Computer Science

Placement Information

Exam Placement
Earning a 4 or 5 on the AP Computer Science A exam yields credit for CSC 54-184: Computer Science I. Earning a 4 or 5 on the AP Computer Science Principles exam earns credit for CSC54-144: Explorations in Computing. While that course does not count for the CS major or minor, students are encouraged to consult with MAT/CSC department chair to determine course placement in subsequent CSC courses. Students who have taken the AP Computer Science A course but did not earn credit, or who are comfortable in a programming language (Java or a different one) are encouraged to contact Dr. Anthony and Dr. Schrum to talk about appropriate placement.

Non-Science Majors
Explorations in Computing is an appropriate course for non-majors. However, both Explorations in Computing and Computer Science I are appropriate for students with no previous programming experience. 

Community College Transfer
Many students are interested in transferring into our department using Texas Community College credits. Here is how these courses transfer:

  •  COSC 1336 Programming Fundamentals I: Transfers in as a selected topics course that does not count toward the major. However, it may still be appropriate to place into Computer Science II. Please contact Dr. Anthony and Dr. Schrum for guidance.
  • COSC 1337 Programming Fundamentals II: Transfers in as CSC 54-184: Computer Science I. However, if your previous programming experience is not in Java, you should consult with the CS faculty before taking additional courses in the department.
  • COSC 2336 Programming Fundamentals III: Transfers in as CSC 54-284, Computer Science II