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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Technology, BS

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The Computer Technology Program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology Program is for the student whose primary interest is in applying computing technology to create real-world Information Technology (IT) systems. Graduates of the Program will be prepared to combine their knowledge of current computer tools and technologies and their expertise in effective communication within field settings.

Bowie State University has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. This means that students have an option to choose their elective courses in Cybersecurity, thereby earning a Certificate of Completion stating that all mandatory knowledge unit requirements have been satisfied in Cyber Defense Education.

Educational Objectives

The Bachelor’s Degree recipients of the Computer Technology Program are expected to

  1. Apply core technological principles of hardware and software to analyze and solve real-world problems.
  2. Communicate effectively orally and in writing, as an individual and as a member of a team.
  3. Become professionally employed and/or enrolled in professional development, including advanced graduate studies, in Computer Technology or a related area.

Upon completion of at least 60 credits of required and elective courses in Computer Technology and Computer Science, 17 credits of required courses in Mathematics, English and Sciences, and additional University requirements, a student will be awarded the B.S. degree in Computer Technology. Elective courses give students the opportunity to pursue advanced courses in areas of IT. Cooperative education programs are also available to our students. The total number of credits required for an undergraduate degree in Computer Technology is 120. All students must take and pass the Bowie State University English Proficiency Examination.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the Computer Technology Program will, by the time of graduation, have the following knowledge, abilities, and appreciation of professional standards.

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  6. Apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats

Computing Programs for Cybersecurity Criteria

1. Application of the crosscutting concepts of confidentiality, integrity, availability, risk, adversarial thinking, and systems thinking.

2. Fundamental Topics: 

  • Data security
  • Software Security
  • Component Security
  • Connection Security
  • System Security
  • Human Security
  • Organizational Security
  • Societal Security

3. Advanced cybersecurity topics that build on crosscutting concepts and fundamental topics depth.


The Department offers a program for holders of an associate degree; this program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology. The student entering this program will have completed the core requirements of a computer technology program and some general education credits at a community college or junior college. The student must complete the remaining general education and institutional requirements, upper division courses and elective courses at Bowie State University.

Admission to the Program

A student will be admitted to this program if he or she has:

1. An associate degree in computer technology or closely related area and
2. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a scale of 4).

Graduation Requirements

1. Completion of at least 120 semester credit hours of which at least 60 credit hours must be completed at Bowie State University.
2. Completion of the general education and institutional requirements of Bowie State University.
3. Meeting all other relevant graduation requirements as specified in the University catalog.


Degree Requirements


(Note: COSC 190 Intermediate Computer Programming may be used in place of COSC 112 and COSC 113 by (1)  students with transfer credit for COSC 190, and (2)  entering  students  with  a  strong programming background and consent of the instructor.)

II. CTEC Program Tracks (12-15 semester hours)


Total number of required CTEC Program electives: 15 semester hours


Total number of required CTEC Program electives: 15 semester hours


Total number of required CTEC Program electives: 11 or 12 semester hours

III. CTEC Program Electives (8-15 semester hours)

The CTEC Program Track courses together with the CTEC Program Electives must total at least 15 semester hours. 

A student in one track may take a CTEC or COSC course not required by their track as an elective, provided the student satisfies the prerequisite(s) for the selected course. Technical courses from other disciplines may be allowed with prior approval by the department chairperson.

IV. Required Mathematics Courses (7 semester hours)

V. Courses In Natural Laboratory Sciences (7-8 semester hours)

Two courses from two different natural sciences; At least one course must have an associated laboratory experience. For example:

BIOL ___ Biology
CHEM ___ Chemistry
PHSC ___ Physical Science
PHYS ___ Physics

VI. Required English Course (3 semester hours)


Computer technology majors must earn a grade of “C” or better in each course in areas I through VI above.

VII. General Education Requirements (18 semester hours)

English Composition (6 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours)

Choose from designated General Education courses in art, literature, modern languages, music, philosophy, and theater. (The Arts and Humanities Elective must be in a discipline other than COMM.)

Social Sciences (6 semester hours)

Choose from designated General Education courses in anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, or interdisciplinary social science. (The Social Sciences Elective must be in a discipline other than HIST.)


Science (7-8 semester hours), Mathematics (3 semester hours), and Technology (3 semester hours) General Education Requirements are satisfied by required courses in areas I through IV. Free General Education Electives (9 semester hours) are usually satisfied by courses in area I (Technology category) and a prerequisite course in area IV (Mathematics category).  Additional Free General Education Electives,if needed, are chosen,with Departmental advisement, from designated General Education courses in any category.

Free General Education Electives (9 semester hours)

Choose, with Departmental advisement, from designated General Education courses in any category. Usually, courses in area I (Technology category) and a prerequisite course in area III (Mathematics category) fulfill this requirement.


The Department reserves the right to specify suitable General Education courses, in keeping with COMAR, for its majors.

VIII. Institutional Requirements (6 semester hours)

Freshman Seminar (3 semester hours)

 Freshman Seminar (FRSE 101) is required for all entering freshmen and for all transfer students with fewer than 12 Credits.

Health and Wellness (3 semester hours)

Choose one of the General Education courses designated for this category.

General Electives

The remaining credits needed to make the total at least 120 should be chosen by the student in consultation with his/her advisor.

Sample Program

Freshman Year

Sophmore Year

Junior Year

Total: 15

Second Semester

Total: 15

Senior Year

First Semester

Total: 12

Second Semester

Total: 12

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