UHV Catalog 2007-2008

School of Arts and Sciences

School of Arts and Sciences
University West, Suite Room 208
3007 N. Ben Wilson, Victoria, Texas 77901-5731
Telephone: 361-570-4201        FAX: 361-570-4207
Toll free: 877-970-4848 ext. 201
Email: artssciences@uhv.edu

The School of Arts and Sciences seeks to provide high quality academic programs that serve the educational needs and offer lifelong learning opportunities primarily for those in the regions served by UH-Victoria and its off-campus sites. Research and service are also important parts of this school's commitment to providing quality and excellence in education.

The School of Arts and Sciences offers a variety of bachelor's and master's degree programs designed to serve different student needs. These degree programs provide the knowledge and skills students need to enter the workforce, make career transitions, advance in their chosen fields, or continue on to graduate school. In addition, students who want simply to improve basic skills, explore new interests, or enrich their understanding of the background and values of their culture can select from numerous courses in the school to enhance their education.

The School of Arts and Sciences strives to meet these commitments and continuously improve its offerings by:

Hiring and retaining highly qualified faculty who stay abreast in their field through research and professional development.

Providing students with access to advisors who help them design programs of study to meet their individual needs and goals.

Emphasizing the ethical values, conceptual knowledge, global and multicultural understanding, analytical skills, technical skills, and communication skills needed in the specific fields of study.

Assessing and revising programs and course offerings to ensure quality and to keep current with and anticipate changes in workforce, educational, and social needs.

Offering students hands-on learning opportunities such as internships, practica, laboratories, and class project collaborations with local organizations.

Ensuring that educational opportunities in the community are available and accessible through a variety of efforts including distance learning, off-campus sites, and weekend course offerings.

Participating in service and outreach activities that contribute to the educational enhancement of the students, school, university, system, the professions, and community served by UH-Victoria.

Plans and Degrees Offered

The programs of the School of Arts and Sciences consist of the following plans and academic concentrations within each plan as depicted in the following table.

Secondary Teacher Certificate:
Students seeking secondary teacher certification in mathematics, computer science, English, history, or composite science should refer to the certification requirements listed in the School of Education and Human Development section of this catalog.

School of Arts and Sciences, Plans and Degrees Offered:

PLAN

DEGREE

CONCENTRATIONS

Applied Arts and Sciences

B.A.A.S.

 

Biology

B.S.

 

Communication

B.A. / B. S.

 

Computer Information Systems

M.S.

 

Computer Science

B.S.

Computer Science
Digital Gaming and Simulation
Information Systems

Criminal Justice

B.S.

 

Humanities

B.A.

English
History

Interdisciplinary Studies

M.A.I.S.

 

Mathematical Sciences

B.A. / B.S.

Mathematics

Psychology

B.A. / B.S.

 

 

M.A.

Counseling Psychology
School Psychology

Academic Minors

Policy: Several areas in the School of Arts and Sciences offer minors. Students may earn a minor by satisfying the following requirements:

Students must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of work in the minor field. Some minors may include additional coursework, not to exceed 21 semester hours.

Students must complete any prerequisites required by the program offering the minor.

At least 12 semester hours must be upper division courses, although individual minors may require more hours at the upper level.

At least nine of the 12 upper division hours must be taken with UHV.

Students must earn a 2.00 minimum cumulative grade point average on courses attempted in the minor.

The minor field must be different from the plan.

No credit hours may be used to satisfy both plan and minor requirements.

Students must complete all coursework required for a minor in addition to all courses for the degree prior to graduation.

Minors are not available for students in the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree or in any undergraduate program leading to secondary school certification.

Students should inform their academic advisors or the degree plan counselor when they begin their degree plan that they plan to complete a minor so that appropriate coursework can be completed.

Academic Minor Requirements

BIOLOGY - 17 hrs.

  • Students must complete a minimum of 17 semester credit hours in biology in addition to biology courses taken to satisfy core curricular requirements.
  • At least 14 of these hours must be taken at UHV.
  • BIO 4337 Cell & Molecular Biology, or BIO 3320 Human Genetics, or BIO 4313 Genetics is required - 3 hours.
  • At least one biology laboratory course is required - 2 hours.

COMMUNICATION-15 hrs.

Students must complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in communication in addition to any communication courses taken to satisfy plan requirements.

At least 12 of these hours must be taken at UHV.

COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS-21 hrs.

Lower Division: 3 hours of C/C++ and 3 hours selected from Advanced C/C++, Pascal, Ada, Java, or Visual Basic (Advanced C/C++ or Visual Basic highly recommended)-6 hours *
*Beginning in Fall 2003, students who have not yet completed their lower division computer programming courses should take the new courses COSC 1436 and COSC 1437 instead.

ISC 3317, 3331, 3333, and 3315 are required. Students who test out of ISC 3317 will take an advanced computer information systems course in its place.-12 hours

3 hours in an upper-level ISC course excluding 4305-3 hours

COMPUTER SCIENCE-21 hrs.

Lower Division: 3 hours of C/C++ and 3 hours selected from Advanced C/C++, Pascal, Ada, Java, or FORTRAN (Advanced C/C++ highly recommended)-
6 hours *

*Beginning in Fall 2003, students who have not yet completed their lower division computer programming courses should take the new courses COSC 1436 and COSC 1437 instead.

ISC 3317, 3331, 3333, and 3332 are required. Students who test out of ISC 3317 will take an advanced computer science course in its place.-12 hours

3 hours in an upper-level ISC course excluding 3325 and 4305-3 hours

CRIMINAL JUSTICE-15 hrs.

Students must complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in criminal justice in order to receive a minor in criminal justice.

At least 12 of these hours must be taken at UHV.

ENGLISH-15 hrs.

Students must complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in English in addition to any English courses taken to satisfy plan requirements.

At least 12 of these hours must be taken at UHV.

HISTORY-15 hrs.

Students must complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in history in addition to any history courses taken to satisfy plan requirements.

At least 12 of these hours must be taken at UHV.

MATHEMATICS-21 hrs.

Lower Division: Calculus I, Calculus II are required-6 hours

MAS 3391, 3361, 4310, and 4311 are required-12 hours

3 hours of upper-level course work in math are required; no independent study allowed-3 hours

NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP - 15 hrs.

Students must complete the following 5 courses:

  • NPL 4312 Public Policy and Quality of Life
  • NPL 4340 Principles of Nonprofit Leadership and Management
  • NPL 4360 Finance, Development, and Fund-Raising
  • COM 4314 Intercultural Communication
  • ISC 3325 Information Systems in Organizations

PSYCHOLOGY-15 hrs.

Students must complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours of psychology in addition to any psychology courses taken to satisfy plan requirements.

At least 12 of these hours must be taken at UHV.

Degree Requirements for the
Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.)

Students first entering college in Fall 1999 or after should see section on “New Core Curriculum” under
“General Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.”

Satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements for students entering college in Fall 1999 or after. See “General Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.” (It may be necessary for students in this program to obtain additional English, history, or government courses from community colleges in order to meet UH-Victoria's requirement.)

