School of Information Technology and Computing

Brad Crisp, Director    
ACU Box 29353
Abilene, Texas 79699-9353
Mabee Business Building, Room 241

Phone: 325-674-2077
Fax: 325-674-2507
Email: brad.crisp@acu.edu

Faculty
Brian Burton, Assistant Professor
Orneita Burton, Assistant Professor
Robert R. Byrd, Associate Professor
Brad Crisp, Associate Professor
John Homer, Assistant Professor
Alfandika Nyandoro, Assistant Professor
Raymond Pettit, Instructor
Brent Reeves, Associate Professor
Dwayne Towell, Assistant Professor

Majors: Computer Science (BS)
              Digital Entertainment Technology (BS)
               Computer Science-Math 8-12 Teacher Certification 
               Information Technology (BS)               

Minors: Computer Science                             
               Digital Entertainment Technology               
               
Information Technology  

*A collaborative degree offered with the College of Business Administration. See the Department of Management Sciences section of this catalog for details.  

Introduction
Over the last decade, rapid advances in technology, specifically digital technology, have lead to dramatic changes in society and in the global economy. Computer- and technology-related fields claim some of the highest projected job growth in the United States, with software engineering, data communications, networking, security, and systems analysis and administration among the most top-rated careers.

The School of Information Technology and Computing at Abilene Christian University exists to train and educate students in fields of study associated with today’s fast-paced, high tech arena. The School integrates training in computer-related technology at ACU into a single, interdisciplinary administrative unit, encompassing faculty and students with a wide variety of computational and technological interests. The curriculum is flexible and dynamic, with courses available in a broad range of technical subjects and skills.

Four Bachelor of Science programs are available in: computer science; computer science-math education (8-12 certification); digital entertainment technology; and, information technology.  The computer science program includes two different option: a computing theory concentration and a software engineering concentration.  The computing theory concentration prepares students for careers in technical or scientific computing and provides the foundation for graduate training, while the software engineering concentration is focused on programming and software applications.  The computer science-math education (8-12) certification program prepares teachers to certify in math and computer science at the high school level.  The digital entertainment technology degree trains students to enter the game development field as level designers, technical artists or graphic artists, while learning the fundamentals of all the types of software used in developing games-from concept to publishing.  The information technology degree is centered on the implementation and administration of physical hardware, software, and communications systems and infrastructure.  Designed to be interdisciplinary in nature, this program requires a set of core technology courses, a number of elective courses that allow students to pursue their particular information technology interests, and additional electives in a second field of application that the student can use to customize his/her career direction.  

The School of Information Technology and Computing cooperates with the College of Business Administration to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in information systems. This program is available for individuals who want to focus on the development and management of strategic information and technology resources that support business functions and initiatives. 

Accelerated Masters of Science in Computer Science
Students with an undergraduate major in computer science may pursue an accelerated master's degree in computer science at Texas Tech University. Through an alliance between the two universities, qualified students may complete both a bachelor of science in computer science at Abilene Christian University and a master's of science degree in computer science at Texas Tech University in five years. A total of 152 semester hours are required for the combined program. Interested students must declare their intentions early in their academic careers and maintain regular communications with their academic advisors.

Facilities and Resources
The School of Information Technology and Computing utilizes up-to-date computer labs with approximately one-hundred seats available for teaching and student use. Included is a lab primarily devoted to digital entertainment technologies. Windows and Unix-based machines, along with Macs are available, with lab equipment being refreshed every three to four years. All classrooms and lecture halls are “smart” facilities, outfitted with Internet connections, video projectors, and other resources that facilitate multi-media instruction. Wireless hot spots are found throughout the academic facilities; and students have access to some of the top applications software used in industry, including SAS, SPSS, and SAP.

Student Organizations
The School of Information Technology and Computing sponsors a student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Each year, teams of ACU students participate in the International Collegiate Programming Contest, and ACU periodically serves as a host site.

The School of Information Technology and Computing also hosts the Virtual Planes Users Group (VPUG) - an interdisciplinary student interest group devoted to the development of computer games and other digital entertainment technologies, and student chapters of the Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and the Association for Information Systems (AIS). Students may also be eligible for membership in Upsilon Phi Epsilon, the honor society for computing professionals.

Scholarships and Internships
Outstanding scholarship opportunities are available for students with strong academic credentials and who demonstrate promise for continued success in a technology field. Students with financial need are especially encouraged to apply. All scholarship inquiries should be directed to the School of Information Technology and Computing.

Student participation in internships is one of the most important aspects of the hiring decision of potential employers in the computer technology arena. Excellent internship opportunities are available for qualified students.

