Computer Science, Creative Media Programs

Program Manager: Karen Henry, (505) 287-6656Karen Henry
Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Applied Science in Computer Technology

The Associate Degree in Applied Science in Computer Technology is intended to prepare students for entry-level positions in the Information Technology field. Students will have a solid grasp of all computer components, operating systems and common software programs so they will be able to repair and build computers. They will also be equipped to assist users in the use of the most common software programs used in business today.

Students who complete this degree should have the knowledge to obtain the Comptia A+ and Network + certifications. The average annual salary for a Technician I is $41,000. There are many IT jobs throughout Cibola County that require highly qualified IT personnel. Dedicated workers with this degree will be qualified for employment in our area or anywhere in the country.

Many students have graduated with this degree and are currently working full-time in the IT field. If you like computers, now is a great time to get your degree in Computer Technology at NMSU.

Associate of Applied Science in Creative Media

The Associate Degree in Applied Science in Creative Media is intended to prepare students for entry-level positions in the Graphics Arts field. Students will have a solid grasp of computer graphics used in web design, print publications, video production and editing. Student who complete this degree should have the knowledge to obtain a career in web design, digital graphics art or desktop publishing.

The average annual salary for a graphic designer is $48,437. Many of the classes included in this degree will give students working knowledge of the most common professional software used in business today.

If you like computers and are creative, the ASsociate of Applied Science in Creative Media at NMSU Grants may be right for you.

For more information on either of these degree programs, contact Karen M. Henry at (505) 287-6656 or email kmhenry@nmsu.edu.

Catalog Course List

The first digit in the course number indicates whether the course is a freshman (1xx) or sophomore (2xx) level course. The next two digits indicate the course sequence. The 3 cr. indicates that the course is a 3-credit course. The (2+4P) means that the class meets for two hours per week for recitation or lecture and also requires 4 hours per week of “practice” (laboratory, field work, or other activities). The suffix N denotes that the course credits will not apply to baccalaureate and specified associate degrees. The suffix G denotes that the course meets General Education common core requirements for transfer to other New Mexico institutions of higher education, as established by the New Mexico Higher Education Department. Note that some courses without a G also meet transfer requirements.

Catalog Course List, Computer Science

C S 110. Computer Literacy 3 cr.
Evolution and application of computers; economic and social implications; introduction to programming on microcomputers.

C S 171G. Introduction to Computer Sciences 4 cr. (3+2P)
Computers are now used widely in all area of modern life. This course provides understanding of the theoretical and practical foundations for how computers work, and provides practical application and programming experience in using computers to solve problems efficiently and effectively. The course covers broad aspects of the hardware, software, and mathematical basis of computers. Weekly labs stress using computers to investigate and report on data-intensive scientific problems. Practical experience in major software applications includes an introduction to programming, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, and Internet applications. Prerequisite(s): MATH 120.

C S 187. Java Programming 3 cr. (2+2P)
Programming in the Java language. Prerequisite: 121G. Same as BCS 122.

C S 209. Special Topics. . 1-3 cr.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

OECS 101. Computer Basics 1 cr.
Hands-on instruction to introduce computer use and commonly used software. Graded S/U.

OECS 105. Introduction to Microcomputer Technology 3 cr.
History and impact of computers on the economy and society. Development of basic skills in operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

OECS 110. Introduction to PowerPoint 1 cr.
An introduction to PowerPoint software to develop business presentations. Includes concepts of basic presentation methods and graphic design principles. Students will create and deliver presentations using text, charts, digitized images, and sound. Prerequisites: BCS 110G, C S 110, or OECS 105.

OECS 125. Operating Systems . 1-3 cr.
Installation of current operating systems software, and utilities to include systems configuration, file, and hardware management. Prerequisite: Either BCS 110G, C S 110, or OECS 105

OECS 185. PC Maintenance and Selection I 1-3 cr.
Selecting, installing, configuring, troubleshooting, and maintaining microcomputers and peripheral devices. Prerequisites: BCS 110G, C S 110, or OECS 105.

OECS 195. Java Programming I .1-3 cr.
Developing of skills in programming business systems using the computer language Java. Prerequisite: one semester of any programming course. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

OECS 196. Java Programming II. 1-3 cr.
Continuation of OECS 195. Prerequisite: OECS 195. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

OECS 203. UNIX Operating System . 1-3 cr.
Introduction to the UNIX operating system using Telnet to access a remote UNIX system. Basic UNIX commands and file system concepts. Prerequisite: C S 110, BCS 110G, or OECS 105.

