, and it provides math/science students, along with the nursing students, two large lecture halls, a variety of lecture rooms, an anatomy lab, three computer labs, faculty offices and a conference room with a beautiful view of campus and the surrounding landscape.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science – Major in Computer Science 2+2 (3046)

AAS IT Network System or related Associate degree from accredited school65
Fall Third or First Year (15 hours)
CS 32003 Operating Systems3
300/400 CS Elective3
BM 20403 Principles of Management3
6 hours minor/elective6
Spring Third or First Year (15 hours):
CS 41103 Computer Architecture3
300/400 CS Elective3
IT 31403 Electronic Business (e-business)3
6 hours minor/elective6
Fall Fourth or Second Year (15 hours):
CS 33403 Web Programming & Development3
300/400 CS Elective3
BM 27403 Introduction to Business Law.3
IT 30503 Visual Basic3
3 hours minor/elective3
Spring Fourth or Second Year (15 hours):
CS 42503 Mobile Application Development3
300/400 CS Elective3
BM 31403 Human Resource Management3
6 hours minor/elective6
Total required hours for degree120

Bachelor of Science or Arts - Minor in Computer Science (3032)

General Education must include:
MTH 15105 (TM) Calculus I5
Total General Education hours42
CS 20104 Computer Programming I4
CS 20204 Computer Programming II4
CS 21503 Introduction to Database Systems3
CS Electives from 3000/4000 level7
Total Minor Area courses18
Major and electives hours65
Total required hours for degree125
Total General Education hours42

Associate of Applied Science – Information Technology-- Network Systems Major (92205)

* Placement determined by testing.

Graduation requires students to achieve a 2.0 grade point average in all major courses and a 2.0 overall grade point average in all coursework in order to receive an associate degree.

Associate of Applied Science – Information Technology: Programming and Software Development (92206)

General Education must include:
COM 11103 (TM) Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
ECO 11403 Introduction to Microeconomics or
ECO 12403 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ENG 11103 (TM) Composition I*3
ENG 11203 (TM) Composition II3
ENG 21403 Business and Technical Writing3
LA 10001 Gateway to Success1
Select one of the following two courses
MTH 21404 (TM) Introductory Probability and Statistics*
MTH 14505 (TM) Pre-calculus**
General Education electives9-10
General Education Electives must come from the following three categories, and at least two of the three categories must be presented:
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 
  • Natural Sciences
Total General Education hours30
Major Area required courses
CS 10103 PC Applications3
CS 20104 Computer Programming I4
CS 20204 Computer Programming II4
CS 21503 Introduction to Database Systems3
CS 22003 Data Structures3
CS 24303 Software Design and Development3
ELE 10303 Microcomputer Hardware.3
ELE 11303 Introduction to Networking3
Electives selected from the following courses9
ELE 14303, ELE 16303, ELE 21303, ELE 23303, ELE 24303, ELE 25303, IT 20403
Total Major Area hours35
Total hours required for degree65

* Placement determined by testing
** For students planning on continuing into a 4-year Computer Science Degree