Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in Computer Science (Teacher Certification in Computer Science, Grades 8-12)

Minimum required: 126 semester credit hours

Admission Requirement

  1. All students pursuing teacher certification must apply and be accepted to the Office of Educator Preparation.

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.
  2. In addition to the general education core curriculum requirements, the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) requires three hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses, a minor and six hours of 2000-level modern language courses. Most students will have to complete 1410 and 1420 as prerequisites before attempting 2310.
  3. In addition to satisfying the University graduation requirements, students must earn a grade of C or higher in all computer science and mathematics courses used to satisfy the requirements of the computer science major.
  4. Students pursuing the B.A. are required to complete an additional 3 hours of English beyond the general education core curriculum. A grade of C or higher is required in these additional hours to satisfy the graduation requirements of the computer science major.  Students may select from the following English courses.  ENG 3303  or ENG 3311  is recommended.
    ENG 2310British Literature before 17853
    ENG 2320British Literature since 17853
    ENG 2330World Literature before 16003
    ENG 2340World Literature since 16003
    ENG 2359US Literature before 18653
    ENG 2360US Literature since 18653
    ENG 3303Technical Writing3
    ENG 3311Practices in Writing and Rhetoric3
  5. Computer Science majors must complete 37 hours of Computer Science courses, including one CS project course from: CS 4318CS 4326CS 4371CS 4380, or CS 4398​.
  6. A minor in Secondary Education is required.
  7. In addition to the major, minor and general education core curriculum requirements, students must also complete 21 hours of professional sequence courses under the College of Education. All coursework must be completed prior to EDST 4681.
  8. To satisfy graduation requirements for teacher certification, students must have at least a 2.75 Overall GPA. A GPA of at least 2.75 in all assigned courses in the professional sequence with no grade below a “C”.

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
CS 14284CS 23083 
MATH 1317, 1319, 1329, or 2321 (Mathematics Component Code 020)3MATH 23583 
US 11001Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 03024 
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3 
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3 
 14 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummerHours
CS 23153CS 33393Summer I: 
CS 23183CS 33543ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3
CS 33583Modern Language 14204HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3
MATH 33983Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 03024Summer II: 
Modern Language 14104 ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3
  HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3
 16 14 12
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummerHours
CS 33983CS Advanced Elective3Summer I: 
CS Advanced Elective3CS Advanced Elective3POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
Modern Language 23103Modern Language 23203Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803
CI 33253CI 43323Summer II: 
  POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
  BA ENG Literature select one of the following:3
 12 12 12
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
Select one of the following:3EDST 46816 
CI 43433  
CI 43703  
RDG 33233  
 12 6
Total Hours: 126

MATH 2417 or MATH 2471 may substitute for the MATH 1317, MATH 1319, MATH 1329, or MATH 2321 requirement.

Computer Science majors must take eight hours (2 courses) of the Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030 from: BIO 1330/BIO 1130 & BIO 1331/BIO 1131; PHYS 1315/PHYS 1115 & PHYS 1325/PHYS 1125 [or PHYS 1430 & PHYS 2425]; CHEM 1341/CHEM 1141, and CHEM 1342/CHEM 1142; or GEOL 1410 & GEOL 1420. The eight hours (2 courses) must be from the same science (BIO, CHEM, GEOL, or PHYS) as listed above.