Frequently Asked Questions

 

 What is the difference between COSC 1301 and BCIS 1305?

COSC 1301 is a general introductory computer course that emphasizes the Internet and Computing Core Certification (or IC3) Global Standard Objectives (http://www.certiport.com/Portal/desktopdefault.aspx?page=common/pagelibrary/IC3_GS3.html). Course content includes basic use of computer hardware, networks, the Internet, and software such as Microsoft Word and Excel.

BCIS 1305 is an introductory computer course that emphasizes computer hardware and software commonly used in business, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access. This course is recommended for students who intend to major in business or a related field.

What is the difference between COSC 1301 and COSC 1300?

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board renamed COSC 1300 to COSC 1301. The course content is the same for both COSC 1300 and COSC 1301.

My degree plan includes COSC 1300, but I do not see it on the schedule or in the catalog. What course should I take?

You should take COSC 1301. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board renamed COSC 1300 to COSC 1301. The course content is the same for both COSC 1300 and COSC 1301

 Which courses should I take if I am a Computer Science, Network Administration, Computer Programming, PC Technical Support, or Cisco Router Networking major?

Program curriculum information for each major can be found on the side navigation menu of the Computer Science Department.  If you have specific questions about the courses, you may contact the Computer Science Program Director, Donna Schilling, at dschilling@wcjc.edu or 1-800-561-9252 x 6401

How can I find out which book is needed for other Computer Science courses?

Each WCJC campus has an on-site bookstore that sells required and optional course materials. If you prefer to purchase your books online, a book list is published on the Computer Science Department website.

Can I “test out” of any Computer Science courses? Can I receive credit for any Computer Science courses through testing, certifications, Tech-Prep, or other agreements?

There is NOT an option to “test out” of COSC 1301 or BCIS 1305.

Students who have passed the Computer Science AP exam with a score of 3 or higher can receive credit for COSC 1436.

Some students may qualify to receive credit for courses completed in high school through a Tech-Prep agreement. Contact the Computer Science Program Director, Donna Schilling, at dschilling@wcjc.edu or 1-800-561-9252 x6401 for more information. 

Computer Science majors who hold an industry certification, such as A+ or CCNA, should contact the Computer Science Program Director, Donna Schilling, to review their degree program. In some cases, other relevant courses can be substituted for required courses in a degree program. Program Director approval is needed for any course substitution.

   

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