Computer information science is a field of study that includes coursework commonly found in computer science and computer information systems programs. However, it's still a distinct field. Texas currently has only four private, not-for-profit and public colleges that offer computer information science programs. School information, tuition costs and program overviews are described below.
Dallas Baptist University
This university in Dallas has a bachelor's degree program in computer information science. Students take courses in computer science, data structures, networks, software engineering and database management systems. A senior project is required, which includes a written report and oral presentation. Students also need to take 12 semester hours of concentration courses outside the field of computer information science.
Northeast Texas Community College
Located in Mount Pleasant, this community college offers several certificate and associate's degree programs in the field of computer information science. Certificate students may focus on computer maintenance and repair, computer programming, computer applications or advanced computer applications. The Associate in Applied Science programs have specializations in networking or applications. The Associate in Science (AS) program provides general education on computer and information sciences. The AS program is intended for students who wish to transfer to a bachelor's program and includes courses in logic design, business computer applications and C++ programming.
St. Edward's University
St. Edward's University in Austin provides a bachelor's degree program in computer information science. The program teaches students about software engineering, computer science concepts, Web programming, accounting principles and computer organization. Senior students must develop and present their own software that's intended to solve a business problem.
Found in Vernon, this college offers certificate and associate's degree programs in computer and information sciences. Certificate students must complete 30-32 credits and get to learn about network fundamentals, PC hardware, software and networking technologies. The Associate in Applied Science program includes the same courses as the certificate program and covers additional topics in network security, computer programming and system analysis. The associate's program requires 60-63 credits, which also includes general education course requirements.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Computer Information Science Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Dallas Baptist University||4-year, private, not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Computer Information Science||$28,870*|
|Northeast Texas Community College||2-year, public; distant rural|| Certificate in Advanced Computer Applications,
Certificate in Computer Applications,
Certificate in Computer Maintenance and Repair,
Certificate in Computer Programming,
Associate in Applied Science in Computer Information and Sciences: Specialization in Applications,
Associate in Applied Science in Computer Information and Sciences: Specialization in Networking,
Associate in Science in Computer Information and Sciences
|$2,849 in-district; $4,709 in-state; $6,149 out-of-state*|
|St. Edward's University||4-year, private, not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Science||$45,428*|
|Vernon College||2-year, public; remote town|| Certificate of Completion in Computer and Information Sciences,
Associate in Applied Science in Computer and Information Sciences
|$3,080 in-district; $4,360 in-state; $5,720 out-of-state*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.