General Requirements:

  1. Lower Division - 24-44 vocational/technical courses; 3 semester hours of speech and satisfy computer literacy/proficiency requirement. Transfer note: Only vocational/technical courses taken at regionally accredited institutions will be accepted.
  2. Upper Division - 16 semester hours; ENG 3430 Professional Writing; COM 3325 Advanced Professional Speaking; COM 4314 Intercultural Communication; HUM 4322 Ethics; NPL 4340 Principles of Nonprofit Leadership and Management.
  3. Concentration/Specialization - 15-21 semester hours chosen from one of the following alternatives:
    1. Biology: 17 semester hours of upper division biology courses by advisement, with at least 2 semester hours of laboratory coursework. Biology concentrators should take General Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology or General Chemistry as their lower division natural science courses in the core curriculum.
    2. Biotechnology: 17 semester hours of upper division biology. Six of these hours are to include at least two upper level biology core courses. The first course is to be chosen from BIO 4337 Cell & Molecular Biology, BIO 3320 Human Genetics, and BIO 4313 Genetics. The second course is to be chosen from BIO 4300 Biotechnology & Bioinformatics and BIO 4325 Introduction to Forensics. In addition, students are to take at least two 2-hour lab courses. At least one of these lab courses is to be taken in a face-to-face format and is to be chosen from BIO 4247 Cell & Molecular Genetics Lab, BIO 4210 Laboratory for Biochemistry and Biotechnology, or a similar course by advisement
    3. Communication: 18 semester hours of upper division communication courses by advisement.
    4. Computer Information Systems: 21 semester hours of upper division computer science courses by advisement.
    5. Digital Gaming and Simulation. See separate listing of requirements below.
    6. General Business: 15 semester hours of business courses from at least 2 of the following areas: International Business (IBS), Management (MGT), Marketing (MKT). No more than 9 hours may be taken in any one area. All 15 semester hours must be designated as upper division courses. At least 9 hours must be taken from the University of Houston-Victoria.
    7. Leadership and Enterprise Studies: 15 semester hours of upper division leadership and enterprise studies courses by advisement.
    8. Legal Assistance and Administration: CJS 3316 Ethics of Social Control, or MGT 3312 Legal Environment of Business, and 15 semester hours from one of the following groups of courses. Students must take at least 3 semester hours from each group.
      • Group 1- Management Courses - MGT 4311 Human Resources Management; MGT 4312 Staffing; MGT 4313 Compensation; MGT 4315 Contemporary Issues in Management; MGT 4300 Selected Topics in Management (by advisement).
      • Group 2 - Criminal Justice - CJS 3321 American Court Systems; CJS 4312 Alternatives to Incarceration; CJS 4313 Juvenile Justice System; CJS 4318 Victimology; CJS 4321 Policing in a Democratic Society.
    9. Marketing: MKT 3311 Principles of Marketing, 12 semester hours of upper division marketing courses by advisement. At least 9 hours must be taken from the University of Houston-Victoria.
    10. Psychology: PSY 4311 Abnormal Psychology; PSY 4320 Principles of Learning; PSY 4314 History and Systems; and 9 semester hours of upper division courses by advisement.
  4. Additional electives to complete minimum degree requirements of 122 semester hours and 40 upper division semester hours.

Note: The total of lower and upper division coursework in accounting, economics, finance, international business, management, marketing, quantitative management science or any other business discipline (e.g., business law) credited on the degree plan may not exceed 24 semester hours (i.e., 20% of the minimum BAAS degree requirements of 122 semester hours). In addition, a student may not take more than 15 upper division hours in all business disciplines. Students with more than 9 hours of lower division business or business technology courses may not choose General Business or Marketing as their concentration.

These requirements are summarized in the following table:

Applied Arts and Sciences Plan
(Except for Digital Gaming and Simulation Concentration)

I. CORE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS (42 total core hours required).
II. PLAN PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS LD LD/UD UD TOTAL
A. General
ENG 3430 Professional Writing     4 4
Computer Literacy / Proficiency 3     3
SPCH 3     3
COM 3325 Advanced Professional Speaking     3 3
COM 4314 Intercultural Communication     3 3
HUM 4322 Ethics     3 3
NPL 4340 Principles of NPL and Management     3 3
B. Concentration / Specialization
1. Specialization (Vocational-Technical) 24-44     24-44
2. Concentration     15-21 15-21
III. ELECTIVES   0-6   0-6
*TOTAL       122

 *Total must be minimum of 122 semester hours with minimum of 40 s.h. at upper division levels.

BAAS -- Concentration in Digital Gaming & Simulation Curriculum

  1. CORE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENT 42 S.H.
    • ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302
    • HIST 1301, HIST 1302
    • GOVT 2301, GOVT 2302
    • Science: 6 s.h. ISC 3331 Data Structures & Algorithms I and ISC 3333 Data Structures & Algorithms II
    • Mathematics: 3 s.h. Mathematics for Gaming (Lower Division)
    • Social/Behavioral Sciences: 3 s.h. PSY, COM or CJS
    • Visual/Performing Arts: 3 s.h.
    • Literature: 3 s.h. ENG/COM 4327 Interactive Narrative
    • SPCH: COM 4326 Digital Games as Communication
    • Computer Lit/Prof.: Sufficient preparation to pass the UHV programming proficiency exam in object oriented programming in Java or C++; or take ISC 3317.
  2. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
    • A&S General Requirements 22 s.h.
      • COM 3325 Advanced Professional Speaking
      • COM 4314 Intercultural Communication
      • ENG 3430 Professional Writing
      • HUM 4322 Ethics
      • ISC 4321 IT Project Management
      • MAS 3361 Linear Algebra
      • MAS 3362 Discrete Structures
    • AAS Lower Division Specialization 24-44 s.h.
    • LD Vocational or Technical Credits - should include the following: (15 s.h.)
      • Finite Math
      • Direct X Programming
      • Digital Imaging
      • 3D Modeling
      • 2D Animation
    • AAS Upper Division Specialization 21 s.h.
      • ISC 4339 Telecommunications and Networking
      • ISC 4322 Artificial Intelligence
      • GAM 4310 Advanced Game Programming using DirectX
      • GAM 4322 Game AI and Behavioral Modeling
      • GAM 4312 Game Engines
      • GAM 4314 Gaming Networks Architecture
      • GAM 4340 Senior Project.
  3. FREE ELECTIVES 0-7 S.H.
    • Must be taken from GAM or ISC courses.
    • Must meet minimum requirements: 120 s.h. overall,
    • 40 s.h. upper division, of which last 30 s.h. must be completed at UHV
    • Suggested Electives (as needed, to make 40 upper division s.h.):
      • GAM 4305 Game Internship
      • GAM 4316 Art for Gaming (not recommended for students who have taken as part of LD coursework: ARTC 1341, ARTC 2341 and GAM 2373)
      • GAM 3310 3D Modeling
      • GAM 4318 Multimedia Animation
      • ISC 4337 Operating Systems
      • ISC 3347 Computer Graphics and Applications
      • ISC 4341 Internet Computing
      • ISC 4320 Software Engineering

These requirements are summarized in the following table:

Applied Arts and Sciences Plan
For Digital Gaming and Simulation Concentration

I. CORE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS (42 total core hours required).
II. PLAN PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS LD LD/UD UD TOTAL
A. General
ENG 3430 Professional Writing     4 4
Computer Literacy / Proficiency (see above) 3     3
COM 4326 Digital Games as Communication     3 3
COM 3325 Advanced Professional Speaking     3 3
COM 4314 Intercultural Communication     3 3
HUM 4322 Ethics     3 3
ISC 4321 IT Project Management     3 3
B. Concentration / Specialization
1. Specialization (Vocational-Technical) 24-44     24-44
2. Concentration     15-21 15-21
III. ELECTIVES   0-7   0-7
*TOTAL       120
 

Degree Requirements for the
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The following requirements apply to all candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science. The Bachelor of Arts option is available to those who choose plans in Communication, Humanities, Mathematical Sciences, or Psychology. The Bachelor of Science option is available to those who choose plans in Biology, Communication, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Mathematical Sciences or Psychology.

