The program in computer science prepares students for careers as systems programmers in a scientific and/or engineering environment and for graduate work in computer science. Mathematics and engineering courses supplement a strong core of computer science courses, enabling students to design and implement software that requires complicated computations, data structures and interfaces.


The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program.


Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1 3
Fine Arts & Humanities 3 Social Sciences1 3
U.S. History/Government1 3 MATH 2914 Calculus I 4
TECH 1001 Orientation to the University 1 COMS 2003 Microcomputer Applications 3
COMS 1403 Orientation to Computing, Information, and Technology 3 COMS 2104 Foundations of Computer Programming I 4
COMS 1411 Computer and Information Science Lab 1
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 17


Fall Spring
ELEG 2130 Digital Logic Design Lab 0 ENGL 2053 Technical Writing 3
ELEG 2134 Digital Logic Design 4 Science Sequence I2 4
MATH 2924 Calculus II 4 COMS 2213 Data Structures 3
COMS 2203 Foundations of Computer Programming II 3 COMS 2223 Computer Organization and Programming 3
COMS 2903 Discrete Structures for Technical Majors 3 COMS 3913 Advanced Discrete Structures 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16


Fall Spring
Science Sequence II2 4 Fine Arts & Humanities1 3
MATH 3153 Applied Statistics I 3 COMM 2173 Business and Professional Speaking 3
COMS 2700 Networking and Architecture Laboratory 0 COMS 3703 Operating Systems 3
COMS 2703 Computer Networks and Architecture 3 COMS 4163 Personal Software Engineering 3
COMS 3213 Advanced Data Structures and Algorithm Design 3 COMS 4700 Data Communications and Networking Lab 0
COMS 3233 Data Design and Implementation 3 COMS 4703 Data Communications and Networks 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15


Fall Spring
Social Sciences1 3 COMS 4043 Systems Analysis and Design II 3
MATH 4003 Linear Algebra I 3 COMS 4403 Compiler Design 3
COMS 3053 Implications of Technology on Society 3 Management Elective3 3
COMS 4033 Systems Analysis and Design I 3 Elective (Math or Science)4 2
COMS 4103 Organization of Programming Languages 3 Elective (3000-4000 level) 2
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 13

1. See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2. May be satisfied by any 1-year science sequence that requires a lab in each course, excluding biological science courses.
3. This management elective is to be selected from COMS 4053 Information Systems Resource Management, COMS 4063 IT Project Administration IT Project Administration, or MGMT course approved jointly by the Department of Management and Marketing and the Department of Computer and Information Science.
4. If a math elective is taken, math elective must be beyond pre-calculus.

Unconditional Admission Requirements

Arkansas Tech University does not discriminate on the basis of color, sex, race, age, national origin, religion, or disability in any of its practices, policies, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admission, employment, financial aid, or educational services. Arkansas Tech University complies with all applicable state and federal laws including, but not limited to, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 as amended,Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1974, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. The Affirmative Action Office, Administration Building, Suite 212, has been designated to coordinate compliance efforts.

Important Dates
Priority Spring Application Deadline: January 1
Priority Fall Application Deadline: August 1

Entering Freshman / New Student:

New students to Arkansas Tech University must submit an application for admission, college entrance exam scores, a record documenting completion of secondary requirements, and proof of immunization documenting 2 MMR. If you have concurrent college credit, an official transcript from that institution is required. For Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (C.L.E.P.), or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, original score reports or a certified copy from your high school will need to be submitted prior to credit being awarded. A minimum criterion for exam scores and grade point average is listed below:

  1. Composite A.C.T. score of 19 or above, composite S.A.T. score of 990 or above on the RSAT scale of 1600 or a composite S.A.T. score of 1330 on the former S.A.T. exam with a scale of 2400, or a composite Next Generation ACCUPLACER score of 246. Note: The A.C.T. Writing exam is not required for admission purposes.