OECS 204. Linux Operating System 1-3 cr.
Install and configure the Linux operating system on X86 systems. Covers issues involved in maintaining operating system, networking, creating and managing users, and installing and updating software. General procedures for working with operating system include maintaining disk space, preserving system security, and other related topics. Prerequisite: C S 110, BCS 110G, or OECS 105.

OECS 207. Windows 1-3 cr.
Windows concepts including program manager, icons, multiple applications and file/disk management. Windows applications introduced. Prerequisite: OECS 105 or BCS 110 or C S 110, or consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits under different subtitles listed in the Schedule of Classes.

OECS 208. Internet Applications. 1-3 cr.
Survey of the Internet to include e-mail, file transfer, current search techniques, the World Wide Web and basic Web page development. Prerequisite: CS 110G, BCS 110G or OECS 105. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

OECS 209. Computer Graphic Arts . 1-3 cr.
Basic graphics composition using computer programs to include editing and manipulating graphic images, clip-art, and printing of pictures. Prerequisite: OECS 105, C S 110, or OECS 101. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits under different subtitles listed in the Schedule of Classes.

OECS 211. Word Processing Applications 1-3 cr.
Basic word processing to include composing, editing, formatting, and printing of documents. Prerequisite: C S 110, BCS 110G, or OECS 105. May be repeated under different subtitles listed in the Schedule of Classes for a maximum of 6 credits. Introduction to the Automated Office 3 cr. Covers applications of integrated business software packages. Same as BOT 210.

OECS 213. Image Processing . 1 cr.
Introduction to digital imaging acquisition and editing. Use of digital cameras and computer graphic software for business and personal use. Prerequisite: C S 110, BCS 110G or OECS 105. Graded S/U.

OECS 214. Creating a Web Page . 1 cr.
Introduction to creating Web pages for business and personal use. Prerequisites: C S 110, BCS 110G, or OECS 105. Graded S/U.

OECS 215. Spreadsheet Applications 1-3 cr.
Use of spreadsheets to include graphics and business applications. Prerequisite: BSC 110G, C S 110, or OECS 105. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

OECS 216. Programming for the Web 3 cr.
Designing web-based applications using HTML and Java, Perl and C programming languages. Prerequisite: one semester of any programming course.

OECS 218. Web Page Programming Support 3 cr.
Languages that support Web page development including HTML, Active X and Java Script. Implementation of forms and style sheets in Web pages also presented. Prerequisite: C S 110, BCS 110G, or OECS 105.

OECS 220. Database Application and Design . 1-3 cr.
Creating, sorting, and searching of single and multifile databases to include report generation and programming database commands. Prerequisite: BCS 110G, C S 110, or OECS 105. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits under different subtitles listed in the Schedule of Classes.

OECS 221. Cooperative Experience I 1-3 cr.
Student employed at approved work site; supervised and rated by employer and instructor. Each credit requires specified number of hours of on-the-job work experience. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Restricted to OECS majors. Graded S/U.

OECS 222. Cooperative Experience II. 1-3 cr.
Continuation of OECS 221. Each credit requires specified number of hours of on-the-job work experience. Prerequisite: OECS 221 and consent of instructor. Restricted to OECS majors. Graded S/U.

OECS 225. Computer Graphics for Business 3 cr.
Programming common computer graphics for business. Creation of computer special effects. Prerequisite: C S 110, BCS 110G, or OECS 105.

OECS 230. Data Communications and Networks I 1-3 cr.
Definition of data communication; survey of hardware applications and teleprocessor software; examination and design of networks. Prerequisites: OECS 185. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

OECS 231. Data Communications and Networks II . 1-3 cr.
Installation and application of popular microcomputer network software. Prerequisite: OECS 230. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

OECS 255. Special Topics . 1-4 cr.
Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes.

OECS 260. Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) 1-3 cr.
Coverage of HTML as used for web-page development for Internet and Intranet. Text manipulation, graphics, hypertext links, lists, and tables. Prerequisite: C S 110, BCS 110G, or OECS 105. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits.

OECS 280. Desktop Publishing 3 cr.
Design and production of publication materials to fill the needs of business communities, using a microcomputer. Prerequisite: C S 110, BCS 110G, or OECS 105. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Same as Bot 280.

OECS 290. Computer Technology Capstone . 1-3 cr.
Refines skills learned in the OECS program. Culminates in a review and practice of advanced software applications. Prerequisites: OECS 125 or OECS 203AND OECS 185OR ET 283). Restricted to majors.

OECS 299. Independent Study. 1-3 cr.
Specific subjects to be determined based on need.