  1. Satisfy all university requirements for a bachelor's degree as found in the “UNIVERSITY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS” section of this catalog.
  2. Satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements for students entering college in Fall 1999 or after.
  3. Satisfy the requirements for either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science, as follows:
    1. Bachelor of Arts
      1. Lower or Upper Division: Foreign Language/ Linguistics: 6 semester hours at the sophomore level in one foreign language or 3 semester hours at the sophomore level and 3 semester hours in linguistics. Students submitting an acceptable score on a standard foreign language proficiency test approved by the School of Arts and Sciences may substitute 6 semester hours of electives.
    2. Bachelor of Science
      1. Lower Division: Natural Sciences: 11 semester hours in natural sciences, at least 8 semester hours of which must be in laboratory courses. Natural sciences include biology, biophysical sciences, chemistry, geology, and physics.
  4. Satisfy course requirements for the plan: At least 24 semester hours in one plan of which at least 18 semester hours must be advanced.

Requirements for Specific Plans

Biology (B.S.)
Students first entering college in Fall 1999 or after should see section on “New Core Curriculum” under “General Requirements for a Bachelors Degree.”

  1. Satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements for students entering college in Fall 1999 or after. See “General Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.”
  2. Satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Science.
  3. General requirements:
  4. bullet Lower Division - 3 semester hours of speech and satisfy computer literacy/proficiency requirement; BIOL 1406 and BIOL 1407 General Biology for Science Majors; BIOL 2420 Elementary Microbiology; CHEM 1407 Introductory Biochemistry; CHEM 1411 and CHEM 1412 General Inorganic Chemistry; PHYS 1401 General Physics; and MATH 2312 Precalculus.
    bullet Upper Division - ENG 3430 Professional Writing; MAS 3391 Probability and Statistics.
    bullet Concentration -
    • Lower Division - CHEM 2323 Organic Chemistry I
    • Lower Division or Upper Division - BIO 4310 Biochemistry and BIO 4210 Laboratory for Biochemistry, or CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry II with Lab.
    • Upper Division - BIO 4313 Genetics or BIO 3320 Human Genetics; BIO 4320 Embryology, or BIO 3330 Histology and BIO 3230 Laboratory for Immunohistochemistry; BIO 4333 Comparative Animal Physiology, or BIO 3323 Comparative Anatomy; BIO 3326 Plant Biology and BIO 3226 Lab for Plant Biotechnology, or BIO 4390 Phytochemicals and Human Health; BIO 4337 Cell & Molecular Biology and BIO 4237 Lab for Cell & Molecular Genetics, or BIO 4335 Ecology and BIO 4235 Lab for Ecotoxicology; BIO 3340 Animal Behavior, or BIO 3342 Social Biology; BIO 4103 Biology Seminar or BIO 4102 Independent Research in Biology.
  5. Students must take a minimum of 4 semester hours of upper division laboratory: 2 s.h. must be BIO 4237 or BIO 4210.
  6. Free electives - Enough electives to fulfill the 122 semester hour requirement and the 54 semester hours of upper division courses.
These requirements are summarized in the following table:

Biology Plan

I.  CORE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS (42 total core hours required).
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS LD LD/UD UD TOTAL
A. General
ENG 3430 Professional Writing       4
Computer Literacy / Proficiency 3     3
SPCH 3     3
BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors 4     4
BIOL 1407 Biology for Science Majors 4     4
BIOL 2420 Elementary Microbiology 4     4
CHEM 1411 General Inorganic Chemistry 4     4
CHEM 1412 General Inorganic Chemistry 4     4
PHYS 1401 General Physics 4     4
CHEM 1407 Introductory Biochemistry 4     4
MATH 2312 Precalculus 3     3
MAS 3391 Probability and Statistics     3 3
B. Concentration
CHEM 2323 Organic Chemistry I 3     3
BIO 4310 Biochemistry
  and BIO 4210 Lab for Biochemistry*
  Or CHEM 2325 Organic Chemistry II with Lab
  3-5   3-5
BIO 3320 Human Genetics or BIO 4313 Genetics     3 3
BIO 4320 Embryology
  Or BIO 3330 Histology
       and BIO 3230 Lab for Immunohistochemistry
    3-5 3-5
BIO 4333 Comparative Animal Physiology
  Or BIO 3323 Comparative Anatomy
    3 3
BIO 3326 Plant Biology
  And BIO 3226 Lab for Plant Biotechnology*
         Or BIO 4390 Phytochemicals & Human Health
    3-5 3-5
BIO 4337 Cell & Molecular Biology
  And BIO 4237 Lab for Cell & Molecular Genetics*
  Or BIO 4335 Ecology
      and BIO 4235 Lab for Ecotoxicology*
    3-5 3-5
BIO 3340 Animal Behavior
  Or BIO 3342 Social Biology
    3-5 3-5
BIO 4103 Biology Seminar
  Or BIO4102 Independent Research in Biology
    1 1
III. FREE ELECTIVES- Additional upper division hours to satisfy the 122 minimum requirement of hours on the degree plan and the 54 hour minimum of upper division hours.
**TOTAL       122

 * Students must complete a minimum of 4 semester hours of upper division laboratory, two of which must be BIO 4237 or BIO 4210. Recommended minimum of 6 semesters of UD lab for students interested in science professions.
** Total must be minimum of 122 s.h. with minimum of 54 s.h. at upper division level.

Premedical and Predental Program

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and courses taught at the University of Houston-Victoria fulfill the admissions requirements for most medical and dental schools in the United States and its protectorates.

Premedical and predental students are advised that most medical schools require the following courses; however, students are responsible for determining the specific requirements of those medical schools selected for application. A majority of this course work needs to be completed at the lower division.

General Chemistry One year with laboratory
Organic Chemistry One year with laboratory
General Physics One year with laboratory
Calculus One-half year
Biology Two years, one with laboratory
 

Furthermore, students need to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) or the Dental School Admissions Test (DAT) to fulfill admission requirements of most medical and dental schools. These tests are usually taken at the end of the junior year of college. To prepare for these exams, students will also need to take upper division biology courses such as Genetics, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Human Physiology and Anatomy. These courses, although not always specified by professional schools, are recommended by the Pre-Professional (Premedical, Predental) Advisor at UHV.

Most professional colleges require the completion of a bachelor's degree and a high GPA to obtain admission. Some schools will admit exceptionally well-qualified students with high grades and MCAT/DAT scores before they complete a bachelor's degree.

UHV has an established Pre-medical/Predental advisory board to support and provide advice to applicants. Letters of recommendation from the Pre-Professional (Premedical, Predental) Advisor/board can be provided only for students who have fulfilled the above requirements and completed at least 3 upper division courses at UHV including the core courses for a BS in Biology. The recommendations will require above average grades and close interaction with the Pre-Professional (Premedical, Predental) Advisor, and board.

Communication (B.A. or B.S.)

Students first entering college in Fall 1999 or after should see section on “New Core Curriculum” under “General Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.”

