Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Sciences Online

Gain a valuable, integrated skillset that encompasses computer science, business and engineering to give you an edge in your career.

Apply by: 12/21/22
Start class: 1/17/23

Program Overview

Explore our B.S. in Computer Information Sciences online program

Become a technology career standout with the essential understanding of computer architecture, organization and systems you will gain in the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Sciences degree from Lamar University. The coursework in this online bachelor’s degree in computer and information science program covers software design, various computing languages, and how integrating these systematically can help businesses operate more efficiently. You will learn to utilize concepts of structured programming, including software development methodology, data types and control structures.

This online CIS degree program gives you the knowledge and skillsets, including those of designing, building, maintaining and improving computer-based systems, to help businesses, nonprofits and governments achieve their goals through better use of technology. As a graduate, you will be prepared to apply your knowledge of computer systems architecture, database design and network system administration to the information networks that are fundamental to the operations of a broad range of industries.

With practical coursework and experienced faculty, you will be career-ready from day one.

In this program, you will learn:

  • Societal Awareness: Understand the impact of computer technology on society at large, on the workplace environment, and on individuals.
  • The Scientific Method: Gather requirements, analyze, design and conduct simulations or other computer experiments and evaluate and interpret the data generated.
  • Computer Science Technology Skills: Show expertise in the main content areas of computer science including discrete and continuous mathematics including skills in logic and proof writing, analysis and design of algorithms, formal languages and computability theory, operating and database systems, computer architecture and computer networks and distributed computing concepts.
  • Software Fundamentals: Demonstrate the ability to use fundamental computer science knowledge to design, document, implement and test software solutions to a wide range of problems, using at least two high-level programming languages.
  • Societal Awareness: Understand the impact of computer technology on society at large, on the workplace environment, and on individuals.
  • The Scientific Method: Gather requirements, analyze, design and conduct simulations or other computer experiments and evaluate and interpret the data generated.
  • Computer Science Technology Skills: Show expertise in the main content areas of computer science including discrete and continuous mathematics including skills in logic and proof writing, analysis and design of algorithms, formal languages and computability theory, operating and database systems, computer architecture and computer networks and distributed computing concepts.
  • Software Fundamentals: Demonstrate the ability to use fundamental computer science knowledge to design, document, implement and test software solutions to a wide range of problems, using at least two high-level programming languages.

Career opportunities:

  • Data scientist
  • Network architect
  • Systems analyst
  • Web developer
  • Software engineer
  • Data scientist
  • Network architect
  • Systems analyst
  • Web developer
  • Software engineer

Per Credit Hour $296*
Transfer Credits Up to 90 hours
Credit Hours 120**

*Distance learning fee is included in the tuition listed

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Tuition

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The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Sciences online. Our tuition is affordable and can be paid by the course.

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Tuition breakdown:

Per Credit Hour $296*

Calendar

Milestones to guide your student journey

Our Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Sciences online program features multiple start dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Find the start date that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

8 week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Spring I1/17/2312/21/221/3/231/9/233/7/23
Spring II3/8/232/15/232/22/232/27/235/2/23

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Apply Date 12/21/22
Class Starts 1/17/23

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Admissions

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The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Sciences online program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • Official Transcripts

All applicants must complete an application packet, consisting of:

  • Complete online application and pay an application fee of $25
  • Submit official transcripts from all high schools, colleges and universities you have attended
    • All transcripts are required regardless of accreditation. Only regionally accredited institutions will be eligible for transfer credit.
  • Be eligible to re-enter all colleges and/or universities previously attended
  • Verify specific requirements associated with chosen degree program

High school graduates who have not attended college before are considered entering freshmen – even if they received college credit while in high school through dual credit, AP or IB programs. Transfer students with fewer than 18 hours of college credit also must meet admission requirements for entering freshmen.