Study Abroad Expectations
All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year.

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Bachelor of Science Degree (BS)   

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to one of the programs offered by the School of Information Technology and Computing, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog.

COMPUTER SCIENCE (BS)   

 

BS: COMPUTER SCIENCE DEGREE PLAN (CS)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Computer Science

    CS 111 Introduction to Computer Science 

    CS 120 Programming I  

    CS 130 Programming II: Data Structures  

    CS 220 Computer Organization and Single-User Systems  

    CS 230 Object-Oriented Programming  

    CS 332 Design and Analysis of Algorithm

    CS 352 Programming Languages  

    CS 355 Compiler Construction        

    CS 356 Operating Systems

    CS 374 Software Engineering 

    CS 495 Computer Science Senior Seminar (writing intensive course) 

    Advanced CS/IT selections (including IS 405 and PHYS 342/343) (300-499)

       Students may optionally choose one of the following concentrations: 

         Computing Theory
           CS 320 Database Programming and Design
           CS 365 Theory of Computation
           CS 467 Introduction of Artificial Intelligence

        Software Engineering
          IT 325 Web Development II
         CS 474 Object-Oriented Design
         IS 405 Systems Analysis and Design

Information Technology

   IT 220 Introduction to Databases and DBMS 

   IT 221 Fundamentals of Networking and Data Comms

Science

    PHYS 335/336 Introduction to Electronics with Lab  

  Social Sciences/Humanities

    PHIL 486 Ethics or

         SOCI 460 Ethics and Social Issues  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 
and are not included in total major hours

 

1

3

3

3

3

3

3

 3

     3

3

3

17

 

9

 


 


9

 




3

3

 

(3)¹

 

     
(3)¹

54

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR  

Mathematics

    MATH 185 Calculus I  

    MATH 186 Calculus II  

    MATH 227 Discrete Mathematics  

    MATH 325 Linear Algebra  

    MATH 361 Ordinary Differential Equations or

         MATH 377 Statistical Methods I  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 
and are not included in total major hours

 

(3)¹

3

3

3

 

3

12

ELECTIVES  
Open electives                 6          
TOTAL MAJOR HOURS   72  
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum grade in CS 111, 120, 130, 220, 230;  IT 220, 221; MATH 227  

Minimum GPA in major and concentration courses  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in
minimum hours required for degree.

C

2.00

2.00

33

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DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY (BS)    

BS: DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY (DET)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  
Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.  
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Computer Science

    CS 115 Introduction to Programming  

    CS 116 Applied Programming Using Scripting 

    CS 330 Human Computer Interface

    DET 210 Introduction to Digital Entertainment

    DET 310 Digital Entertainment Technologies II

    DET 350 Game Development

    DET 410 Digital Entertainment Technologies III (capstone and writing 
                  intensive)

    IT 225 Web Development I

TOTAL

Choose 12 hours from: 

    ART 351 Basic Visual Communication

    ART 352 Digital Graphic Techniques

    ART 454 Information Graphics

    ART 457 Interactive Design

    CS 315 Mobile Computing I

    CS 316 Mobile Computing II

    IT 220 Introduction to Databases and Database Management Systems

    IT 325 Web Development II 
        or courses approved by department chair

   Digital Design Concentration

    ART 351 Basic Visual Communication

    ART 352 Digital Graphic Techniques

    ART 454 Information Graphics 

    ART 457 Interactive Design

   Mobile Development Concentration

    CS 315 Mobile Computing I

    CS 316 Mobile Computing II

    IT 220 Introduction to Databases and Database Management Systems

    IT 325 Web Development II

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

3


3

24

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3


3

3

3

3

 

 

3

3

3

3

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR  

Mathematics

    ART 105 Two-Dimensional Design

    ENGL 322 Fiction Workshop or

         ENGL 472 Film and Belief

    JMC 488 Communication Law  

    MGMT 459 Project Management

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 
and are not included in total major hours

 

3

 

3

3

3

12

SUPPORT AREA  
18 hours of directed study: which is an approved 6-course area of emphasis (excluding business and courses used to satisfy other degree requirements)   18
ELECTIVES  
Minimum  6
TOTAL MAJOR HOURS 72
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum grade in DET 210, 310, 410  

Minimum GPA in major requirements  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in
minimum hours required for degree.

