Computer Science Schools in Fort Worth, TX with Course Summaries

Nov 15, 2018

The Fort Worth area has more than ten colleges that offer computer science programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three schools within 20 miles of downtown Fort Worth to make an informed education decision.

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Fort Worth Computer Science Programs

There are several different schools in the Fort Worth area offering programs in the field of computer science. Get the specifics on three of the closest schools, all of which are under 30 minutes from downtown. The table included in the next section of the article compares valuable school statistics, such as enrollment numbers, graduation rates, tuition and more. There is also a short section mentioning another nearby school option.

  • The University of Texas at Arlington (UT-Arlington) is 10.4 miles from Fort Worth's downtown and offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science, a Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science.
  • Situated 4.1 miles from downtown, Texas Christian University gives students the chance to earn a BS in Computer Science or a Minor in Computer Science.
  • Just four miles from downtown, Texas Wesleyan University also offers a BS in Computer Science.

Comparison of Schools

Choosing a college can be confusing. Get more info on the three schools in the table below.

University of Texas at Arlington Texas Christian University Texas Wesleyan University
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 46,497* 10,489* 2,396*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $9,952 in-state; $25,152 out-of-state* $44,760* $27,800*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 85%* 80%* 82%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 71%* 41%* 34%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 71%* 91%* 57%*
Graduation Rate (Students began in 2011) 50% (31% transfer-out rate)* 83% (14% transfer-out rate)* 35% (41% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a major research university. There are more than 36 full-time faculty members in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and staff at UT-Arlington conduct research in such fields as computer vision, database technology, embedded systems, intelligent systems, homeland security and mobile computing. UT-Arlington maintains 19 specialized computer labs to support this research and frequently offers students opportunities to participate in research projects. Internships with major corporations are also available.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Students who enroll in this bachelor's degree program will be required to complete 121 total credit hours. Students begin this degree program by completing a curriculum of general education and pre-professional courses. All of these classes must be passed with a C or better before the student may continue to the professional curriculum. The pre-professional courses include classes in calculus, physics, programming and hardware/software systems. Once all of these requirements have been completed, students will take 39 credits in professional courses as well as 12 hours worth of technical electives.

Master of Science in Computer Science

Students wishing to be admitted to this master's program must have completed their undergraduate degree program with a GPA of 3.0 or better in all coursework. Students may take one of two study tracks: thesis or non-thesis. The thesis track is designed to teach research skills; students will complete 30 credit hours, including an orientation seminar and six thesis credits. The non-thesis track includes classes intended to enhance a student's professional development. The student must complete 36 credit hours.

Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science

To complete the B.S. to Ph.D. track, students will take 30 credit hours, including 21 diagnostic credits and 9 research hours. To earn the Ph.D., the student must complete two full-time semesters of courses that support the dissertation topic.

Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University is a small, private university affiliated with the Disciples of Christ religious denomination. Located on 277 acres, this school enrolls about 9,000 undergraduate students per year in 114 different undergraduate degree and 94 graduate areas of study. Computer science students may do research in six different computer labs, and they have the opportunity to participate in the TCU chapters of such student computer science organizations as Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association of Computing Machinery.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Students wishing to complete this degree program will need to take 124 credits, of which 48 credits must be in computer science, 17 must be in mathematics, and 15 must be in science. Required classes in the major include coursework in programming, data structures, computer systems, computer organization, programming languages, database systems, operating systems and software engineering. Students will also complete a senior design project.

Computer Science Minor

Students at TCU may choose to minor in computer science as part of either a B.S. or a B.A. degree program. Students who choose this option will be required to complete 18 hours worth of computer science courses, including classes in programming, data structures and computer system fundamentals. They must also complete six hours worth of advanced computer science electives.

Texas Wesleyan University

Founded in 1890, Texas Wesleyan is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Methodist denomination. It serves roughly 1,700 undergraduates per year.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Students enrolled in this degree program will complete at least 124 credit hours of study. Students must complete a minimum of 24 hours of upper division classes in the major and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in order to graduate. Computer science majors will take courses in programming, the computer language C++, assembly language programming, data structures, algorithms, operating systems, computer networks and computer graphics. This degree program also offers a capstone senior design project and internship opportunities.

Computer Science Minor

Students can opt to enter the 3-year computer minor program offered by this school. They will take a few programming courses in addition to calculus, data structures, and two electives. A total of 21 credits must be earned to complete this minor.

3+2 B.S. & M.S. in Computer Science

In this program, students take such courses as discrete math, linear algebra, operating systems, advanced C++ programming, and software engineering in addition to completing a senior project. For the program's fourth year, students must transfer to the University of Texas at Arlington, a partner institution. There, students will earn the bachelor's after finishing their fourth year and the master's after completing the fifth.

Other School Options

Students in the Fort Worth area who wish to study computer science but are not yet prepared to invest in a 4-year degree may wish to investigate educational options at Tarrant County College, which offers associate's degree programs in information technology and computer support specialist.

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