Undergraduate Degree

The Department of Computer Science offers a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science. For advising, please visit the Department of Computer Science office.

Admission

All students seeking admission into the Computer Science undergraduate program must meet the undergraduate admission requirements of the university and the admission requirements of the College of Engineering. For official university requirements, please refer to the University Catalog for the most current university admissions requirements.

Students may be admitted to the College of Engineering in two ways: (1) directly into a major or (2) conditionally admitted.

A student is admitted directly into a major only if all admission criteria are met.

First-time Freshmen – Engineering and Computer Science Majors

First-time freshmen will be evaluated on the basis of the following admission criteria that are applicable for the student:

  • Students must meet the Prairie View A&M University admissions requirements.
  • Students must present a SAT score of 930 (based on combined verbal and math scores only) or higher or a composite ACT score of 19 or higher.
  • Must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Student must be in the top 25 percent of their graduating class.
  • Students must have successfully passed or must be exempt from the THEA exam in all areas.

THEA requirements have no influence on the admission to the University; however students must satisfy this criterion to be admitted to the College of Engineering. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the student’s major status being changed.

As noted, students who meet these criteria will be admitted directly into a major. Those students that do not meet the criteria will need to have their records reviewed by their academic department and be considered on individual merits for conditional admission.

Those first-time freshmen who do not meet the direct admission standards into the College and wish to be considered for conditional admission must meet the following criteria:

First-time Freshmen – Engineering and Computer Science Majors

First-time freshmen will be evaluated on the basis of the following admission criteria that are applicable for the student:

  • Students must meet the Prairie View A&M University admissions requirements.
  • Students must present a minimum SAT score greater than 820 (based on combined verbal and math scores only) or higher or a composite ACT score of 17 or higher.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Student must be in the top 50 percent of their graduating class.

Transfer students include those from other units within Prairie View A&M University as well as those from other educational institutions. Transfer students external to Prairie View A&M University must furnish an official transcript to the Office of Admissions for evaluation of all college level work completed. Transfer students with less than 30 hours of transferable credit are admitted under the criteria for first-time freshmen.

Transfer students with 30 hours or more of transferable credit must meet the following requirements:

  • Students must meet the Prairie View A&M University and the College of Engineering admissions requirements.
  • Must have a ‘C’ or higher in all transfer courses.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in all math, science, and engineering courses.

Students who meet these criteria will be admitted directly into a major. Those students that do not meet the criteria will need to have their records reviewed by their desired academic department and be considered on individual merits for conditional admission.

Ravi Iyengar

See an Advisor

Ravi Iyengar
Instructor and Undergraduate Coordinator

Office: 111J SR Collins
Phone: (936) 261-9875
Email: rniyengar@pvamu.edu

Financial Aid

Prairie View A&M University has the following major financial assistance programs:

  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Stafford Loans
  • Parent Plus Loans
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOGs)
  • Federal/State Work Study
  • Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)
  • Scholarships
  • Texas Grants
  • B-On Time Loans

Financial assistance also available to students in the Computer Science Department as follows:

  • Assistantship for students working with faculty members on grants/contracts.
  • Hourly students work within the Computer Science Department.
  • Hourly work at the Lockheed Martin Corporation storefront for qualified students.
  • Other types of financial assistance.