Computer Information Systems

Associate of Science

This program is designed for students who plan to continue a Baccalaureate degree at South Texas College or to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a Baccalaureate degree in Computer Information Systems. It is also designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the field of computer information systems. The curriculum of the computer information systems degree program focuses on computer programming, business and general education cores of studies. Students who wish to declare this transfer major should ask for program planning assistance from a Computer Information Systems program advisor. Transfer institutions vary in lower division (first two years of college) major department requirements. Meeting the South Texas College Associate of Science degree requirements does not automatically guarantee that all four-year colleges will accept each and every course toward their degree plan.

It is imperative that students work closely with STC departmental faculty and the four-year college faculty in determining transferability of courses.

Computer Information Systems Career Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that Computer and Information Technology occupations are projected to grow by 22 percent, adding 758,800 new jobs from 2010 to 2020. Companies are struggling to find competent talent to fulfill their needs.

Some disciplines under Computer Information Systems include the above mentioned as well as:

  • Applications Programmers
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Information Security Coordinator
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Web Developers
  • Database Administrators

The Computer Science Department prepares students for transfer to a four-year institution where they can specialize in such disciplines.

Students are assigned to an advisor in the department upon declaring a major in Computer Science and/or Computer Information Systems. Students should also consult their advisor for approval of academic matters such as choice of electives, course substitutions, course overloads, and adding and dropping courses.


Field of Study - 18 credit hours
COSC 1301Introduction to Computing 13
COSC 1315Introduction to Computer Programming3
COSC 1436Programming Fundamentals I4
COSC 1337Programming Fundamentals II3
COSC 1320C Programming3
ACCT 2401Principles of Financial Accounting4
STC Core Curriculum - 42 credit hours
Complete 42 credit hours of required Core Curriculum including the following: 242
Social/Behavioral Science
Principles of Economics I - Macro
College Algebra (or higher)
Language, Philosophy & Culture Elective
Introduction to Logic (Recommended)
Total Credit Hours60

For COSC 1301, 1 credit hour is scheduled for the field of study and 2 credit hours are scheduled to meet the general core curriculum requirements (Component Area Option).


In addition to the Field of Study and the Business Foundation hours, the student is required to take 42 credit hours from the STC Core Curriculum


Recommended Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
HIST 1301
United States History I
or Mexican-American History I
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computing 1 3
Select one of the following: 4
College Algebra  
Pre-Calculus Math  
Calculus I  
 Credit Hours13
Second Semester
Life and Physical Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 4
HIST 1302
United States History II
or Mexican-American History II
ENGL 1302 Composition II - Rhetoric 3
COSC 1315 Introduction to Computer Programming 3
 Credit Hours13
Third Semester
Creative Arts Elective - Core Curriculum 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture Elective - Core Curriculum 3
Introduction to Logic (Recommended)  
 Credit Hours6
Fourth Semester
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
ACCT 2401 Principles of Financial Accounting 4
Life and Physical Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 4
COSC 1436 Programming Fundamentals I 4
 Credit Hours15
Fifth Semester
ECON 2301 Principles of Economics I - Macro 3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
COSC 1320 C Programming 3
COSC 1337 Programming Fundamentals II 3
Component Area Option - Core Curriculum 1
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours

COSC 1301 Introduction to Computing allocates 1 credit hour for the field of study and 2 credit hours for the institutional component area option.