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    Dec 05, 2022  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science, BS with grad track option leading to Computer Science, MS

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The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers a grad track option for existing UNT undergraduate students majoring in computer science. In this grad track option, the student can take a maximum of nine (9) credit hours of graduate courses while completing the BS degree. After earning the BS degree, these credit hours can be counted toward the MS degree. Prior to registering for these courses, the student must be admitted to the grad track option and obtain approvals from the undergraduate and graduate coordinators.

Admission requirements and program policies

Admission requirements

Students applying to the grad track option should be majors in the department’s computer science BS program. Students are eligible for acceptance at the end of their junior year. Approval will be considered once a student has completed at least 75 credit hours (one benchmark is whether or not the student is ready for CSE Senior Design in the following fall semester). Other requirements include:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher is required at the time of application; average minimum GPA of 3.5 for all computer science core courses (CSCE 2610 , CSCE 3110 , CSCE 3600 )
  • Two letters of recommendation from computer science and engineering faculty members

The student’s application will be reviewed by an undergraduate and a graduate coordinator in computer science and engineering.  Once approved by the CSE coordinators, the student must apply to the Toulouse Graduate School within the first semester of the senior year.

Program policies

After completing at least 90 credit hours, the student can start taking the accepted graduate courses as technical electives for the BS degree. If the student wants to take other graduate courses for grad track credits, he or she will need to obtain approvals from both the undergraduate and graduate CSE coordinators. For these graduate courses to be counted for the MS degree, the student must earn a grade of B or higher for each course. Courses cross-listed as graduate/undergraduate may only be counted for undergraduate credit.

Students admitted to the grad track option will be admitted into the MS program on a conditional basis.  Once the student has satisfied all course work for the BS degree and maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher, he or she will be fully admitted. Undergraduate students who have been accepted to a grad track program should complete all of the bachelor’s degree requirements and graduate within 12 months of the first day of the semester for which they began taking graduate courses, or enrollment in graduate level course work will be suspended.

Students must enroll in graduate school in the long semester after finishing the BS degree and should take the remaining graduate courses in the following year(s) to complete the MS degree. If the student does not enroll in graduate school in the long semester after finishing the BS degree, those graduate course credit hours will not be counted for the MS degree, even if the student comes back for graduate school in the future.

Program requirements

The student is required to take the courses listed below in the fourth and fifth years of the program.

Year four required courses (choose 3 from the following):

  • CSCE 5210 - Artificial Intelligence
  • CSCE 5220 - Computer Graphics
  • CSCE 5250 - Introduction to Game Programming
  • CSCE 5350 - Database Systems I
  • CSCE 5650 - Compiler Design
  • CSCE 5640 - Operating System Design
  • all remaining required courses for the  .

Year five required courses:

  • all remaining required courses for the MS with a major in computer science (see Graduate Catalog)

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