  1. Satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements for students entering college in Fall 1999 or after. See “General Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.”
  2. Satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree.
  3. General requirements:

    Lower Division or Upper Division - 3 semester hours of speech and satisfy computer literacy/proficiency requirement.

    Upper Division - ENG 3430 Professional Writing; PSY 4318 Research Methods for the Social Sciences or MKT 4311 Buyer Behavior or NPL 4312 Public Policy and Quality of Life; PSY 3315 Statistics for the Social Sciences; ENG 3312 Grammar and Rhetoric; 9 semester hours of HUM, HIS, or ENG courses; ENG 3310 Introduction to the Study of Language (B.S. option only).

  4. Concentration/Specialization: 24 semester hours, including COM 3318 Communication and Public Culture; COM 4314 Intercultural Communication; COM 4318 Mass Media Communication; and 18 semester hours, which can include up to 3 semester hours of lower division communication or speech classes.
  5. Free electives - Enough electives to fulfill the 122 semester hour requirement and the 54 semester hours of upper division courses.

These requirements are summarized in the following table:

Communication Plan

I.  CORE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS (42 total core hours required).
II.  PLAN PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS LD LD/UD UD TOTAL
A. General
ENG 3430 Professional Writing     4 4
ENG 3310 Intro. to the Study of Language (B.S. Option Only)     3 3
Computer Literacy / Proficiency 3     3
SPCH 3     3
ENG 3312 Grammar and Rhetoric     3 3
PSY 4318 Research Methods for the Social Sciences
     Or MKT 4311 Buyer Behavior
     Or NPL 4312 Public Policy and Quality of Life
    3 3
PSY 3315 Statistics for Social Sciences 3     3
Natural Science with Lab (for B.S. option) 4     4

Foreign Language (for B.A. option) (6 s.h. in same foreign language or 3 s.h. in sophomore-level foreign language and 3 s.h. in linguistics.)

  6   6
Nine s.h. UD HUM/HIS/ENG     9 9
B. Concentration / Specialization (24 s.h.)
COM 3318 Communication and Public Culture     3 3
COM 4314 Intercultural Communication     3 3
COM 4318 Mass Media Communication     3 3
COM elective (LD/UD)   0-3   0-3
COM electives (UD)     12-15 12-15
III. FREE ELECTIVES- Additional upper division hours to satisfy the 122 minimum requirement of hours on the degree plan and the 54 hour minimum of upper division hours.
*TOTAL       *122

 *Total must be minimum of 122 s.h. with minimum of 54 s.h. at upper division level.

Computer Science (B.S.)

Students first entering college in Fall 1999 or after should see section on “New Core Curriculum” under “General Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.”

The Computer Science program offers a choice of three concentrations:
(a) Computer Science, (b) Information Systems, (c) Digital Gaming & Simulation.

  1. Satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements for students entering college in Fall 1999 or after. See “General Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.”
  2. Satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Science.
  3. General Requirements:
    • Lower Division - 3 semester hours of speech; natural sciences with lab (for a total of 11 semester hours of natural sciences).
    • Upper Division - ENG 3430 Professional Writing; ISC 3317 Object Oriented Programming and Design*; ISC 3331 Data Structures and Algorithms I; ISC 3333 Data Structures and Algorithms II; ISC 4339 Telecommunication and Networks; MAS 3362 Discrete Structures(*Students may test out of ISC 3317 by passing the UHV programming proficiency exam in object oriented programming in Java or C++; in this case they will take an advanced course in their concentration to achieve the minimum 54 upper division hours.)
  4. Concentration
    1. Computer Science
      • General requirements: Lower Division -- 6 semester hours of calculus; COSC 1436 and COSC 1437.
      • Concentration requirements: Upper Division- ISC 4320 Software Engineering; ISC 4336 Database Systems; ISC 4337 Operating Systems; ISC 4350 Information Security, Privacy and Ethics; ISC 3332 Computer Organization and Architecture; ISC 4331 Structure of Programming Languages; MAS 3391 Probability and Statistics; 9 semester hours computer science or mathematics courses by advisement (excluding ISC 3325, and 4305).
         
    2. Information Systems
      • General Requirements: Lower Division-MATH 1324 Finite Math; MATH 1325 Business Calculus; COSC 1436, COSC 1437, and one of the courses COSC 2436 / ITSE 1331 / ITSE 1431.
      • Concentration requirements:
        Lower Division - ACCT 2301 or 2401 Accounting Theory I; or ACCT 2302 or 2402 Accounting Theory II.
        Upper Division - ISC 3315 Application Design Using GUI and Database; ISC 3325 Information Systems in Organizations; ISC 4321 Software Project Management; ISC 4320 Software Engineering; ISC 4336 Database Systems; ISC 4337 Operating Systems; ISC 4350 Information Security, Privacy and Ethics; MGT 3311 Principles of Management; MKT 3311 Principles of Marketing; MAS 3391 Probability and Statistics; 6 upper division semester hours by advisement in computer science/information systems (excluding ISC 4305).
         
    3. Digital Gaming & Simulation
      • In the University core curriculum requirements, the following courses are recommended:
        • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credits - GAM 4320 Digital Games as Communication
        • Literature 3 credits - ENG/COM 4327 Interactive Narrative
        • Science - 11 credits: PHYS 1401 and 1402 General College Physics recommended for 8 semester hours of this core requirement.
      • General Requirements:
        • Lower Division - MATH 1324 Finite Math
        • Lower or Upper Division - Programming Proficiency in C++ and OOP; be able to pass the UHV programming proficiency exam in object oriented programming in Java or C++; or take ISC 3317.
      • Concentration requirements:
        • Lower Division - Math for Game Programmers; DirectX Programming.
        • Upper Division - 30 credits: MAS 3361 Linear Algebra; ISC 4321 IT Project Management; ISC 4322 Artificial Intelligence; GAM 4310 Advanced Game Programming using DirectX; GAM 4322 Game AI and Behavioral Modeling; GAM 4312 Game Engines; ISC 4314 Gaming Networks Architecture; GAM 4340 Senior Project; 6 s.h. from the following list: GAM 4305 Game Internship, GAM 4316 Art for Gaming (not recommended for students who have taken as part of LD coursework: ARTC 1341, ARTC 2341 and GAM 2373), GAM 3310 3D Modeling, GAM 4318 Multimedia Animation, ISC 4337 Operating Systems, ISC 3347 Computer Graphics and Applications, ISC 4341 Internet Computing, ISC 4320 Software Engineering, COM 4325 Virtual Worlds, COM 4316 Visual Communication.
  5. Free electives - Enough electives to fulfill the 122 semester hour requirement and the 54 semester hours of upper division courses.
  6. Students must earn a grade of C or better in any computer science or math course to fill prerequisite requirements.
  7. Students may not transfer any course in computer science or math with a grade of D or F.

