Department of Computer Science and Information Systems :: Explore Our Programs
Explore Our Programs
This program will prepare you for a wide variety of applications found in the diverse computing and information technology fields. With a strong foundation in programming, database technology, data structures, computer networks and application program development you will have the skills and knowledge you need to succeed as an application analyst, data analyst, data scientist, information systems management and other information technology fields.
No foreign language credits required
No thesis required
Our comprehensive program gives you the tools needed to excel as a data scientist and STEM educator. You’ll study a wide range of programming, database technologies, data structures and computer networks. This program prepares you for the classroom by offering courses in technology-infused curriculum, roles and responsibilities of STEM educators, and pedagogy. After graduating, you’ll be ready to teach computer science at the secondary level (grades 7-12).
No foreign language credits required
No thesis required
A degree in computer science will equip you with the essential skills for a modern world. Career fields include, but not limited to, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, programming/coding, computer networks, cyber physical systems, digital forensics, operating systems, mobile programming, data analytics, database systems, machine learning and research.
No foreign language credits required
No thesis required
You can select a thesis or non-thesis option for your graduate work in Computer Science. Based upon your interest and/or career goals, you will select a track in databases, computer networks, security, artificial intelligence, data science, image processing, or software engineering to complement the core comprised of data structures, algorithm design, operating systems, computer architecture and automation theory.
No foreign language credits required
Non-thesis 37, Thesis 30
Thesis and non-thesis options available
Department of Computer Science and Information Systems :: Featured News
The Planetarium and the Observatory at Texas A&M University-Commerce offer an astronomical amount of knowledge to students and the community. Located on the first floor of the McFarland Science Building,…
A&M-Commerce professors of computer science and information systems, Dr. Omar El Ariss, Dr. Dongeun Lee and Dr. Kaoning Hu have been awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation…
Professors Srujan Kotikela and Eman Hammad were recently named Faculty Fellows at the Texas A&M University Cybersecurity Center in College Station, Texas. Cybersecurity Center Faculty Fellows are members of the…
A&M-Commerce alums Charlie Didear and Craig Anderson made history this month as the university’s first two electrical engineering graduates. Dr. Andrea Graham, head of the Department of Engineering and Technology,…
Texas A&M University-Commerce Computer Science student Brian Taylor was announced as the first-place winner at the IMCS Group Coding Challenge. The challenge was held on Friday, February 21 at A&M-Commerce.…
Six members of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) represented Texas A&M University-Commerce at the 2020 Dallas ISD Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Expo in Dallas on January 18.…
A&M-Commerce and Navarro College commemorated their 20-year partnership on November 14 with an anniversary celebration in Corsicana, Texas. The Navarro College Partnership allows students to earn bachelor’s or master’s degrees…
Mr. Rene Griffin may hold a record for the most consecutive homecoming games attended by an alumnus. This year, Griffin celebrated his 60th consecutive homecoming celebration. “I feel I have…
Pipasha Biswas has noble goals, like healing the human heart and curing cancer. But that’s not the only reason she is so inspiring. Recently, when unimaginable pain and loss blocked…
A&M-Commerce hosted the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Research Conference on May 21 and 22. Event coordinator Dr. Brent Donham, dean of the College of Science and Engineering, explained that the conference “brings together engineering and computer science researchers from the A&M System schools and other TEES members across the state.”
Department of Computer Science and Information Systems :: Scholarships
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COMPUTER SCIENCE AND INFORMATION :: RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS AND GRANTS
Our computer science and information system faculty are excited to develop your knowledge and skills through research. Opportunities are available for both undergraduate and graduate students. We encourage you to discuss any research interests with your professors.
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Fraternity and Sorority Life at TAMUC
Fraternities and Sororities have been an integral part of the Lion student experience. Making up roughly 10% of the full-time undergraduate student population with close to 550 members across four councils, Fraternity and Sorority Life members strive to uphold the values of academic excellence, campus involvement, philanthropy and Lion spirit. Joining a fraternity or sorority is a lifetime commitment, a commitment that will benefit you during your time on campus and after graduation. Our community has so much to offer you. It is comprised of chapters that are individually unique, but together, create a united community. We hope there is a chapter home for everyone at TAMUC. We encourage you to explore Fraternity and Sorority Life and all it has to offer.
Teaching Certifications – EC-6 or 4-8
Learn about our comprehensive year-long, field-based teacher education program – which teaches you effective pedagogy and provides you with an abundance of training in the public schools. We supply you with all the tools you’ll need to be a successful teacher in grades head start – up through 8th grade. Q&A session at the end – so you can get all your questions answered. Touch a life forever – be a teacher!
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Showcase of Computer Science
In this section we will introduce the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems. We will introduce the faculty, staff, undergraduate programs, graduate programs, and courses. We will also show the statistics of the job marketing of our graduates.
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There is more to going to college than how well you perform in the classroom. A great college experience is bigger than that. The First-Year TRAC program will immerse you in a range of challenging and rewarding experiences all designed to help you get connected and create a pathway to success. Learn more about our First-Year TRAC program at A&M-Commerce.
Gain expertise in computational linguistics and natural language processing. Our graduate certificate is designed for students in computer science and linguistics.
The Development of Synthetic Hosts for Anion Recognition and Chiral Recognition Applications and the Development of Molecular Switches
There are 3 main projects in the Starnes research group.
- The Development of Synthetic Hosts for Anion Recognition Applications
- The Development of Synthetic Hosts for Chiral Recognition Applications
- The Development of Molecular Switches
Project 1: The Development of Synthetic Hosts for Anion Recognition Applications.
