Unlike most universities, UT Austin does not have one overarching honors college or program but, instead, offers 10 honors programs that vary according to academic emphasis:
- Canfield Business Honors Program
- Engineering Honors Program
- Turing Scholars Program (computer science)
- Dean’s Scholars Program (scientific research)
- Health Science Scholars
- Polymathic Scholars (science plus interdisciplinary)
- Human Ecology Honors (family studies and relationships)
- Plan II Honors (core and multidisciplinary, one of the oldest and most distinguished programs in the nation)
- Liberal Arts Honors (LAH) (core liberal arts);
- and, recently, the Computer Science and Business (CSB) joint honors program.
“Texas CSB provides a rigorous four-year undergraduate curriculum aimed at preparing students for top technology careers. The Texas CSB offers distinct benefits for students looking toward careers in today’s tech-focused business world. University leaders anticipate that it will attract high-achieving students with strong quantitative and technical skills from across the nation. The program is a particularly attractive opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs and for students interested in data and marketing analytics, financial engineering, and leadership roles in tech companies.”
(Here is an excellent “inside” guide to UT’s honors programs.)
Rest assured that the selection process is extremely rigorous. The CSB will have to approximate the standards of the Turing Scholars Program and the Business Honors Program. “Turing denies 85% of valedictorian applicants. That means it’s especially important that you demonstrate a breadth and depth of commitment in computer-related activities.” The average SAT for the BHP is north of 1500; the same is true for CSB. Only about 12% of applicants gain admission to the BHP.
“Our top-ranked faculty push students to think outside the box and learn the varied business and computer science disciplines,” according to the website. “The curriculum is comprised of 44 classes, taken with 30-40 students, exposing students to all facets of business and computer science.
Most students in the CSB will have to take about 17 credits each term and enroll in at least one summer session to complete the program in four years. The CSB curriculum alone appears to be almost full-time. Here is a link to a sample course sequence for all four years. It is not for the faint-hearted.
Below is a list of courses required of CSB students.
Computer Science Courses
Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science (CS 311H)
Algorithms & Complexity (CS 331H)
Data Structures (CS 314H)
Computer Organization & Architecture (CS 429H)
Principles of Computer Systems (CS 439H)
Matrices or Linear Algebra (M 340L/SDS 329C)
Introduction to Probability & Statistics (SDS 321)
Computer Science Upper Division Electives
Advanced Calculus Sequence (408C and 408D)
Traditional Calculus Sequence (408N, 408S, and 408M)
Business Communications (BA 324H)
Financial Accounting (ACC 311H) and Managerial Accounting (ACC 312H)
Introduction to Information Technology Management (MIS 301H)
Statistics & Modeling (STA 371H)
Corporate Finance (FIN 357H)
Operations Management (OM 335H)
Organizational Behavior (MAN 336H)
Introduction to Marketing (MKT 337H)
Business Law (LEB 323H)
Innovation & Entrepreneurship (MAN 327H)
General Management & Strategy (MAN 374H)
Microeconomics (ECO 304K)
Macroeconomics (ECO 304L)
Human Behavior (ANT/PSY/SOC)
Business Upper Division Electives
In addition, students must complete the university core curriculum, including courses in government, history, and composition.
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