Computer Science (BA/BS)

The Computer Science discipline provides opportunities for students in all majors to learn necessary computer skills to be able to function in the world of today as servant leaders.

Mission Statement

The mission statement for the Computer Science Department reflects the DBU mission statement in its goal to produce servant leaders. The Computer Science Department of Dallas Baptist University is committed to providing a high-quality education that stresses excellence in work performance, scholarship, ethical application of knowledge, and logical and practical skills for dealing with a society that is dependent upon constantly changing computer-related technology. This will be accomplished within a Christian environment that provides a spiritual foundation.

Goals of the Computer Science Major

The computer science program seeks to:

  • Conform to the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) current academic guidelines.

  • Establish a working relationship with local businesses.

  • Provide opportunities for student research.

  • Provide internship opportunities.

  • Provide up-to-date equipment and software for hands-on learning.

  • Provide an opportunity for charitable computer work.

  • Provide a diversity of computer platforms.

  • Sponsor an on-campus computer club.

The computer science major prepares students for careers in which the computer plays a central role. A major in computer science requires a minimum of 40 credit hours in computer science plus a 12-credit-hour (upper-level) concentration in any approved applied field such as business, computer security, education, internet computing, or mathematics. More than the minimum requirements in computer science will be necessary for students wishing to pursue graduate work in a related field. All computer science majors are required to take MATH 2309, 3302, and PHYS 1401, 1402.

Students who choose to have a mathematics concentration are encouraged to consult their advisor regarding a double major in computer science and mathematics.

Expected Educational Results

  • Employment for graduates in computer-related careers.

  • Graduates pursuing advanced degrees.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (ba)

credit hours (bS)

Developing A Christian Mind
DCM 2301 - Developing a Christian Mind

3

3

English

12

9

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

and/or

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

Fine Arts
FINE 1306 - Introduction to Fine Arts

3

3

Foreign Language
*Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate requisites are met

14*

0

Foundations for Excellence

1

1

FOUN 1101 - Foundations for Excellence

is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours.

(AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)

History

6

6

Choose two:

HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865

HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865

HIST 2301 - World Civilization I

HIST 2302 - World Civilization II

Kinesiology

2

2

KNES 1101 - Fitness for Living

and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.

Mathematics

3

3

Choose one:

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

8

15

(BA)

PHYS 1401 - General Physics I

PHYS 1402 - General Physics II

(BS)

PHYS 1401 - General Physics I

PHYS 1402 - General Physics II

plus 7 hours from Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, or Physical Science

Religion

9

9

RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey

RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey

and

three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment

Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

6

6

POLS 2301 - American National Government

and an additional three credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. 

TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS

67

57

Computer Science Major

Core Courses

46

46

A minimum of 34 core credit hours of computer science, including:

COSC 1302 - Introduction to Computer Science and Programming

COSC 1405 - Foundations of Computer Science I

COSC 1408 - Foundations of Computer Science II

COSC 2306 - Data Structures and Introduction to Algorithms

COSC 2403 - Object-Oriented Analysis and Design

COSC 3301 - Database Management Systems

COSC 3305 - Computer Organization and Architecture

COSC 3306 - Networks and Telecommunication

COSC 4308 - Senior Project in Computer Science (S-L)

COSC 4402 - Software Engineering (S-L)

Along with 6 upper-level credit hours of COSC electives plus the following courses:

MATH 2309 - Introduction to Linear Algebra

MATH 3302 - Discrete Mathematics

Additional credit hours in selected concentration:

12

12

In addition, computer science majors must take at least 12 upper-level credit hours in an approved concentration. Business, computer security, education, and mathematics are four of the approved areas of concentration.

Business

12 credit hours of upper-level business courses plus appropriate requisites

or

Computer Security

12 credit hours from COSC 3408, 4401, and 4408

or

Education

12 credit hours in education courses as specified by the College of Education

or

Internet Computing

12 credit hours from COSC 3410, COSC 4403, and COSC 4409

or

Mathematics

12 credit hours of upper-level mathematics courses including MATH 3301, 3307, and 4302 plus appropriate requisites

Electives

Upper-Level

Lower or Upper-Level

5

0

5

0

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED

130

120

A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree is required, including 42 upper-level credit hours.

Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University: DBU requires a minimum institutional cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0.

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

MINOR IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

See information about the Computer Science minor here.

Students in the Computer Information Science major cannot minor in Computer Science.

ACCELERATED DEGREES AVAILABLE

DBU also offers Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program(s) for this degree available for qualifying undergraduate students. Refer to Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program Requirements for additional information.

BA/BS in Computer Science/MBA (Business Innovation Strategy, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Cybersecurity, IT and Innovation, IT Security for Managers)

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Find course descriptions by category under the Undergraduate Course Descriptions section in the navigation panel.