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Computer Science &
Management Information Systems

UT Austin's Computer Sciences (CS) curriculum is devoted to computer theory and design. By contrast, the Management Information Systems (MIS) curriculum emphasizes the application and use of computer systems in business and organizational settings.

At other institutions these two disciplines may be combined in the same academic department or curriculum. Even at institutions with separate CS and MIS programs, subject matter and course content between the two disciplines may be distributed differently than at UT.

As a result, courses originally taken as “computer science” at other institutions may transfer as MIS rather than CS credit. This can be problematic for students in some UT degree plans (such as the Bachelor of Arts in the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences) where CS, but not MIS, counts toward mathematics/science requirements.

Generally:

  • End-user topics such as operating systems, application software (database, spreadsheet, word processing, visual presentation, etc.), and BASIC or COBOL languages transfer as MIS credit.

  • Theory-oriented topics such as computer architecture, assembly language, or data structures and C++, Java, PASCAL, or FORTRAN languages transfer as CS credit.

Students should be aware of these distinctions in order to select coursework which will transfer in the appropriate UT department.

In the Texas Common Course Numbering (TCCN) system used at community colleges, computing courses designed for university transfer are identified by the prefixes BCIS and COSC:

*may be offered at Texas community colleges in 3- or 4-semester hour versions
Business Computer Information Systems (BCIS)
courses offered at Texas comunity colleges
 
TCCN
course
standard title
(may vary among community colleges)
transfers
to UT as
BCIS 1301
BCIS 1401
Microcomputer Applications *
(cross-listed as COSC 1301 & 1401)
MIS 3 hrs
MIS 4 hrs
BCIS 1305
BCIS 1405
Business Computer Applications * MIS 310
MIS 410
BCIS 1310 BASIC Programming MIS 3 hrs
BCIS 1311 FORTRAN Programming C S 3 hrs
BCIS 1312 PASCAL Programming C S 3 hrs
BCIS 1316
BCIS 1416
Introduction to Computer Programming Using BASIC * MIS 3 hrs
MIS 4 hrs
BCIS 2316
BCIS 2416
Advanced Structured Programming Techniques Using BASIC * MIS 3 hrs
MIS 4 hrs
BCIS 1320
BCIS 1420
“C” Programming I *
(cross-listed as COSC 1320 & 1420)
C S 3 hrs
C S 4 hrs
BCIS 2320
BCIS 2420
“C” Programming II *
(cross-listed as COSC 2320 & 2420)
C S 3 hrs
C S 4 hrs
BCIS 1331
BCIS 1431
BASIC Programming I * MIS 3 hrs
MIS 4 hrs
BCIS 2331
BCIS 2431
BASIC Programming II * MIS 3 hrs
MIS 4 hrs
BCIS 1332
BCIS 1432
COBOL Programming I * MIS 3 hrs
MIS 4 hrs
BCIS 2332
BCIS 2432
COBOL Programming II * MIS 3 hrs
MIS 4 hrs
BCIS 2390 Systems Analysis & Design MIS 3 hrs

*may be offered at Texas community colleges in 3- or 4-semester hour versions
Computer Science (COSC)
courses offered at Texas comunity colleges
 
TCCN
course
standard title
(may vary among community colleges)
transfers
to UT as
COSC 1300
COSC 1400
Introduction to Computing * MIS 3 hrs
MIS 4 hrs
COSC 1301
COSC 1401
Microcomputer Applications *
(cross-listed as BCIS 1301 & 1401)
MIS 3 hrs
MIS 4 hrs
COSC 1309 Logic Design C S 3 hrs
COSC 1315
COSC 1415
Fundamentals of Programming * MIS 3 hrs
MIS 4 hrs
COSC 1317
COSC 1417
FORTRAN Programming I * C S 3 hrs
C S 4 hrs
COSC 2317
COSC 2417
FORTRAN Programming II * C S 3 hrs
C S 4 hrs
COSC 1318
COSC 1418
PASCAL Programming I * C S 3 hrs
C S 4 hrs
COSC 2318
COSC 2418
PASCAL Programming II * C S 3 hrs
C S 4 hrs
COSC 1319
COSC 1419
Assembly Language Programming I * C S 3 hrs
C S 4 hrs
COSC 2319
COSC 2419
Assembly Language Programming II * C S 3 hrs
C S 4 hrs
COSC 1320
COSC 1420
“C” Programming I *
(cross-listed as BCIS 1320 & 1420)
C S 3 hrs
C S 4 hrs
COSC 2320
COSC 2420
“C” Programming II *
(cross-listed as BCIS 2320 & 2420)
C S 3 hrs
C S 4 hrs
COSC 1330
COSC 1430
Computer Programming * MIS 3 hrs
MIS 4 hrs
COSC 1333
COSC 1433
PL/1 Programming I * C S 3 hrs
C S 4 hrs
COSC 2333
COSC 2433
PL/1 Programming II * C S 3 hrs
C S 4 hrs
COSC 1336
COSC 1436
Programming Fundamentals I * C S 3 hrs
C S 4 hrs
COSC 1337
COSC 1437
Programming Fundamentals II * C S 305J
C S 405J
COSC 2336
COSC 2436
Programming Fundamentals III * C S 307
C S 407
COSC 2315
COSC 2415
Data Structures * C S 3 hrs
C S 4 hrs
COSC 2325
COSC 2425
Computer Organization & Machine Language * C S 3 hrs
C S 4 hrs
COSC 2330
COSC 2430
Advanced Structured Languages * C S 3 hrs
C S 4 hrs

Other Transfer Issues

More Transfer Credit Info

  • Our Transfer Guides for Austin Community College and other Texas community colleges recommend coursework prospective transfer students should take to apply toward specific UT Austin degree plans.
  • The Automated Transfer Equivalency (ATE) system provides interactive access to our database of more than 250,000 transfer credit evaluations for current and past courses at universities and community colleges throughout Texas.
  • The Interactive Degree Audit (IDA) system enables prospective transfer students and UT students studying away from UT to estimate the degree applicability of coursework taken at other institutions.
  • UT Austin's transfer credit policies are published in the General Information catalog.
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