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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Computer Science

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Computer Science (Tidewater Community College)
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Program description

The Department of Computer Science offers undergraduate and graduate programs. The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science is a rigorous, highly concentrated curriculum of computer science courses. It includes advanced study in several important areas of computer science and provides a strong foundation in this discipline. Every course is taught by full-time faculty members who also serve as advisers to both undergraduate and graduate students.

The master’s degree program emphasizes continuing self-development of individuals currently engaged in science-, technology- and engineering-related fields. It prepares persons who have completed undergraduate majors in these fields for entry into careers in areas that use computing technology. Both the theoretical and applied aspects of computer science are emphasized in this program. The program offers courses in a wide range of areas in computer science, including machine learning, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and cloud computing, data mining, bioinformatics, and medical informatics.   

Career opportunities

Computer science (CS) spans the range from theory through programming to cutting-edge development of computing solutions. Computer science offers a foundation that permits graduates to adapt to new technologies and new ideas. The work of computer scientists falls into three categories: a) designing and building software; b) developing effective ways to solve computing problems, such as storing information in databases, sending data over networks or providing new approaches to security problems; and c) devising new and better ways of using computers and addressing particular challenges in areas such as robotics, computer vision, or digital forensics.   

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Computer programmer
  • Cybersecurity engineer
  • Data engineer or architect
  • Project manager
  • Sales engineer
  • Scrum master
  • Software engineer or developer
  • Software quality assurance and test engineer
  • Web or mobile app developer
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • College Professor
  • Computer Architecture Engineer
  • Data Scientist
  • Lead Software Engineer
  • Machine Learning Engineer/Scientist
  • Project Leader
  • Research & Development Engineer
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

If you would like to meet with a Transfer Center advisor,please fill out our online advising request form.

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Review requirements of Engineering Admission Agreement
Completion of associate degree (A.S. in Engineering or A.S. in Science) 
Minimum GPA of 3.0 
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better
Earn a minimum grade of "B" in all your math, science and engineering classes

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 201 or higher
Science required
  • 5+ additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0

Transfer major map
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Computer Science

Tidewater Community College (Associate of Science: Computer Science)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Attend New Student Orientation.
  • Register for SDV 101.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your advisor at the beginning of each semester.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Start your math sequence and pass ENG 111-112 during your first year.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to Computer Science through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on the VCU website.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Meet with your academic advisor at the beginning of each semester to review your academic progress.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Computer Science department-related events.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to your TCC career services advisor or workshop for review.
  • Learn about VCU REAL.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend New Student Orientation.
  • Register for SDV 101.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your advisor at the beginning of each semester.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Start your math sequence and pass ENG 111-112 during your first year.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to Computer Science through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on the VCU website.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Meet with your academic advisor at the beginning of each semester to review your academic progress.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Computer Science department-related events.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to your TCC career services advisor or workshop for review.
  • Learn about VCU REAL.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Computer Science

Tidewater Community College (Associate of Science: Computer Science)

Tidewater Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 101Orientation to Computer ScienceUNIV 1011Elective
ENG 111College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123General education
CSC 110Introduction to ComputingINFO 160, 161, 1623Elective
MTH 161PreCalculus IMATH 1413General education
Humanities electiveSelect 1: PHI 101, 111, 220; ART 101, 102; MUS 121; CST 151; REL 230VCU equivalent3General education
CSC 201Computer Science ICMSC 2554Major
ENG 112College Composition IIUNIV 2003General education
MTH 162PreCalculus IIMATH 1513Major
Social Science electiveSelect 1: PSY 200, SOC 200, 211, PLS 211, 241VCU equivalent3General education
History electiveSelect 1: HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122HIST3General education
CSC 205Computer OrganizationCMSC 3113Major
CSC 210Programming with C++CMSC 2564Major
MTH 263Calculus IMATH 2004Major
Science with LabSelect 1: BIO 101, CHM 111, or PHY 241BIOL/Z 151 or CHEM/Z 101 or PHYS 2074Major
CSC 215Advanced Computer OrganizationCMSC 3XX3Elective
MTH 264Calculus IIMATH 2014Major
History electiveSelect 1: HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122HIST3General education
Humanities electiveSelect 1: ENG 200-level literature; PHI 101, 111, 220; ART 101, 102; MUS 121; CST 151; REL 230VCU equivalent3General education
Science with LabTake second course in the sequence: BIO 102, CHM 112, or PHY 242BIOL/Z 152 or CHEM/Z 102 or PHYS 2084Major
Tidewater credits transferred to VCU61
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
ECON 205The Economics of Product Development & Market3Major
MATHSelect one upper-level (300-level) MATH course3Major
Natural ScienceSelect two BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS courses that counts toward major(s) in those sciences6Major
STAT 212Concepts of Statistics3Major
CMSC 257Computer Systems4Major
CMSC 302Introduction to Discrete Structures3Major
CMSC 303Introduction to the Theory of Computation3Major
CMSC 312Introduction to Operating Systems3Major
CMSC 355Software Engineering: Specification and Design3Major
CMSC 401Algorithm Analysis with Advanced Data Structures3Major
CMSC 403Programming Languages3Major
CMSC 440Data Communication and Networking3Major
CMSC 451Senior Project I3Major
CMSC 452Senior Project II3Major
CMSC 508Database Theory3Major
CMSCCMSC upper-level electives9Major
Open elective1Elective
Credits completed at VCU 59
Bachelor's degree total120
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