These requirements are summarized in the following table:

Computer Science Plan

I.  CORE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS (42 total core hours required).
II.  PLAN PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS LD LD/UD UD TOTAL
A. General
ENG 3430 Professional Writing     4 4
SPCH 3     3
Natural Science with Lab 4     4
ISC 3317 Object Oriented Programming and Design#     3 3
ISC 3331 Data Structures and Algorithms I     3 3
ISC 3333 Data Structures and Algorithms II     3 3
ISC 4339 Telecommunication and Networks     3 3
MAS 3362 Discrete Structures     3 3
B. Concentration
1. Computer Science Concentration
a. Lower Division
Calculus 6     6
Programming: COSC 1436, COSC 1437 8     8
b. Upper Division
ISC 3332 Computer Organization and Architecture     3 3
ISC 4320 Software Engineering     3 3
ISC 4336 Database Systems     3 3
ISC 4337 Operating Systems     3 3
ISC 4331 Structure of Programming Languages     3 3
ISC 4350 Information Security, Privacy and Ethics     3 3
MAS 3391 Probability and Statistics     3 3
Electives (UD ISC or MAS excluding ISC 3325 and 4305)     9 9
2. Information Systems Concentration
a. Lower Division
MATH 1324 Finite Math 3     3
MATH 1325 Business Calculus 3     3
Programming: COSC 1436, COSC 1437, and one of
     the courses COSC 2436 / ITSE 1331 / ITSE 1431.
11-12     11-12
Accounting 6     6
b. Upper Division
ISC 3315 Application Design Using GUI and Database     3 3
ISC 3325 Information Systems in Organizations     3 3
ISC 4320 Software Engineering     3 3
ISC 4321 IT Project Management     3 3
ISC 4336 Database Systems     3 3
ISC 4337 Operating Systems     3 3
ISC 4350 Information Security, Privacy and Ethics     3 3
MGT 3311 Principles of Management     3 3
MKT 3311 Principles of Marketing     3 3
MAS 3391 Probability and Statistics     3 3
Electives (UD ISC excluding ISC 4305)     6 6
3. Digital Gaming & Simulation Concentration
a. Lower Division
MATH 1324 Finite Math 3     3
Math for Game Programmers 3     3
DirectX Programming 3     3
b. Upper Division
MAS 3361 Linear Algebra     3 3
ISC 4321 IT Project Management     3 3
ISC 4322 Artificial Intelligence     3 3
GAM 4310 Advanced Game Programming using DirectX     3 3
GAM 4322 Game AI and Behavioral Modeling     3 3
GAM 4312 Game Engines     3 3
ISC 4314 Gaming Networks Architecture     3 3
GAM 4340 Senior Project     3 3
Electives (UD from a designated list of GAM/ISC/ COM courses; see above)     6 6
III. FREE ELECTIVES (to fulfill hours' requirement)
*TOTAL       122**

* Total must be minimum of 122 s.h. with minimum of 54 s.h. at upper division level.
** Students seeking secondary certification may be required to take additional hours.
***Beginning in Fall 2003, students who have not yet completed their lower division computer programming courses should take the new courses COSC 1436 and COSC 1437 instead.
****Beginning in Fall 2003, students who have not yet completed their lower division computer programming courses should take the new courses COSC 1436; COSC 1437; and one of these courses: COSC 2436 / ITSE 1331 / ITSE 1431.
# Students may test out of ISC 3317 by passing the UHV programming proficiency exam in object oriented programming in Java or C++; in this case they will take an advanced course in their concentration to achieve the minimum 54 upper division hours.

Criminal Justice (B.S.)

Students first entering college in Fall 1999 or after should see section on “New Core Curriculum” under “General Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.”

Satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements for students entering college in Fall 1999 or after. See “General Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.”

Satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Science.

General Requirements: Lower or Upper Division (10 semester hours) 3 s.h. of speech; 3 s.h. of computer literacy; and 4 s.h. of natural science with a lab.

  1. Plan Requirements (26 upper division semester hours)
    ENG 3430 Professional Writing CJS 3310 Foundations of Criminal Justice
    CJS 3314 Criminal Justice Administration CJS 3316 Ethics of Social Control
    CJS 3318 Criminology CJS 3324 Research Methods in Criminal Justice I
    CJS 4320 Senior Seminar CJS 4424 Research Methods in Criminal Justice II

    Notes:

    1. No more than one grade below “C” in these 26 s.h. will be accepted toward graduation.
    2. CJS 3310 and CJS 3318 are gateway courses and must be taken within the first two semesters of upper level coursework.
    3. All requirements for CJS 4320 Senior Seminar, including the CJ Senior Exam, must be passed with a letter grade of “C” or better for a student to be certified for graduation. CJS 4320 must be taken at the University of Houston-Victoria.

  2. Plan Electives (15 upper division semester hours)
    1. Students transferring under the 2+2 agreement with articulated lower division coursework take 15 s.h. of upper division courses in Criminal Justice or Nonprofit Leadership.
    2. Students without 18-21 s.h. of lower division Criminal Justice courses take CJS 3321, CJS 4313, CJS 4321, and 6 s.h. of upper division Criminal Justice courses.
  3. Support Courses (6 upper division semester hours)
    1. 3 s.h. from PSY 4311, PSY 4312
    2. 3 s.h. from ANT 3311, COM 4314, HUM 4323, HUM 4324
  4. Free Electives. To satisfy 122 s.h. degree requirement and 54 s.h. upper division requirement.

These requirements are summarized in the following table:

Criminal Justice Plan

I.  CORE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS (42 total core hours required).
II.  PLAN PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS LD LD/UD UD TOTAL
A. General
ENG 3430 Professional Writing     4 4
Computer Literacy / Proficiency 3     3
Natural Science with Lab 4     4
SPCH 3     3
CJS 3310 Foundations of Criminal Justice     3 3
CJS 3314 Criminal Justice Administration     3 3
CJS 3316 Ethics of Social Control     3 3
CJS 3318 Criminology     3 3

CJS 3324 Research Methods in Criminal Justice I

    3 3
CJS 4320 Senior Seminar     3 3
CJS 4424 Research Methods in Criminal Justice II     4 4
B. Plan Electives (15 s.h. of Upper Division CJS courses)     15 15
C. Support Courses     6 6
III. FREE ELECTIVES (to fulfill hours requirements)
*TOTAL       122

*Total must be minimum of 122 s.h. with minimum of 54 s.h. at upper division level.

Humanities (B.A.)

Students first entering college in Fall 1999 or after should see section on “New Core Curriculum” under “General Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.”

  1. See “General Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.”
  2. Satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts.
  3. General Requirements:
    • Lower Division - 3 semester hours of speech and satisfy computer/literacy requirement; 6 semester hours in intermediate (sophomore) level courses in the same foreign language or 3 semester hours in (sophomore) foreign language and 3 semester hours in linguistics.
    • Upper Division - ENG 3430 Professional Writing; 9 semester hours in HUM period courses (HUM 4312, 4313, 4314, 4315 and 4317); 3 semester hours in any HUM, HIS, or ENG course; 3 semester hours in HUM 4324 Gender Studies or HUM 4323 Asian Culture.
  4. Concentration/Specialization -18 semester hours chosen from one of the following concentrations:
    bullet English:
    1. Literature: 18 semester hours, including ENG 3311 Shakespeare; ENG 3313 Poetry and Poetics; ENG 3316 Narrative Fiction; ENG 3312 Grammar and Rhetoric; 3 semester hours in a literary period; and 3 semester hours of ENG 3335 Studies in Ethnic Literature or ENG 3337 Studies in World Literature.
    2. Technical Communication: ENG 3342 Style and Editing in Workplace Writing, ENG 3340 Writing in the Workplace, ENG 3312 Grammar and Rhetoric, ENG 4340 Report Writing in the Workplace, and 6 semester hours to be chosen from the following: COM 4322 Public Relations Techniques, ENG 3322 Writing for the Print Media, ENG 3323 Writing for the Broadcast Media, and ENG 4324 Editing for the Media.
    bullet History:
    1. 18 semester hours selected with advisor approval.
  5. Students seeking secondary certification should see the section on “Secondary Teacher Certification Programs”.
  6. Free electives - Enough electives to fulfill the 122 semester hour requirements and the 54 semester hours of upper division courses.