C

2.00

2.00

33

128

 

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE AND MATH (8-12 TEACHER CERTIFICATION) (BS)   

BS: COMPUTER SCIENCE AND MATH (8-12 TEACHER CERTIFICATION) (CMST) (BS)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  
Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.  
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Computer Science

    CS 111 Introduction to Computer Science

    CS 120 Programming I

    CS 130 Programming II

    CS 220  Computer Organization

    CS 230 Object-Oriented Programming

    CS 332 Design and Analysis of Algorithms

 2 course selections from the following options: 

   CS 352 Programming Languages
   CS 355 Compiler Construction
   CS 356 Operating Systems
   CS 374 Software Engineering

   CS 495 Senior Seminar (writing-intensive course)

TOTAL

  Mathematics

    MATH 185 Calculus I

    MATH 186 Calculus II

    MATH 187 Calculus Computer Laboratory

    MATH 227 Discrete Mathematics

    MATH 286 Calculus III

    MATH 309 Algebraic Concepts for Teachers

    MATH 311 Geometric Concepts for Teachers

    MATH 325 Linear Algebra

    MATH 377 Statistical Methods I

 TOTAL 

   Professional Education Requirements

    EDUC 211 Educ. Found. and Multicultural Perspectives

    EDUC 221 Educational Psychology

    EDUC 412 Secondary Curriculum and Media

    EDUC 432 Secondary Management and Methods

    EDUC 490 Student Teaching

    READ 322 Reading in Secondary Content Areas

    SPED 371 Teach. Students w/ Special Needs (writing-intensive)

  TOTAL

 

1

3

3

3

3

3

6


 

 


3


25


(3)¹

3

1

3

3

3

3

3

 3

22

 

3

(3)¹

3

3

6

3

3

21

ELECTIVES  
Minimum  

6

Other Required Courses  

    PHYS 379 Philosophy, Religion and Science

(3)¹

 
CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION

In accordance with Texas state law, the ACU Teacher Education Program has established the following criteria for admission to Teacher Education.  Before taking more than 6 hours EDUC a student must first be admitted to the Teacher Education Program.  To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, a student must: 

  1. Complete and submit an application for admission into the Teacher Education Program; 
  2. Have completed the first 45 semester hours of credit; 
  3. Successfully complete with a C or better 12 hours in the candidate's chosen content field; 
  4. Have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 (2.75 or higher in the content field);
  5. Complete 6 hours of University Requirements English with no grade lower than a "C" (In order to maintain admission status the candidate must earn a C or better in all university required English courses.);
  6. Pass all three sections of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test, with a score on reading section of 260 or higher, a score on the math section of 230 or higher and a score on the writing section of 240 or higher; Students may retake the THEA once if the required level is not earned in the first administration.  Acceptance of scores from a third administration of the THEA are subject to review by the Teacher Admissions Committee; 
  7. Successfully complete (C or better) EDUC 211 - Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives; 
  8. Successfully complete the ACU Teacher Education formal writing sample administered in EDUC 211; 
  9. Successfully complete first submission of the Teacher Education E-portfolio as described in the ACU Teacher Education Student Handbook; 
  10. A declared major that includes certification;
  11. Receive approval from the Teacher Education Admissions Review Committee.  An interview with the committee may be required.

English Language Proficiency Requirement for International Students:
International students with primary languages other than English must demonstrate English language proficiency by the following:

Obtain an official (TOEFL) score of at least 600 (computer-based score of number 250, iBT of 100).

Any exemptions or modification to the above requirements due to special circumstances must be requested through the chair of the Department of Teacher Education.  All requests will be reviewed and must be approved by the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee.  In addition, admission to teacher education is not the final step in the process.  In order to remain in the program the prospective teacher must continue to meet the GPA requirements (2.75).  Approval to take Education Block classes (411/412 and 431/432) and to enroll in student teaching must be obtained from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee before enrolling in those classes.  

Additional requirements for maintaining program admission status:

  1. In order to remain in the Teacher Education Program, an overall GPA of 2.75, 2.75 in the content field, and continued approval of the Teacher Education Admissions Committee must be maintained.
  2. A grade of C or better is required for all major courses.  
  3. Junior and senior transfer students must take the THEA and be admitted to the Teacher Education  Program during their first semester at Abilene Christian University to continue in professional education course work.  Arrangements to take the THEA should be made as quickly as possible by contacting the Office of Career and Academic Development. 

Note: 
A candidate who does not have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher may be conditionally admitted to the program if all other admissions criteria are met and if all of the following are true:

  1.  An overall GPA of 2.7 or higher in the last 60 hours;
  2. A GPA of 2.75 in the teaching content field; 
  3. No university disciplinary actions filed-academic or otherwise;
  4. A formal letter of request submitted to the admissions committee describing the candidates academic history and articulating motivations for wanting to enter the teaching profession;
  5. An interview with the Teacher Education Admissions Committee. 
         