One aspect of the Starnes research group is centered on the development of synthetic receptors for anions of environmental and biological significance. Environmentally, many anions (such as perchlorate, nitrate, nitrite, sulfate and pertechnetate) present themselves as toxic and problematic contaminants in lakes, rivers, aquifers, nuclear waste repositories etc. We aim to develop sensors and extraction agents for these anions. There are also many anions of biological importance such as DNA, RNA, proteins and peptides. The development of receptors for these analytes has diagnostic applications in the monitoring of cellular processes.
The research utilizes computational software to design the artificial receptor on a computer, analyze its conformational preferences computationally and then evaluate the receptors molecular recognition properties computationally. Receptors showing promise computationally are then synthesized in lab and studied for their anion recognition properties.
Project 2: The Development of Synthetic Hosts for Chiral Recognition Applications.
The research group is working to modify hosts previously prepared in the research group that have been shown to function as stereoselective hosts for chiral guests in order to 1) improve on the selectivity of these types of hosts in their guest binding properties and 2) to learn more about the conformations of the hosts and host-guest complexes which will allow the group to improve on host design. One practical result from the work is that it will lead to a better understanding of biological chemistry. Chiral compounds are important, especially in biological chemistry. For example, one enantiomer of a chiral drug is useful whereas its enantiomer might be toxic or deadly. Many biological substrates and structures are chiral as well (such as proteins and what they act on or the product of an enzyme catalyzed reaction). By understanding chiral recognition better, we can understand biological chemistry better or biological recognition in general better. Understanding the structures of the hosts and their complexes will contribute to a better understanding of the requirements for selective chiral recognition. The research could also impact the design of sensors for chiral species, the development of catalysts for chiral synthesis and the separations industry (for the separation of chiral substances such as enantiomeric molecules, which would greatly impact the pharmaceutical industry since one enantiomeric of a chiral drug might be toxic and therefore must be isolated and removed from the drug mixture).
Project 3: The Development of Molecular Switches.
A molecular switch is a molecule or set of molecules that will undergo a pre-defined shift between two or more distinct states in response to a specific stimuli. A schematic illustrating the basic concept is below. There is interest in the development of molecular switches for a variety of applications such as in nanotechnology for application in molecular computers (the different states can represent the binary numerical system 0 and 1).
For this project, we will develop synthetic host compounds that contain a mechanism for a switching stimuli that arises from the stereochemistry (3D shape) of a guest which binds to the host. Depending on the absolute stereochemistry of the guest, the host will exist in one of two different conformations; if the host can exist in conformer A and conformer B, when one enantiomer of a guest binds to the porphyrin host, the host will adopt conformer A. When the opposite enantiomer of a guest binds to the host, the host will adopt conformer B. We aim to utilize 19F-NMR, Circular Dichroism (CD), and fluorescence spectroscopy to determine which conformer the host exists in (and hence determine which stereoisomer of guest is bound). If successful, we will be able to determine the absolute stereochemistry of a guest or the stereo composition of a mixture of enantiomers from the 19F-NMR, CD or fluorescence response. This will represent a major advance is chiral discrimination using spectroscopic methods. The knowledge gained from this study will contribute to a better understanding of the requirements for selective chiral recognition. This type of system could find use in the pharmaceutical industry for example for high-throughput enantiopurity determination of chiral pharmaceutical agents.
A student working on any of these projects will be trained in synthetic organic chemistry, including the synthesis, isolation, purification and identification of organic compounds. The student will use techniques such as computational chemistry, NMR, IR, circular dichroism, fluorescence and mass spectrometry to study the systems.
Design and Synthesis of Ionic Liquid-Supported (ILS) Homogeneous Organocatalysts for Asymmetric Reactions
Most of the compounds that pharmaceutical companies make have specific properties in order for them to have biological activity. Even though some of these compounds may look very similar to other compounds and may even have the same molecular formulas, they cannot be superimposed on each other and hence are really different compounds. The human body can recognize such compounds as different and one compound will be biologically active and the other one poisonous. In order to make the desired compound in large excess, specific catalysts are often used. These catalysts have to be carefully designed in order for them to give the desired product in larger quantities, compared to other similar compounds that may be produced in the reaction. An important tool that is often used to gain a rational design of such molecules is to use computer modeling. There are presently some very effective catalysts that are used to accomplish these asymmetric syntheses, but a major problem associated with their use for these asymmetric transformations is that they are not easily recovered and recycled. As a result, large amounts of catalysts are typically used, especially in industry, which poses a serious disposal problem. In this research, new categories of recyclable homogeneous organocatalysts are developed and are very effective in giving desired asymmetric compounds. These organocatalysts are unique in that they contain ionic liquid moieties, which convey a wide range of properties to the catalysts. As a result, these ionic liquid-supported (ILS) organocatalysts are tunable and their properties can be adjusted to meet a wide variety of reaction conditions. The proposed project has three aspects:
- REU students will gain the experience of synthesizing organocatalysts and utilize state-of-the-art instrumentation for their characterization
- Students will utilize newly synthesized organocatalysts to catalyze specific asymmetric reactions of organic chemistry
- Students will utilize the Spartan software to carry out computational modeling studies to assist in the design of effective organocatalysts for these reactions.
Coding theory has traditionally been used for detection and/or correction of errors in noisy communication channels. More recent applications include data storage, data compression, cloud computing and cryptography. Coding theory is an inter-disciplinary subject with connections to computer science, electrical engineering and many branches of mathematics. This research focuses on construction and decoding of error-correcting codes obtained from discrete and algebraic structures.
Robotics and autonomous systems are used in a wide variety of environments and applications such as power line inspection, automotive manufacturing, construction, precision agriculture and emergency rescue. Robotics and autonomous systems combine computing, sensing, communication and actuation to perform a series of intelligent operations in complex and diverse environments. Researchers at A&M-Commerce investigate autonomous driving sensing and perception, human-computer interaction, and motion planning and control.