These requirements are summarized in the following table:

Humanities Plan

I.  CORE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS (42 total core hours required).
II.  PLAN PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS LD LD/UD UD TOTAL
A. General
ENG 3430 Professional Writing     4 4
Computer Literacy / Proficiency 3     3
SPCH 3     3

Foreign Language (6 s.h. in same foreign language or 3 s.h. in sophomore-level foreign language and 3 s.h. in linguistics.)

  6   6
HUM 4323 Asian Culture, or 4324 Gender Studies     3 3
HUM period courses (9 s.h. from the following courses:
    HUM 4312, HUM 4313, HUM 4314,
    HUM 4315, HUM 4317)
    9 9
Any HUM, HIS, or ENG Course     3 3
B. Concentration / Specialization (One of the following)
English (Literature)

    18 18
English (Technical Communication)     18 18
History     18 18
III. FREE ELECTIVES (to fulfill hours requirements)
*TOTAL       **122

*Total must be minimum of 122 s.h. with minimum of 54 s.h. at upper division level.
** Students seeking secondary certification may be required to take additional hours.

Mathematical Sciences (B.A. or B.S.)

Students first entering college in Fall 1999 or after should see section on “New Core Curriculum” under “General Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.”

  1. Satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements for students entering college in Fall 1999 or after. See “General Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.”
  2. Satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science.
  3. General Requirements:
    • Lower Division - 3 semester hours in speech; COSC 1420 or COSC 2420 C/C++ Programming; 3 semester hours from FORTRAN, Ada, Pascal, Java or Adv C/C++ (advanced C/C++ preferred * ); MATH 2413 Calculus I; MATH 2414 Calculus II; MATH 2315 Calculus III or MATH 2320 Differential Equations; natural science with a lab (B.S. option); 6 s.h. in sophomore level courses in the same foreign language or 3 semester hours in sophomore foreign language and 3 semester hours in linguistics (B.A. option).
      *Beginning in Fall 2003, students who have not yet completed their lower division computer programming courses should take the new courses COSC 1436 and COSC 1437 instead.
    • Upper Division - ENG 3430 Professional Writing; MAS 3347 Operations Research; MAS 3361 Linear Algebra; MAS 3391 Probability and Statistics; MAS 4310 Fundamental Concepts of Analysis; MAS 4378 Numerical Analysis; MAS 4391 Probability and Statistics II, MAS 4311 Modern Algebra.
  4. Concentration/Specialization:
    Mathematics

    Lower Division or Upper Division - 3 semester hours electives (LD electives must have minimal prerequisite of 6 semester hours of calculus.)

    Upper Division- 18 semester hours, including MAS 3362 Discrete Structures; MAS 3357 Introduction to Higher Geometry; 9 semester hours of mathematics or computer science courses by advisement.

  5. Students seeking teaching certification should see the section on “Secondary Teacher Certification Programs”.
  6. Free electives - Enough electives to fulfill the 122 semester hour requirement and the 54 semester hours of upper division courses.
  7. Students must earn a grade of C or better in any computer science or math course to fill prerequisite requirements.
  8. Students may not transfer any course in a computer science or math course with a grade of D or F.

These requirements are summarized in the following table:

Mathematical Sciences Plan

I.  CORE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS (42 total core hours required).
II.  PLAN PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS LD LD/UD UD TOTAL
A. General
ENG 3430 Professional Writing     4 4
SPCH 3     3

Foreign Language (for B.A. option) (6 s.h. in same foreign language or 3 s.h. in sophomore-level foreign language and 3 s.h. in linguistics.)

3 3   6
Natural Science with Lab (for B.S. option) 4     4
MATH 2413 and MATH 2414 Calculus for MAS plans 8     8
MATH 2315 or MATH 2320 3     3
COSC 1420 or COSC 2420 C/C++ 4     4
3 s.h. FORTRAN, Ada, Pascal, Java or Adv C/C++ (Adv C/C++ preferred) *** 3     3
MAS 3347 Operations Research     3 3
MAS 3361 Linear Algebra     3 3
MAS 3391 Probability & Statistics     3 3
MAS 4310 Fundamental Concepts of Analysis     3 3
MAS 4378 Numerical Analysis     3 3
MAS 4391 Probability and Statistics II     3 3
MAS 4311 Modern Algebra     3 3
B. Concentration / Specialization
Mathematics
3 s.h. LD/UD electives (w/ prerequisite of 6 s.h. calculus)   3   3
MAS 3362 Discrete Structures     3 3
MAS 3357 Introduction to Higher Geometry     3 3
9 s.h. UD mathematics or computer science courses by advisement     9 9
III. FREE ELECTIVES- (to fulfill hours requirements)
*TOTAL       **123

* Total must be minimum of 122 s.h. with minimum of 54 s.h. at upper division level.
** Students seeking secondary certification may be required to take additional hours.
***Beginning in Fall 2003, students who have not yet completed their lower division computer programming courses should take the new courses COSC 1436 and COSC 1437 instead.

Psychology (B.A. or B.S.)

Students first entering college in fall 1999 or after should see section on “New Core Curriculum” under “General Requirements for a Bachelors Degree.”

  1. Satisfy the core requirements for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree.
  2. General requirements - 13-17 semester hours including ENG 3430 Professional Writing, HUM 4322 Ethics, and six semester hours of any upper division HUM, HIS or ENG courses. For Bachelor of Science candidates, four semester hours in one natural science course with a lab are required in addition to any natural science courses taken to satisfy the core curriculum requirements. The four semester hours must be selected from biology, biophysical sciences, chemistry, geology, or physics.
  3. Specialization - 27 advanced semester hours, including PSY 3315 Statistics for the Social Sciences; PSY 3316 Child and Adolescent Development or PSY 3317 Adult Development and Gerontology; PSY 3314 Physiological Psychology; PSY 4310 Tests and Measurements; PSY 4311 Abnormal Psychology; PSY 4312 Social Psychology; PSY 4314 History and Systems; PSY 4320 Principles of Learning; and PSY 4318 Research Methods for the Social Sciences.
  4. Free electives-Additional hours to satisfy the minimum of 122 credit hours on the degree plan and any other minimums, such as 54 upper division credit hours.

These requirements are summarized in the following table:

Psychology Plan

I.  CORE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS (42 total core hours required).
II.  PLAN PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS LD LD/UD UD TOTAL
A. General
ENG 3430 Professional Writing     4 4
Computer Literacy / Proficiency 3     3
SPCH 3     3

Foreign Language -- (6 s.h. in same foreign language or 3 s.h. in sophomore-level foreign language and 3 s.h. in linguistics.) (B.A. option)

3 3   6
Natural Science with Lab (B.S. option) 4     4
HUM 4322 Ethics     3 3
6 s.h. UD HUM/HIS/ENG     6 6
B. Specialization (27 s.h.)
PSY 3315 Statistics for the Social Sciences     3 3
PSY 3316 Child and Adolescent Development
  or PSY 3317 Adult Development and Gerontology
    3 3
PSY 3314 Physiological Psychology     3 3
PSY 4310 Tests and Measurements     3 3
PSY 4311 Abnormal Psychology     3 3
PSY 4312 Social Psychology     3 3
PSY 4314 History and Systems     3 3
PSY 4320 Principles of Learning     3 3
PSY 4318 Research Methods for the Social Sciences     3 3
III. FREE ELECTIVES- (Additional hours to satisfy the minimum of 122 credit hours on the degree plan and any other minimums such as 54 upper division hours.)
*TOTAL       **123

* Total must be minimum of 122 s.h. with minimum of 54 s.h. at upper division level.

