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COSC 1300 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC.

Computer Literacy
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: The student will develop the ability to use computer-based technology in communicating, acquiring information and solving problems. Additionally, the student will evaluate the effects and implications of information technology on various aspects of society. COSC 1300 may not be applied towards a computer science major or minor. COSC 1300 or any higher level COSC course will meet the core curriculum and/or Associate in Arts or Associate in Sciences requirement. This course will fulfill DCCCD's degree requirements only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1101015107

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COSC 1309 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC, CVC, ECC.

Programming Methodology and Logic Design
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Introduction to problem solving in computer science. Topics include software theory, structured programming methodology, representation of algorithms using pseudocode and graphical tools, and methods for testing, evaluation, and documentation. COSC 1309 or any higher level COSC course will meet the core curriculum and/or Associate in Arts or Associate in Sciences requirement. This course will fulfill DCCCD''s degree requirements only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 1 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015107


COSC 1401 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC.

Microcomputer Concepts and Applications
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Developmental Reading 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Course Description: This course introduces the use of computers in business organizations, professional activities and personal life. Topics include terminology, hardware and software, applications and systems development, networking and the use of contemporary software. COSC 1401 or any higher level COSC course will meet the core curriculum and/or Associate in Arts or Associate in Sciences requirement. This course will fulfill DCCCD's degree requirements only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1101015207


COSC 1415 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, NLC, RLC.

Introduction to Computer Science and Programming
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: This introductory course is designed to meet the requirements for a four-year degree with a major or minor in computer science, mathematics, or a scientific field. This course focuses on problem-solving using modular design techniques implemented with a structured programming language. This course may use instructional examples and assignments from various programming languages, including but not limited to C, C++, C#, and/or Java. COSC 1415 or any higher level COSC course will meet the core curriculum and/or Associate in Arts or Associate in Sciences requirement. This course will fulfill DCCCD's degree requirements only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015207


COSC 1430 (4 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC.

Programming I
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Computer Science 1315 or Computer Science 1415 or equivalent.
Course Description: Introduction to computer programming in an emerging or alternative programming language. Fundamentals of structured design, development, testing, implementation, and documentation are emphasized. Topics include language syntax, control structures, and program execution logic. COSC 1430 or any higher level COSC course will meet the core curriculum and/or Associate in Arts or Associate in Sciences requirement. This course will fulfill DCCCD's degree requirements only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015207


COSC 1436 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC.

Programming Fundamentals I
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: 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 may use instructional examples and assignments from various programming languages, including but not limited to C, C++, C#, and/or Java. COSC 1436 or any higher level COSC course will meet the core curriculum and/or Associate in Arts or Associate in Sciences requirement. This course will fulfill DCCCD''s degree requirements only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015507


COSC 1437 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC.

Programming Fundamentals II
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Computer Science 1436 and college-level algebra or higher.
Course Description: 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. This course may use instructional examples and assignments from various programming languages, including but not limited to C, C++, C#, and/or Java. COSC 1437 or any higher level COSC course will meet the core curriculum and/or Associate in Arts or Associate in Sciences requirement. This course will fulfill DCCCD's degree requirements only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015607


COSC 2415 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, RLC.

Advanced Computer Science and Programming
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Computer Science 1415 and Mathematics 1414 or demonstrated competence approved by the instructor.
Course Description: This course is a continuation of Computer Science 1415 and is designed to meet the requirements for a degree in computer science or a related field. Topics include structured problem-solving, elementary and advanced data structures, the use of pointer variables and references, and an introduction to object-oriented programming. This course may use instructional examples and assignments from various programming languages, including but not limited to C, C++, C#, and/or Java. COSC 2415 or any higher level COSC course will meet the core curriculum and/or Associate in Arts or Associate in Sciences requirement. This course will fulfill DCCCD's degree requirements only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015307


COSC 2425 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, MVC, NLC, RLC.

Computer Organization and Machine Language
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Computer Science 1436 or demonstrated competence approved by the instructor.
Course Description: Basic computer organization; instruction cycle; digital representation of data and instructions; assembly language programming, assembler, macros, subroutines, and program linkages. COSC 2425 or any higher level COSC course will meet the core curriculum and/or Associate in Arts or Associate in Sciences requirement. This course will fulfill DCCCD's degree requirements only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015407


COSC 2430 (4 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, MVC.

Programming II
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Computer Science 1430 or demonstrated competence approved by the instructor.
Course Description: This course is a continuation of Computer Science 1430 and covers advanced features and programming techniques of the language under study. COSC 2430 or any higher level COSC course will meet the core curriculum and/or Associate in Arts or Associate in Sciences requirement. This course will fulfill DCCCD's degree requirements only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015307


COSC 2436 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC.

Programming Fundamentals III
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Computer Science 1437.
Course Description: Further applications of programming techniques, introducing the fundamental concepts of data structures and algorithms. Topics include recursion, fundamental data structures (including stacks, queues, linked lists, hash tables, trees, and graphs), and algorithmic analysis. This course may use instructional examples and assignments from various programming languages, including but not limited to C, C++, C#, and/or Java. COSC 2436 or any higher level COSC course will meet the core curriculum and/or Associate in Arts or Associate in Sciences requirement. This course will fulfill DCCCD's degree requirements only if this course has been successfully completed and the date of completion does not exceed 10 years. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1102015707



Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four year colleges and universities.


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