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Minimum GPA in major                                                         2.75
Minimum GPA for graduation                                               2.75
Minimum advanced hours                                                    33
Minimum total hours                                                             130

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (BS)      

Students pursuing the information technology degree are required to select and complete an 18-hour approved area of support as part of their academic program. This requirement can be satisfied by selecting an approved 6-course (18-hour) area of emphasis that compliments information technology. Students interested in business should pursue the BBA in information systems rather than the BS in information technology.

Some approved technical/vocational courses may be transferred from a technical school, junior college, or other two-year degree granting institution. A maximum of twelve semester hours (or four courses) may be transferred for lower-level credit. Up to twelve hours of lower-level credit may also be assigned on the basis of documented work experience, military training, and/or competency testing. The combination of transferred hours or assigned credit may not exceed twelve semester hours

 

BS: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEGREE PLAN (IT)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  
Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.  
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Computer Science

    CS 115 Introduction to Programming  

    CS 116 Applied Programming Using Scripting

Information Systems

    IS 405 System Analysis and Design  

    IS 430 Management of Information and Technology

         Resources (writing-intensive course)  

Information Technology

    IT 120 Introduction to Information Technology  

    IT 225 Web Development I  

    IT 220 Introduction to Databases and Database

         Management Systems  

    IT 221 Fundamentals of Networking and

         Data Communication  

    IT 310 Introduction to Computer and Information Security  

    IT 410 Systems Integration and Administration 

Management

    MGMT 459 Project Management  

Advanced Selections

    Choose four courses from: CS 315, 316320, 420 , IS 330, 415,

         432DET 310, 410, IT 300 - 499 (prerequisites may apply)  

TOTAL  

 

3

3

 

3

 

3

 

3

3

 

3

 

3

3

3

 

3

 

 

12

45

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR  

Mathematics

    MATH 131 Calculus for Applications  

    MATH 377 Statistical Methods I or

         IS 322 Business Statistics  

Social Sciences/Humanities

    ECON 261 Principles of Microeconomics  

    PHIL 486 Ethics or

         SOCI 460 Ethics and Social Issues  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 
and are not included in total major hours

 

(3)¹

 

3

 

(3)¹

 

(3)¹

3

SUPPORT AREA  
18 hours of directed study: which is an approved 6-course area of emphasis (excluding business and courses used to satisfy other degree requirements)   18
ELECTIVES  
Minimum  6
TOTAL MAJOR HOURS 72
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum grade in CS 115, 116;  IT 120, 220, 221, 225, 310  

Minimum GPA in major requirements  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in
minimum hours required for degree.

C

2.00

2.00

33

128

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Minors in Information Technology and Computing

A minor in computer science, digital entertainment technology, or information technology may be added to other degrees.

 

MINOR: COMPUTER SCIENCE (CS)     

CS 111 Introduction to Computer Science

CS 120 Programming I  

CS 130 Programming II and Data Structures  

CS 220 Computer Organization and Single-User Systems  

CS 230 Object-Oriented Programming

CS 332 Design and Analysis of Algorithms  

Choose one of:

    CS 352 Programming Languages

    CS 356 Operating Systems

    CS 365 Theory of Computation

    CS 374 Software Engineering

TOTAL  

1

3

3

3

3

3

 

3

3

3

3

19

 

 

MINOR: DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY (DET)     

CS 115 Introduction to Programming  

DET 210 Introduction to Digital Entertainment  

DET 310 Digital Entertainment Technology II  

DET 410 Digital Entertainment Technology III  

ART 105 Two-Dimensional Design or

    ART 106 Three-Dimensional Design 

ENGL 322 Fiction Workshop* 

MUSC 400 Basics of Digital Audio 

MGMT 459 Project Management 

TOTAL  

 

* ENGL 472 Film and Belief may be substituted for ENGL 322 with permission.

3

3

3

3

 

3

3

3

3

24

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MINOR: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT)     

CS 115 Introduction to Programming  

IT 225 Web Development I  

IT 220 Introduction to Databases and Database

    Management Systems  

IT 221 Fundamentals of Networks and Data 

   Communications  

Advanced IT Selections (Choose two: 300-499)  

TOTAL  

3

3

 

3

 

3

6

18

    

Course Descriptions

Please see the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Courses offered by the School of Information Technology and Computing include those with the following designations: CS, IT, DET. Courses in information systems offered through the College of Business Administration have the following designation: IS.

 

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