Degree Requirements for Graduate Plans

Computer Information Systems (M.S.)

  1. General Admission Requirements. Admission to Graduate Studies (see graduate admission requirements).
  2. Program Admission. In addition to meeting university admissions requirements for a graduate degree, admission to the M.S. in Computer Information Systems (MS-CIS) program is based on an evaluation by the program's admission committee of the following information.:
    1. A resume reflecting work experience and educational background.
    2. A one-page essay that states the student's reasons for applying to the program and his or her career goals and research and scholarly interests, if any.
    3. Admissions index of 1,400 or higher, obtained by either of the following:
      1. GPA on at least the last 60 semester credit hours times 200
        Plus GRE score (Verbal + Quantitative)
        or
      2. GPA on at least the last 60 semester credit hours times 200
        Plus
        GMAT score times 2
    4. Evidence of having completed undergraduate or graduate coursework in the following areas:
      1. 3 s.h. of Calculus, Discrete Structures (MAS 3362), Discrete Mathematics, or Operations Research (MAS 3347)
      2. 3 s.h. of Statistics (MAS 3391)
      3. 3 s.h. of Information Systems in Organizations (ISC 3325)
      4. 3 s.h. of Principles of Management (MGT 3311, or MGT 6351)
      5. 3 s.h. of upper division Accounting, or 6 s.h. of lower division Principles of Accounting I and II, or ACC 6351
      6. 6 s.h. of programming and data structures using an object-oriented programming language. Students who do not have this preparation can take the following leveling courses to replace the programming requirement.
        1. ISC 6360 Fundamentals of Programming
        2. ISC 6361 Intermediate Programming and Data Structures
    5. Documentation of prior learning which satisfies program prerequisite knowledge in part or full. The student may submit to the CIS Graduate Program Advisor a portfolio of work for evaluation for exempting one or more prerequisite/leveling courses. Such work may include non-credit or non-academic course work, certifications held, and other demonstrated experience or knowledge in the subject area. Such exemption will be solely at the discretion of the CIS Graduate Program Advisor, and may involve interviews, tests, or contact of references. No such waiver for non-academic experience will be done for any part of the 36 semester hours beyond the prerequisite/leveling courses.
  3. Program Admission under the “Three-Year Bachelor Bridge Program” option. Graduates of three-year Bachelors degree programs who otherwise satisfy all the international admission requirements for the MS program in Computer Information Systems (MS-CIS,) and have the equivalent of a minimum 90 undergraduate semester credit hours, will be admitted as graduate students with the additional requirement that they must complete the Bridge program that would bring their total credit hours to the 122 hours required for a UHV bachelor's degree. Completion of the Bridge program is necessary before the student can enroll in more than 18 graduate hours as required in the MS-CIS, not counting prerequisite and leveling courses.

    Each student must satisfy the requirements of Sections 1 and 2 in the following, either by transfer credit or by UHV course work. Students admitted into the Bridge program must complete courses chosen under advisement from Section 3 to meet the total requirement of 122 semester hours.

    The quality of a student's work must be kept at a 3.0 grade point average or better throughout the Bridge program. Courses in which the quality of work is lower than “C” must be repeated and no more than two C's may be applied toward the Bridge program. Courses may be repeated to achieve higher grades; in cases where courses have been repeated, both course grades remain on the transcript, but only the latest grade counts toward the grade point average for the degree. If a student's GPA falls below 3.0 during the Bridge program, the student will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation will be informed by the Dean of the School of Arts and Science of any conditions for removing the probationary status.

      Section 1. Required, 7 semester hours
      • Professional Writing (ENG 3430)
      • Advanced Public Speaking (COM 3325)
      Section 2. Other Program Requirements, 21 semester hours
      • 3 s.h. of Calculus, Discrete Structures, Discrete Mathematics, Operations Research, or Management Science
      • 3 s.h. of Statistics
      • 3 s.h. of Information Systems in Organizations
      • 3 s.h. of Principles of Management
      • 3 s.h. of upper division or graduate Accounting, or 6 s.h. of lower division Principles of Accounting I and II
      • 6 s.h. of programming and data structures using an object-oriented programming language.
      Section 3. Selected Courses by Advisement
      • Any additional courses needed to total a minimum of 122, taken from upper division ISC or MAS courses.
         
  4. Degree Plan. The degree plan embodies the goals to be achieved by the student at the completion of the program, as indicated by the course work required to be completed. The degree plan is drawn up by the degree plan counselor, in consultation with the student, and the CIS Graduate Program Advisor. The plan is approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences.
  5. Degree Requirements.
    • Prerequisite/Leveling Courses:      21 semester hours
    • Core Courses:                               18 semester hours
    • Specialization Courses:                  15 semester hours, 9 semester hours
                                                                under the thesis option.
    • Integration Course:                         3 semester hours
    • Thesis Option (optional):                 6 semester hours
    • Total semester hours required:       36 (not including the prerequisite/
                                                                 leveling courses)

  6. Prerequisite/Leveling Courses (21 semester hours)
    A large percentage of the entering students in the program are anticipated to have undergraduate degrees in areas not directly related to computing. The foundation preparation courses required in three areas listed below are required of such students.
    1. Computer Science/Information Systems (9 semester hours)
      Six (6) semester hours of courses in programming and data structures using an object-oriented programming language. Students who do not have this preparation can take the following leveling courses to replace the programming requirement.
      1. ISC 6360 Fundamentals of Programming
      2. ISC 6361 Intermediate Programming and Data Structures
      Three (3) semester hours in basic knowledge of computer information systems, including some proficiency in the use of common PC software environments, or ISC 3325.
    2. Mathematics (6 semester hours)
      Three (3) semester hours of Calculus, Discrete Structures (MAS 3362), Discrete Mathematics, Operations Research, or Management Science.
      Three (3) semester hours of Statistics (MAS 3391).
    3. Business (6 semester hours)
      Three (3) semester hours of Management, or MGT 3311 or MGT 6351.
      Three (3) semester hours of upper division Accounting, or ACC 6351. This requirement may also be satisfied by the lower division sequence: Principles of Accounting I and II.
  7. Core Courses (18 semester hours)
    ISC 6336 Database Systems Development
    ISC 6340 Software and System Architecture
    ISC 6342 Software Engineering/Project Management
    ISC 6350 Systems Analysis and Design
    ISC 6339 Network Design and Management
    ISC 6325 Policy, Strategy, and Ethical Issues in Information Systems
  8. Specialization (15 semester hours; 9 semester hours under the thesis option) These courses are selected from the following list:
    ISC 6329 Data Warehousing and Data Mining
    ISC 6337 Web Mining and Information Retrieval
    ISC 6343 Intelligent Agents and Applications
    ISC 6347 System Administration
    ISC 6351 Decision Support Systems
    ISC 6353 Information Systems Security
    ISC 6357 Web Engineering
    ISC 6359 Advanced Computer Communication
    ISC 6300 Special Topics in Computer Science/Information Systems
  9. Integration Course (3 semester hours)
    ISC 6390 Integrating the Enterprise, IS Function and IS Technologies
  10. Thesis Option
    Students have the option of writing a research-oriented thesis. This option is available for academically strong students wishing to advance their knowledge and, hopefully make a contribution, in a particular area of computer information systems. Approval for the thesis option by a faculty member, under whom the student has taken at least one course, and a minimum overall “B” average in the program, are required. Students approved for a thesis will register for the following courses, typically during two consecutive semesters in their second year of studies: ISC 6308-6309 - Computer Systems Thesis Research.

Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A.I.S.)

  1. In addition to meeting university admissions requirements for a graduate degree, prospective M.A.I.S. students must submit a 1-page essay that states their reasons for applying to the program and their career goals.
  2. Degree Plan. The degree plan embodies the goals to be achieved by the student at the completion of the program, as indicated by the proportion of the course work required in each concentration. The degree plan is drawn up by the degree plan counselor, in consultation with the student, the concentration advisors, and the M.A.I.S. program coordinator. The plan is approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences. Degree plans should be completed within one semester of admission to the program.
  3. Degree Requirements.
    1. a minimum of 36 graduate semester hours (s.h.) with a final grade of at least a B in each course
    2. 15 s.h. maximum in any one concentration except IDS
    3. IDS 6312 (Introduction to IDS) can only be taken twice.
    4. ISC 6360 and ISC 6361 will NOT count toward the 36 semester hour requirements.
  4. Core Courses and Concentrations.
    1. MAIS core requirements (9 s.h.)
      1. For all MAIS students (3 s.h.) IDS 6312 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies (To be taken within first 15 s.h. of coursework.)
      2. For first concentrators in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Forensics, or Math (6 s.h.) IDS 6328 Philosophy of Science IDS 6305 Interdisciplinary Research Project (To be taken in last 15 s.h. of the program.) This course requires prior approval of supervising instructor and advisor.
      3. For first concentrators other than Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Forensics, or Math (6 s.h.) IDS 6324 Ethics, or IDS 6326 Social Philosophy, or IDS 6305 Interdisciplinary Research Project (To be taken in last 15 s.h. of the program.) This course requires prior approval of supervising instructor and advisor.
    2. First Concentration (12-15 s.h.)
      Options: Bioinformatics, Communication, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, English, Forensics, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics, and Nonprofit Leadership
    3. Second Concentration (9-12 s.h.)
      Options: Bioinformatics, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Forensics, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics, Nonprofit Leadership, and Psychology.
    4. Special Options:
      1. Upon the advisement and recommendation of the MAIS coordinator and their first concentration advisor, students may write a 6-hour interdisciplinary thesis. These students will not be required to take IDS 6305 Interdisciplinary Research Project.
      2. Students may replace the second concentration in one discipline with 9-12 s.h. of courses from any graduate offerings designed around a theme or topic. The student must submit a written rationale for this grouping of courses to the M.A.I.S. program coordinator and the first concentration advisor before the completion of 15 s.h. in the program. The proposal is subject to the approval of both the program coordinator and the concentration advisor.

Psychology (M.A.)

The University of Houston-Victoria offers two psychology master's degrees, a 48-semester hour degree in counseling psychology and a 66-semester hour degree in school psychology. The counseling psychology degree is designed to meet the educational requirements for the Texas Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential and/or the Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) credential. The school psychology degree is designed to meet the academic requirements for the Texas Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) credential.

  1. General Admission Requirements. Admission to Graduate Studies (see graduate admission requirements).
  2. Program Admission. Admission to the counseling psychology or school psychology program is based on an evaluation by the program's admission committee of the following information.
    1. A 1-2 page essay that states the applicant's reasons for applying to the program and the applicant's career goals.
    2. One letter of recommendation from a non-UHV, non-family source.
    3. Evidence of having completed undergraduate or graduate courses in statistics, research methods, and abnormal psychology. A particular course will be waived as a requirement if the student passes a comprehensive final exam or its equivalent for the designated course with a grade of "C" or better. The exam may be taken no more than once for a particular course.
  3. Degree Requirements. The counseling psychology and the school psychology degree plans have a common core of 30 semester hours. The counseling psychology degree plan has a concentration requirement of an additional 9 semester hours and the school psychology degree plan has a concentration requirement of an additional 21 semester hours. Nine semester hours of practicum are required for the counseling psychology degree and 3 semester hours of practicum are required for the school psychology degree. A 12 semester hour internship is also required for the school psychology degree.
    1. Common Core (30 semester hours). The following courses are required for both degrees:
      PSY 6321 Advanced Abnormal Psychology
      PSY 6326 Empirical Methods
      PSY 6330 Life-Span Developmental Psychology
      PSY 6331 Multicultural Psychotherapy
      PSY 6332 Advanced Social Psychology
      PSY 6333 Ethics and Practice of Psychology
      PSY 6334 Theories and Issues in Psychotherapy
      PSY 6335 Techniques of Psychotherapy
      PSY 6336 Introduction to Assessment
      PSY 6337 Advanced Assessment
    2. Concentration Requirements
        Counseling Psychology (9 semester hours)
          PSY 6319 Educational and Career Decision Making
          PSY 6338 Group Psychotherapy
          PSY 6339 Theory and Techniques of Family Therapy
        School Psychology (21 semester hours)
          PSY 6315 Advanced Learning
          PSY 6328 Biological Psychology
          PSY 6340 School Consultation
          PSY 6341 Behavior Management
          PSY 6342 Child Assessment
          C&I 6321 Principles of Curriculum Development,
            or C&I 6322 Principles of Curricular Organization
          AED 6310 Theoretical Foundations of Educational Administration,
            or AED 6311Foundations of Educational Administration
    3. Practicum/Internship Requirements
        Counseling Psychology (9 semester hours)
          9 semester hours of PSY 6303 Psychology Practicum
        School Psychology (3 s.h. of practicum and 12 s.h. of internship)
          3 semester hours of PSY 6303 Psychology Practicum
          12 semester hours of PSY 6605 School Psychology Internship
    4. Comprehensive Exams
      Students must pass a comprehensive exam to graduate. The comprehensive exam is tailored to the student's program (i.e., counseling or school psychology). The counseling psychology comprehensive exam is a 3-hour 200-item multiple choice exam that consists of 20 items from each of the core courses. The school psychology comprehensive exam is a Praxis specialty area test. It is a 2-hour multiple choice exam designed for those wishing to serve in educational settings as school psychologists (e.g., LSSP's in Texas).
  4. Review of Student Progress. Student progress will be reviewed on a regular basis with the intention of identifying students who may need remediation to continue in the program. Continuation in the counseling psychology or school psychology program requires satisfactory academic performance, appropriate personal attributes, and ethical behavior. In addition, students must demonstrate the acquisition of appropriate clinical and professional skills. All students are evaluated annually and as needed for academic progress and professional behavior and development. A student who fails to meet minimal criteria will be asked to sign a probation agreement that specifies the remediation terms for continuation in the program. Dismissal from the program will result if the student fails to follow the terms of the agreement. More detailed information about the minimal criteria for continuation in the program may be obtained from the student's academic advisor or the program coordinator.