Catalog Course List, Creative Media

CMT 100. Introduction to Visual Communications 3 cr.
Overview of the process of creating a digital product from conception to final implication. Incorporates basic principles of art and design, typography, layout, color, imagery logos and advertising basics.

CMT 110. Introduction to Web Design 1 cr.
Basics of creating a web presence for digital portfolios for personal use.

CMT 120. Introduction to Creative Media 3 cr. (2+2P)
Exploration and discovery of the creative processes through art, music, theater, narrative, and other avenues.

CMT 130. Introduction to Web Design 3 cr. (2+2P)
Introduction to web development techniques, theory, and design. Incorporates HTML and industry-standard web editing software in developing various web sites. Community Colleges only.

CMT 135. Introduction to 3D Computer Animation 3 cr. (2+4P)
Learning to work in a 3D environment. Introduction to the basics of modeling, dynamics, and rendering. Working with polygons, NURBS and subdivisions, and editing in multiple interfaces. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

CMT 140. Print Media I 3 cr. (2+2P)
Creation and design of publications and presentation materials using page layout software. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

CMT 145. Image Processing I 3 cr. (2+2P)
Creation and designing of digital graphics using a raster or bitmap program for use in print, multimedia, video, animation and web. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

CMT 146. Digital Foundations 4 cr. (2+4P)
Accelerated course covering concepts and techniques of industry-stand raster and vector graphics programs with focus on design and application. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits

CMT 150. 2D Animation 3 cr. (2+2P)
Concepts and techniques in storyboarding and creating 2D animations for video, web, and multimedia. Prerequisites: CMT 142 or CMT 146.

CMT 155. Selected Topics 1-4 cr.
Specific titles to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 18 credits. Same as OEGR 155.

CMT 170. History of Film: A Global Perspective 3 cr.
Explores the history of cinema from the earliest 19th century developments to the present digital video revolution. Offers students a broader base of understanding of the tools and methodologies used in their craft.

CMT 180. Principles of Media Design 3 cr. (2+2P)
Techniques and theories of design principles, including layout foundations, logo building, type, color, and story-boarding and their applications to print, web, animation, and video. Prerequisites: CMT 142 or 146.

CMT 190. Digital Video Production I 3 cr. (2+4P)
A hands-on study of the tools and techniques used to produce the independent video. Through the production of various short projects, the student explores how the ideas of the writer/director are translated into a visual story. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

CMT 195. Digital Video Editing I 3 cr. (2+2P)
A study of the basic tools and techniques of non-linear digital video editing May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

CMT 205. Cinematography 3 cr. (2+2P)
Theory and techniques of visual design in cinematography and the aesthetics of lighting. Prerequisite: CMT 180 and CMT 190. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

CMT 210. Digital Video Production II 3 cr.
Advanced techniques of the tools and applications of digital video production. Prerequisite: CMT 190. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

CMT 215. Digital Video Editing II 3 cr. (2+2P)
Advanced features of digital video, audio/music, and titling productions software are covered. Included are color correction, vector scopes, motion effects, and advanced editing techniques used by filmmakers. Prerequisite: CMT 195 or OEGR 210. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

CMT 221. Cooperative Experience 1-3 cr.
Student employed in approved work site; supervised and rated by employer and instructor. Each credit requires specified number of hours on-the-job work experience. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Restricted to majors. Graded S/U. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

CMT 223. Media Production Services . 1-3 cr.
A design studio environment in which students obtain real-world experience while providing service to college and non-profit associations with faculty supervision using a variety of media. Can be used with permission to fulfill cooperative requirement. Prerequisite: CMT 180 or ART 163. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

CMT 230. Web Design II 3 cr. (2+2P)
Creating and managing well-designed, organized web sites using HTML and web development software. Prerequisite: CMT 130. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Same as OEGR 230. Community Colleges only

CMT 255. Special Topics . 1-4 cr.
Specific topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 18 credits.

CMT 275. Advanced Web Techniques 3 cr. (2+2P)
Creating and managing complex web sites using advanced techniques and tools. Prerequisites: CMT 145 and CMT 230. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

CMT 292. Creative Media Studio 3 cr. (2+2P)
A studio environment where students specialize in creating film-festival quality and portfolio-ready projects under the supervision of faculty. Prerequisites: CMT 190 and CMT 195 or CMT 160. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

CMT 295. Professional Portfolio Design and Development. 1-3 cr.
Personalized design and creation of the student’s professional portfolio including hard-copy, demo reel, and online. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Same as OEGR 280.

CMT 298. Independent Study . 1-3 cr.
Individual studies directed by consenting faculty with prior approval of department head. Prerequisite: minimum GPA of 3.0 and sophomore standing. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Same as OEGR 298.