Computer and Information Sciences, AS



Year 1 Semester 1
Fall
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computing

Overview of computer systems - hardware operating systems the Internet and application software including word processing spreadsheets presentation graphics and databases. Current topics such as the effect of computers on society and the history and use of computers in business educational and other interdisciplinary settings are also studied. This course is not intended to count toward a student's major field of study in business or computer science.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.

Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

COSC 1336 Programming Fundamentals I

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of structured programming and provides a comprehensive introduction to programming for computer science and technology majors. Topics include software development methodology data types control structures functions arrays and the mechanics of running testing and debugging. This course assumes computer literacy.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours lecture and two hours lab each week.
ENGL 1301 English Composition I

Intensive study of and practice in writing processes from invention and researching to drafting revising and editing both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices including audience purpose arrangement and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning communicating and critical analysis.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.

Note

English Composition I is a prerequisite for all 2000-level literature courses.

MATH 2413 Calculus I

This is a standard first course in calculus.  Topics include limits continuity; definition of the derivative of a function and techniques of differentiation; applications of the derivative to maximizing or minimizing a function; the chain rule mean value theorem and rate of change problems; curve sketching; the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus; definite and indefinite integration of algebraic trigonometric and transcendental functions with an application to calculation of areas. (Fall Spring Summer)

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Four hours of lecture each week
Prerequisites

MATH 2412 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better

Total Credit Hours
13

Year 1 Semester 2
Spring
COSC 1337 Programming Fundamentals II

This course focuses on the object-oriented programming paradigm emphasizing the definition and use of classes along with fundamentals of object-oriented design. The course includes basic analysis of algorithms searching and sorting techniques and an introduction to software engineering processes. Students will apply techniques for testing and debugging software.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours lecture and two hours lab each week.
Prerequisites

COSC 1336 

PHYS 2425 Advanced Physics I

This is a calculus-based physics course intended for students majoring in computer science engineering mathematics physics or related fields of study. Topics include 1-D motion 2-D motion rotational motion Newton's laws energy momentum equilibrium gravity oscillatory motion waves and heat. (Fall)

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

MATH 2413 


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

HIST 1301 United States History I

A survey of the social political economic cultural and intellectual history of the United States from the pre-Columbian era to the Civil War/Reconstruction period. United States History I includes the study of the pre-Columbian colonial revolutionary early national slavery and sectionalism and the Civil War/Reconstruction eras. Themes that may be addressed in United States History I include: American settlement and diversity American culture religion civil and human rights technological change economic change immigration and migration and creation of the federal government.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.
ENGL 1302 English Composition II

Intensive study of and practice in the strategies and techniques for developing research-based expository and persuasive texts. Emphasis on effective and ethical rhetorical inquiry including primary and secondary research methods; critical reading of verbal visual and multimedia texts; systematic evaluation synthesis and documentation of information sources; and critical thinking about evidence and conclusions.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.
Prerequisites

ENGL 1301 or its equivalent.

Total Credit Hours
16

Year 1 Semester 3
Summer
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking

Application of communication theory and practice to the public speaking context with emphasis on audience analysis speaker delivery ethics of communication cultural diversity and speech organizational techniques to develop students' speaking abilities.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.
Prerequisites

Eligibility to enroll in INRW 0302 

Total Credit Hours
6

Year 2 Semester 1
Fall
COSC 2336 Programming Fundamentals III

Further applications of programming techniques introducing the fundamental concepts of data structures and algorithms. Topics include data structures (including stacks queues linked lists hash tables trees and graphs) searching sorting recursion and algorithmic analysis. Programs will be implemented in an appropriate object-oriented language.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours of lecture and two hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

COSC 1337 

PHYS 2426 Advanced Physics II

This is a calculus-based physics course intended for students majoring in computer science engineering mathematics physics or related fields of study. Topics include charge electric fields magnetic fields electric potential current capacitance resistance electromotive force simple DC and AC circuits induction electromagnetic waves propagation of light and geometric optics. (Spring)

Credit hours
4 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of lecture and three hours of lab each week.
Prerequisites

PHYS 2425 (completed) and MATH 2414 (completed or concurrent).


Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

HIST 1302 United States History II

A survey of the social political economic cultural and intellectual history of the United States from the Civil War/Reconstruction era to the present. United States History II examines industrialization immigration world wars the Great Depression Cold War and post-Cold War eras. Themes that may be addressed in United States History II include: American culture religion civil and human rights technological change economic change immigration and migration urbanization and suburbanization the expansion of the federal government and the study of U.S. foreign policy.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.
GOVT 2305 Federal Government

Origin and development of the U.S. Constitution structure and powers of the national government including the legislative executive and judicial branches federalism political participation the national election process public policy civil liberties and civil rights.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.
Total Credit Hours
13

Year 2 Semester 2
Spring
COSC 1315 Introduction to Computer Programming JAVA

Introduction to computer programming for solving a variety of problems. This course is intended for non-computer science and non-computer engineering majors. Emphasis on the fundamentals of design development testing implementation and documentation of computer programs. Includes problem solving with structured techniques and algorithms using pseudo code and/or graphical representations.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Two hours lecture and two hours lab each week.

Note

Additional course fee(s) required.

GOVT 2306 Texas Government

Origin and development of the Texas Constitution structure and powers of state and local government federalism and inter-governmental relations political participation the election process public policy and the political culture of Texas.

Credit hours
3 credit hours.
Lecture/Lab/Clinical
Three hours of class each week.
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Total Credit Hours
12


Total Program Hours
60



PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

Computer occupations are great field for students who either plan to transfer to a four-year college or university, or develop the knowledge and skills necessary to function as a computer applications specialist in a variety of working environments. Applied skills are developed through “hands-on” training utilizing modern computer equipment and software. Transferability and specific requirements can be determined only by the receiving institution. Curriculum is often used as a resume builder for current or potential employees.


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