Incoming freshmen must do three things to qualify for unconditional admission to Lamar University:

  • Receive a diploma from an accredited high school
  • Complete at least 14 high school credits in college preparatory courses: 4 credits in English, 3 credits in mathematics, 2 credits in laboratory sciences, 2.5 credits in social sciences (U.S. history, U.S. government, and world history or world geography) and 2.5 credits in college preparatory electives (preferably including 2 credits of foreign language)
  • Meet the test-optional admission criteria or achieve a minimum composite score on the ACT or SAT through the secondary review criteria. (Click here for criteria)

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710

OR

Submit electronically to [email protected]

All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Send transcripts to: Lamar University, P.O. Box 10017, Beaumont, Texas 77710

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Courses

B.S. in Computer Information Sciences Curriculum

The Lamar University Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Sciences online features the same quality instruction from supportive faculty as our on-campus programs. Coursework builds your proficiency in understanding computing, operating systems, programming languages, database design, network system administration, and artificial intelligence. COSC 4272 must be taken in your last semester. Note: this program is not accredited by ABET.

Students will have a choice of CPSC 4363, COSC 4345 or CPSC 4361

Students are required to take MATH 2413 and MATH 2318. In addition, students will have a choice of either MATH 1342, 3370 or BUAL 2310
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
The objective of this course is to give students experiences that convey the five main activities of a person working in the area of computer science: reading, listening, thinking, speaking, writing and cooperative interaction. Designed for incoming freshmen. Corequisites: COSC 1173 and COSC 1336
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
Practical applications of concepts learned in Computer Science 1336 (COSC 1336). Hands-on instruction in programming in an object-oriented language, developing, debugging, and testing programming projects. Corequisites: COSC 1336 and COSC 1172 Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
This course is the lab which accompanies COSC 1337. the topics covered include advanced concepts of Java programming, such as inheritance, polymorphism, Graphical and graphics, exceptions, events, etc. Prerequisites: COSC 1173 and COSC 1336 with a minimum grade of B in each.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduces the fundamental concepts of structured programming. Topics include software development methodology, data types, control structures, functions, arrays, and the mechanics of running, testing and debugging. This course assumes computer literacy. Corequisite: COSC 1172 and COSC 1173 Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Review of control structures and data types with emphasis on structured data types. Applies the object-oriented programming paradigm, focusing on the definition and use of classes along with the fundamentals of object-oriented design. Includes basic analysis of algorithms, searching and sorting techniques, and an introduction to software engineering. Prerequisite: COSC 1336 with a minimum grade of B Offered: Fall, Spring
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course describes applications of programming techniques, introducing the fundamental concepts of data structures and algorithms. Prerequisites: COSC 1337 with a minimum grade of B.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces the computer organization and assembly language. Prerequisite: COSC 1336 with a minimum grade of B.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course presents discrete mathematical structures for computer science and mathematics. Topics include: logic and methods of proof, structures of sets and functions, Boolean algebra, recursion, fundamentals of algorithms, permutations and combinations, discrete probability, graphs and trees, randomized search and optimization, and their applications. Prerequisites: MATH 2312 with a minimum grade of C.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is intended as an intermediate course to the design and analysis of algorithms for some of the most frequently encountered combinatorial problems. The course aims to provide familiarity with general algorithmic techniques, performance measures, analysis tools and problem areas. In this course, we will focus on developing an understanding of the algorithmic design process: how to identify the algorithmic needs of an application and apply algorithmic design techniques to solve those problems. The students will also learn how to identify problems for which no exact, efficient algorithm is known. More specifically, topics include: Fundamentals (Basic Programming Model, Data Abstraction, Bags, Queues, and Stacks, Analysis of Algorithms), Sorting (Elementary Sorts, Mergesort, Quicksort, Priority Queues, applications), Searching (Symbol Tables, Binary Search Trees, Balanced Search Trees, Hash Tables, applications), Graphs (Undirected Graphs, Directed Graphs, Minimum Spanning Trees, Shortest Paths), Strings (String Sorts, Tries, Substring Search, Regular Expressions, Data Compression), Context (applications). Prerequisites: COSC 2336 and COSC 2375 with a minimum grade of C in each.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces the ethical style of good writing in computer science and presents the social, legal, philosophical, and economic issues related to computers. Prerequisites: COSC 1336 with a minimum grade of B.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The objective of COSC 4272 is to assist students in their preparation for searching a permanent position after graduation or in their application for a more advanced graduate degree.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