Completion of graduation requirements from a public secondary school, private secondary school, or a home school program documenting a minimum 2.0/4.0 cumulative grade point average, and completion of the university’s secondary school core curriculum, OR minimum GED score of 600.
Students who have scored accordingly on an Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (C.L.E.P.), or International Baccalaureate (IB) can earn credit toward graduation at Arkansas Tech University by receiving a qualifying score on the examinations. These credits can satisfy general education requirements. AP, C.L.E.P., and IB scores should be documented on your application for admission. Submit official score reports or readable copies embossed by your high school to the Office of Admissions. Students who have earned an International Baccalaureate (IB) should submit their IB transcript for evaluation. Students who successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme can earn credit toward graduation at Arkansas Tech University.

Freshmen who do not meet unconditional admission requirements will be conditionally admitted with a minimum composite A.C.T. score of 15, composite S.A.T. score of 830 or above on the RSAT scale of 1600 or a composite S.A.T. score of 1060 on the former S.A.T. exam with a scale of 2400, or a composite Next Generation ACCUPLACER score of 229, and by completing college core with a 2.0/4.0 grade point average or minimum GED score of 600.

Returning Student:

Students who have not attended Arkansas Tech in the past year or have attended another college or university since last attending Tech must submit a new application for admission. Minimum grade point average requirements are listed below:

  • Has not attended another college since attending Tech
    • Cumulative Tech GPA of 2.0 or higher

Has attended another college since attending Tech

  • Cumulative Tech GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Official college transcript(s) documenting a cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Must be eligible for re-enrollment at the last institution attended

Transfer Student:

Students who have not attended Arkansas Tech University must submit an application for admission, official transcripts from each institution previously attended, and proof of immunization.

If transferring less than 24 credit hours, an official high school transcript and A.C.T., S.A.T., or ACCUPLACER scores must be submitted. Transfer students with more than 24 hours, who have not completed college level English or math, will be required to submit test scores. Arkansas Tech University will recognize transfer credit from a U.S. institution provided that the institution is accredited by one of the six U.S. regional accreditation associations, and for courses that are approved for transfer by ADHE through ACTS. Acceptance of course credit may depend on the date that the institution was accredited or the date that a course was approved for transfer by ADHE. Transfer credit for coursework from institutions outside the U.S. will be considered on an individual basis. Students seeking transfer of credit from a foreign college/university must complete a credential evaluation through a company authorized by Arkansas Tech University (a list of approved service providers can be obtained in the IMSSO or in the Registrar’s Office). Transfer credit, although accepted by the university, is not guaranteed to be applicable toward meeting degree requirements for the particular program of study selected by the transfer student. Once admitted, your academic advisor will determine which credits count toward your degree requirements.

Minimum grade point average requirements are listed below:

  1. All transfers must be eligible for re-enrollment at the last institution attended and have a cumulative college GPA of 2.0

If you do not meet the requirements for unconditional admittance or if you need further details on any of the information above, email the Office of Admissions at You may also reach us by phone at 800-582-6953 or (479) 968-0343. Unofficial documents can be faxed to (479) 964-0522. All final admission documents should be mailed to:

Arkansas Tech University
Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment
Brown Hall, Suite 104
105 West O Street
Russellville AR 72801-2222

Non-Academic Rejection
Please note that academic performance is not the sole criterion for admission to the university. The university may evaluate a person's behavior and background to determine their ability to maintain the standards of academic and professional conduct expected at the university. An evaluation may take into consideration current behavior and performance as well as past experiences and actions. Simply qualifying for admission does not guarantee admission.

Cost & Fees

*Tuition and Fees are subject to change as necessary Tuition Rates

Hours Resident (In-State) Non-Resident(Out-of-State) Fees
1 226.00 452.00
2 452.00 904.00
3 678.00 1,356.00
4 904.00 1,808.00
5 1,130.00 2,260.00
6 1,356.00 2,712.00
7 1,582.00 3,164.00
8 1,808.00 3,616.00
9 2,034.00 4,068.00
10 2,260.00 4,520.00
11 2,486.00 4,972.00
12 2,712.00 5,424.00
13 2,938.00 5,876.00
14 3,164.00 6,328.00
15 3,390.00 6,780.00
16 3,616.00 7,232.00
17 3,842.00 7,684.00
18 4,068.00 8,136.00
19 4,294.00 8,588.00
20 4,520.00 9,040.00
21 4,746.00 9,492.00
22 4,972.00 9,944.00
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