The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Computer Science, Bachelor of Science Computer Science

Computer Science is the study of the structure, function and application of computers and is central to the rapidly expanding use of information technology. Computers have traditionally been used in business, engineering and scientific applications, and now applications are found in almost all human activities from art to zoology. Computer science is both an applied and theoretical discipline, supported by the principles of science, engineering, and mathematics that has a direct and profound impact on the quality of life and society at large.

The Department of Computer Science offers three degrees: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS), Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS), and Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT). The BSCS degree is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The Department offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCE) in cooperation with the Department of Electrical Engineering. The Department also offers service courses to fulfill University core curriculum requirements, and computer science courses required for degree programs in engineering, science, and mathematics. Faculty conduct research in computer science, computer science education, and interdisciplinary fields, and contribute their professional service to student advising, mentoring, professional organizations, University activities, industrial interactions, and to the community through professional expertise.

The undergraduate curricula in computer science are based on the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society recommendations for curricula and reflect the goals of a liberal arts education. The graduate curricula provide advanced and specialized study in the areas of computer science and information technology. The curricula in computer science provide the student with marketable expertise to enter the computing and information technology fields, the skills and education required to adapt to the rapidly changing characteristic of the fields, and the foundation to pursue graduate study in computer science and information technology. 

Core Curriculum – 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

020 Mathematics - 3 hours

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

MATH 2413 is given three credit hours for the lecture component.

030 Life and Physical Sciences - 6 hours

Choose any two courses:
BIOL 1406General Biology I

4

BIOL 1407General Biology II

4

BIOL 2401Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL 2402Anatomy and Physiology II

4

 

CHEM 1311General Chemistry I

3

Or

CHEM 1309Chemistry for Engineers

3

 

CHEM 1312General Chemistry II

3

 

PHYS 1401General Physics I

4

Or

PHYS 2425Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

4

 

PHYS 1402General Physics II

4

Or

PHYS 2426Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

4

Three credit hours from the lecture component of each life and physical science course will be applied towards this requirement.

040 Language, Philosophy, and Culture - 3 hours

PHIL 2326Ethics, Technology and Society

3

090 Integrative and Experiential Learning - 6 hours

Choose an additional 1-hour course from this category except PHIL 2326.

Complete 1-hour of laboratory from each corresponding science course from category 030 Life and Physical Sciences for a total of 2 credit hours.

COMM 1315Public Speaking

3

 

Major Requirements - 68 hours

Required Courses - 32 hours

Computer Science Core
CSCI 1101Introduction to Computer Science

1

CSCI 1170Computer Science I Laboratory for Majors

1

CSCI 1370Computer Science I for Majors

3

CSCI 2333Computer Organization and Assembly Language

3

CSCI 2344Programming in Unix/ Linux Environment

3

CSCI 2380Computer Science II

3

CSCI 3310Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science

3

CSCI 3333Algorithms and Data Structures

3

CSCI 3336Organization of Programming Languages

3

CSCI 3340Software Engineering I

3

CSCI 4325Automata, Formal Languages, and Computability

3

CSCI 4390Senior Project

3

Computer Science Electives – 18 hours

Programming Language - 3 hours

Choose one:
CSCI 3326Object Oriented Programming in JAVA

3

CSCI 3327Object Oriented Programming

3

CSCI 3328Object-Oriented Programming In C#

3

CSCI 3329Object Oriented Programming in Python

3

Databases, Architecture, Networking, and Operating Systems - 6 hours

Choose two:
CSCI 4333Database Design and Implementation

3

CSCI 4334Operating Systems

3

CSCI 4335Computer Architecture

3

CSCI 4345Computer Networks

3

Additional Computer Science Electives - 9 hours

Choose three:
CSCI 3300Internship in Computer Science

3

CSCI 3334Systems Programming

3

CSCI 3341Software Engineering II

3

CSCI 3342Internet Programming

3

CSCI 3350Numerical Methods

3

CSCI 3370Introduction to Game Development

3

CSCI 4185Research Seminar

1

CSCI 4301Digital Image Processing

3

CSCI 4303Computer Vision

3

CSCI 4310Design and Analysis of Algorithms

3

CSCI 4318Cyber Security

3

CSCI 4319Digital Forensics

3

CSCI 4327Compiler Construction

3

CSCI 4336Parallel and Distributed Computing

3

CSCI 4341Topics in Computer Science

3

CSCI 4343Data Mining

3

CSCI 4344Bioinformatics

3

CSCI 4350Artificial Intelligence

3

CSCI 4352Machine Learning

3

CSCI 4360Computer Graphics and Interactive Systems

3

CSCI 4365Computer and Network Security

3

CSCI 4381Interactive Systems and User Interface Design

3

CSCI 4382Computer Visualization

3

Support Courses - 18 hours

Oral and Written Communication - 3 hours

ENGL 3342Technical Communication

3

Mathematics and Engineering - 15 hours

Required:
ELEE 2130/CMPE 2130Digital Systems Engineering I Lab

1

ELEE 2330/CMPE 2330Digital Systems Engineering I

3

MATH 2318Linear Algebra

3

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

MATH 2414Calculus II

4

MATH 2413 is given one credit hours for the lecture component

Choose one:
STAT 3337Probability and Statistics

3

ELEE 3340/CMPE 3343Probability and Statistics for Electrical Engineers

3

STAT 3301Applied Statistics

3

Free Electives - 14 hours

 Free electives credit hours required may vary to achieve the institutional minimum of 120 hours for a degree.

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 124

Major Graduation Requirements

Specific graduation requirements required for this program beyond university bachelor’s degree requirements. 

All courses in section Computer Science Core must be completed with a grade ‘C’ or better.
All courses in sections Programming Language and Databases, Architecture, Networking, and Operating Systems must be completed with a grade ‘C’ or better