To introduce the major concept areas of operating systems principles develop an understanding of the organization and architecture of computer systems at the register-transfer and programming levels of system description and the inter-relationships between the operating system and the architecture of computer systems. Prerequisite: COSC 2336 with a minimum grade of C. Offered: Fall, Spring
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Study of problems and limitations associated with interconnecting computers by communication networks. Network architecture, signals, message and packet switching networks, network topology, routing, flow control, capacity assignment, protocols, coding and multiplexing. Prerequisite: COSC 2336, MATH 2413. Offered: Fall
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Topics include system security, shell programming, setting up user accounts, system configuration, system startup, management of file systems and disks, and backup and restore operations. Prerequisite: COSC 2336. Offered: Summer
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Logical and physical database system organization; logical models; design issues; secondary storage considerations. Design issues emphasizing the normal decomposition theory of the n-ary relational data model, the RM/T model and an introduction to logical implementations of databases. Prerequisite: COSC 2336 2375 with a minimum Grade of C for each.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Systems analysis, software requirements analysis and definition, specification techniques, software design methodologies, performance measurement, validation and verification and quality assurance techniques. Prerequisite: COSC 2336. Grade level of C. Offered: Fall, Spring.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course covers five main secure software engineering topics, such as security, defensive programming, reliability, program understandability and programmer misconception. Pre- or co-requisite: CPSC 4360 with a minimum grade of C.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides a hands-on study of various attacks and defending techniques on computer software and hardware, including malware, OS security, web security, smartphone security and hardware security. Basics of C programming, OS and HTML will also be covered. Prerequisite: COSC 2336 with a minimum grade of C.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides a hands-on study of various network attacks and defending techniques, including main vulnerabilities of TCP/IP protocols, attacks on DNS servers, DoS attacks, Firewalls, VPN's, TLS and Blockchain. Basics of TCP/IP protocols and cryptography will also be covered. Prerequisites: COSC 2236 with a minimum grade of C.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
Functions, limits, derivatives of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions, curve sketching, related rates, maximum and minimum problems, definite and indefinite integrals with applications. Prerequisites: MRS 800 or C or better in MATH 2312 or its equivalent.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces and provides models for application of the concepts of vector algebra. Topics include finite dimensional vector spaces and their geometric significance; representing and solving systems of linear equations using multiple methods, including Gaussian elimination and matrix inversion; matrices; determinants; linear transformations; quadratic forms, eigenvalues and eigenvectors; and applications in science and engineering. Prerequisite: MATH 2413 with a minimum grade of C.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, determinants, matrices, systems of equations, binomial theorem, exponential and logarithmic functions, theory of equations.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to the quantitative methods of analysis as applied to business problems. Topics of study include collection of data, statistical description, probability theory, probability distribution, sampling theory, estimation of parameters and testing hypothesis. Prerequisite: MATH 1325 or MATH 1324.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A calculus-based introduction to statistics, probability, special probability distributions, nature of statistical methods, sampling theory, estimation, testing hypotheses. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in MATH 2414 or its equivalent. Prepares for: MATH 4380 Offered: Fall, Spring
Communication - 6 Hours
Mathematics - 3 Hours
Life and Physical Sciences - 6 Hours
Language, Philosophy and Culture - 3 Hours
Creative Arts - 3 Hours
American History - 6 Hours
Government/Political Science - 6 Hours
Social/Behavioral Sciences - 3 Hours
Component Area Options - 6 Hours
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Basic forms of expository writing. Frequent themes. Collateral reading in articles and essays of a factual and informative type.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Application of the fundamentals of speech production to the needs of the professional person. For non-communication majors only.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The application of common algebraic functions, including polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and rational, to business, economics and the social sciences are addressed. The applications include mathematics of finance, including simple and compound interest and annuities; systems of linear equations; matrices; linear programming and probability, including simple value. Prerequisites: TSI complete or TSI exempt. Students with a TSI score of 336 or higher, or with a S in MATH 0370 may take this course with co-requisite course MATH 0224. Students who are registered for MATH 1324 and MATH 0224 are not allowed to drop these courses due to the state's TSI compliance requirements.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to contemporary environmental issues and human interactions with ecosystems. Not to be used as a biology major course.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Survey of elementary inorganic/organic chemistry and gas laws for allied health science majors. Prerequisites: (High school chemistry or CHEM 1375 with a grade of "C" or better) and (Mathematics Readiness Score>= 700 or MATH 1314 or higher with a "C" or better).
