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Computer Science Department 

Computer Science Degree Transfer Pathway

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Computer Science is an inter-disciplinary field encompassing mathematics, logic, science, communication, and engineering. Fundamental to a study of Computer Science is the development of intellectual tools and practical skills in the design and implementation of technology-based solutions to real world scientific, business, and human problems. The Sam Houston State University undergraduate computer science degree program has been accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (CAC/ABET).  Degrees programs include Computer Science, Digital Forensics, and Information Assurance.

The Computer Science program offers major study plans for students wishing to pursue careers as a analyst/designer/programmer/software engineer (scientific, engineering, business), as network and database administrators, as digital forensics and information security professionals, or to prepare for advanced studies at the graduate level. Minor study plans are offered which can be tailored to the needs of students majoring in almost any field. A plan leading to secondary teacher certification in Computer Science is also offered.

                        Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCN)


Major TCCNS Course








*Calculus 1 MATH2413 – 4 hrs.


*Pgm. Fund. I (Java) 1336/1436



*Calculus 2 MATH2414 – 4 hrs.


*Pgm. Fund. (Java)  II 1337/1437



*Discrete Mathematics – 3 hrs.


*Comp.Org/Mach. Lang 2325/2345



Life & Physical Sciences


*Pgm. Fund. III (“C” w/Linux) 2320



16 hours lab science including 8 hrs. Physics


* Field of Study (FOS) Courses.

The baccalaureate degree in Computer Science consists of 6 components:

  • A 26-hour computer science core. This represents the body of knowledge that all computer science professionals should know.
  • An 18-hour concentration. The department offers four concentrations, computing science (CS – writing operating systems, networking, end user applications e.g., office suites, etcetera), information systems (IS – business data processing, financial, inventory control, management, etcetera), information assurance and security (IA – security-oriented curriculum) and Software Engineering.
  • A 16-hour science component. This comprises eight semester credit hours in each of two natural sciences.  Physics (PHYS2425 & 2426) and sciences for majors and minors preferred to increase job opportunities.
  • A 17-hour mathematics component including Calculus I/II and Discrete Mathematics.  The scientific/engineering mathematics sequence provides access to all career opportunities including business.  MATH 2413, MATH 2414, and MTH2395 must be completed prior to registering in upper division (junior and senior level) courses.
  • A maximum of 66 transfer credit hours (“C” or better excluding kinesiology) may be applied to a degree at SHSU. Students should carefully select courses to complete the associate degree while minimizing the number of hours that might exceed the 66-hour cap for transfer credit
  • In addition to the major core above transfer students should complete all or as much as possible of the state mandated 42-hour core curriculum including: Communications; Mathematics; Life & Physical Science; Language, Philosophy and Culture; Social and Behavioral Science; and Component Area Option if available.  Use your institutions 42-hour core as a guide maximizing courses in the above major core which are included in your institutions state mandated core.
  • For more information visit the Computer Science home page .

Computer Science  936.294.3846

AB1 Room 214

Student Advising and Mentoring Center: (936) 294-4444