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Computer Science/Computer Information Systems

Getting a strong foundation in understanding computers and the technology industry will set the stage for a successful transfer to many bachelor degree programs. Students who complete Grayson College’s Associate of Science degree in Computer Science/Computer Information Systems often transfer to four-year institutions to complete a higher degree in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, and Computer Engineering with minimum difficulty. Students should consult with the transfer university for specific  requirements. Many GC students transfer locally to Southeastern Oklahoma State University, University of Texas at Dallas, University of North Texas, Texas A & M University-Commerce, and Austin College.

Many computer science-related courses may be taken for non-credit through the Grayson College Continuing Education division. Some of these CE courses begin monthly!

 

Course Requirements

  • Grayson College requires a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Some of the courses require prerequisites. Refer to the GC catalog for specific information.
  • The Associate of Science Degree requires successful completion of the TSI requirements.
  • Students should take Programming Fundamentals (COSC 1336) the first semester.

Degree Plan

View the degree plan to see what courses will be taken.
   

Career Pathways

Achieving your educational goals in the shortest amount of time possible, and possibly collecting credentials along the way, will help you join the workforce faster. There are a number of ways to reach your goal, and Grayson College's "Pathways" will help you visualize this important journey you are about to begin. Visit Career Pathways. 

Anticipated Costs for Two Years

Tuition for 60 hours - View 2015-2016 Tuition and Mandatory Fees

Additional expected costs to complete this program:

Lab Fees

930.00

Matriculation Fees

40.00

Parking Fees

30.00

Student ID

8.00

Tools and Supplies

50.00

Books

2,000.00

TSI Assessment

25.00

Computer (optional)

1,000.00

Approximate Total

$4,083.00 (plus tuition and mandatory fees)

On-campus housing (room and board) is extra. Prices are subject to change without notice.
  

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial aid is available to eligible students enrolled in this program, including loans, grants, scholarships and work study jobs. All students should visit the Paying for College page for valuable information and resources. All students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) over the internet at www.fafsa.ed.gov. (GC’s school code in Step Six is 003570) and a GC Application for Financial Aid available on the GC website on the Paying for College page. All applications should be filed by March 31st to ensure full consideration.

The Grayson College Foundation awards thousands of scholarship dollars to deserving students every year. Once you complete the FAFSA process, consider submitting an application for a scholarship. The priority deadline is March 15; however, applications are accepted until funds are depleted for the year. Learn more by visiting Scholarships.
  

Job Outlook

Employment of computer support specialists and systems administrators is expected to increase by 18 percent from 2006 to 2016, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. In addition, this occupation is expected to add 155,000 jobs over the next decade. Employment of network and computer systems administrators is expected to increase by 27 percent from 2006 to 2016, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Computer networks have be-come an integral part of business, and demand for these workers will increase as firms continue to invest in new technologies.

Job prospects should be best for college graduates who possess the latest technological skills, particularly graduates who have supplemented their formal education with relevant work experience. Median annual earnings of wage-and-salary computer support specialists were $41,470 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $32,110 and $53,640. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,290 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $68,540.

Local Employers

Graduates from this program are in demand locally from employers such as Texas Instruments and MEMC. However, most graduates should anticipate more opportunities in the corridor south from McKinney to Plano and Dallas. Aircraft and military system opportunities exist in Denton and Fort Worth.

 

For more program information please contact:

Computer Science Department Director Deena White
deenawhite@grayson.edu
903-463-8664

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