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Elementary survey of structure, function and metabolic processes of molecules in organisms. Designed for students majoring in health sciences. Prerequisites: CHEM 1306, CHEM 1106. Offered: Summer
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Algebra-based review of chemical laws and theory for science, engineering and preprofessional majors. Prerequisites: Mathematics Readiness Score >=700 or MATH 1314 or higher with a C or better
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A continuation of CHEM 1311. Theories of solutions, equilibrium, thermodynamics and kinetics. Prerequisites: CHEM 1311 and CHEM 1111 both with a C or better.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an introduction to the relationship between human activities, geologic resources and processes and environmental quality. Topics include the relationship between human populations and geologic hazards, as well as how human activities may increase the chances of geologic hazards occurring. Emphasis will be from the geologic perspective, but will include all basic sciences. Field trips are an integral part of this course. Offered: Fall, Spring
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is intended to provide a basic understanding of many aspects of space exploration, including discovering the physical make-up of the universe and evidence surrounding its origin, learning the discoveries made in the solar system and evidence surrounding its origin. This course in addition to lecture material will include a class project to assess teamwork skills.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A close reading of related themes, authors or periods and/or a close viewing of films with related themes or makers. The course will focus on literature, the arts, politics, philosophy or culture. It will not take the place of other 2000 level courses that require ENGL 1301 and 1302. It will not take the place of ENGL 1302. It is intended for students who do not take 6 hours of composition. Course may be repeated when content varies. Pre-requisite: English 1301.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A historical examination of theories and principles of social and personal conduct ranging from Plato and Aristotle to Mill and Nietzsche. Applications to current issues. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 Offered: Fall, Spring.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introductory course emphasizing the understanding and appreciation of visual arts (painting, sculpture, and architecture).
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A survey of the field of film with emphasis on current trends in cinema, past and present directors, and the historical development of film. Satisfies the Fine Arts core curriculum requirement.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The synthesis of computer games with a focus on the artistic elements of games, including graphics, animation, audio and narrative.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A survey of the art of dance and its role in world cultures, history and current issues. This course satisfies the fine arts core for non-dance majors. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Survey of music for non-music students. Covers the major style periods from the Renaissance to the present with emphasis on the development of basic listening skills and critical thinking. Requires attendance at instructor-specified recitals or concerts.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A survey of the development and history of Jazz as a musical form from its origins in earlier styles to the present. Covers the major styles and musicians with an emphasis on the development of basic listening skills and critical thinking. May require attendance at instructor specified recitals or concerts.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A survey of the development and history of Rock Music from its origins in earlier styles up to the present. Covers the major styles and musicians with an emphasis on the development of basic listening skills and critical thinking. May require attendance at instructor-specified recitals or concerts. No Prerequisites.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
United States history from the revolutionary period through reconstruction.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
United States history from the post-reconstruction period to the present.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Texas history from the beginning to the present time.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The national and Texas constitutions; federalism; political socialization and participation; public opinion and interest groups; parties, voting, and elections.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The legislative, executive, and judicial branches and the bureaucracy; policy formulation and implementation including civil rights and civil liberties, domestic and foreign policies.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Emphasizes monetary theory; national income analysis; fluctuation and growth; public finance; international trade; and current economic problems.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to economic principles; allocation of resources; determination of output and prices; distribution; and managerial economics.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Forms of expository and analytical writing. Topics from composition suggested from wide reading in at least two of the three genres: prose fiction, poetry, and drama. Research paper required.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to the quantitative methods of analysis as applied to business problems. Topics of study include collection of data, statistical description, probability theory, probability distribution, sampling theory, estimation of parameters and testing hypothesis. Prerequisite: MATH 1325 or MATH 1324.

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