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  • I'm Offically Done: TESU BA Computer Science and Math

    I had earned my initial BA in the 1990s in a field not related to my job in IT. Then in 2015, the executives at work decided they wanted a complete reorg and focus on higher-level IT work. I sensed there would be an attempted culling of the herd, but this scary change also presented an opportunity for me to finally make the final step towards the technical IT glass ceiling of IT architect work. I came to this forum in December of 2015 and initially was deciding between BSBA:CIS and BA CS. I couldn't do an MSCS because I lacked the prereqs. At the time, I thought the competition for the executive ranks was too much (many MBA holders never used their degrees before retirement) and I didn't have the political connections (yet) to make it work which meant no grad school. So I went with the more technical degree and asked TESU to change my major from BSBA:CIS to BA CS. I got the promotion at work with the "anticipated degree Dec 2016" verbiage even though BSCS was a requirement and my HR is a real stickler for meeting minimum qualifications.

    The degree plan is in my signature, but I'll just go over the hardest parts. First, I needed 24 new credits in each AOS (48 total) although 12 of them can overlap (9 AOS, 3 capstone). Second, it wasn't obvious how to avoid taking expensive UL courses at TESU. I had tuition reimbursement, but it wasn't enough cover everything. I decided to use the now-defunct enrolled options plan to remove any ambiguity about having to pay the residency waiver fee. I ultimately ended up taking four courses from TESU and could have taken a fifth course if APU hadn't included the expensive e-textbook for free. I wasted a bit of time on GE by taking the CLEP A&I Lit, all of the free ACE courses, and was planning to take speech before one of the TESU advisors told me that I was waived from GE and they plugged in all the holes with random courses. I took the TECEPS in Networking, CIS-107, and Applied Lib Arts Math to make my transcript look better and as part of my original plan to do the 8 TECEPs (now defunct since I went with Enrolled Option).

    On the computer science side, I was flabbergasted to find out from degreeforum that MIS and System Analysis counted towards CS. I'm not one to turn down a gift horse, so I passed the DSST in MIS and the CSU Global CBE in System Analysis. I figured I can take a CS MOOC or two later in my life to make up for using business MIS courses in CS. That left 3 UL courses. I tried looking for cheap sources of credit that would count as UL, but I did not have much luck. I decided to take Computer Architecture and the lib arts capstone at TESU. That left 2 UL courses left. Then somebody on degreeforum mentioned that CIS-344 Cybersecurity DSST autopopulated the CS what-if even though the TEEX equivalent (which I had taken) did not autopopulate. I passed the DSST cybersecurity and it went into the UL part of my AOS in CS. I appreciated that nugget since it saved me a whole bunch of money. I already took all of the CS LL courses during my first BA or post-BA/pre-2015. That left one UL course left, which I would deal with later.

    I saw that a few people on the forum succeeded in earning the TESU math degree. I might ride the data science horse later on, so I thought it could be useful to bag the math degree now. TESU does not grant 3rd BA degrees, so this was my last shot via a double major. edX had three ACE ACP courses on differential equations in 2016 that counted towards UL in math. I realized it was possible to earn a math degree with the huge help from edX if I could remember the calculus. So I retook Calc 1 and Calc 2 at SL. It took 6 weeks to get through both refresher courses. And those two SL courses gave me 8 new credits at TESU towards the 24. The extra credits from 4 credit courses made up for the 2.66 credit math courses I had. Next, I took two of the three differential equations course. I ordered the verified certificate from edX, passed both courses, and then sent in the ACE request to edX. I took calc 3 (UL) during my first BA. I took the ALEKS statistics as a refresher for $20 to get 3 new AOS credits in case I needed it later and threw in intermediate algebra, college algebra, elementary algebra, and precalc even though I didn't need them and they don't count in the math AOS. That left two TESU math courses and one APU math course, which I got work to pay for. I took College Geometry and Mathematical Modeling from TESU. The APU linear algebra course counted towards both math and the last UL CS requirement. And that was it. I'm at the finish line.

    Exactly two months after I applied for graduation, I finally got the graduation letters in the mail. Two letters for each AOS. Now it's official. I'm done.
    TESU BA CS and Math (graduated December 2016)
    Courses/exams for both BA Computer Science and BA Mathematics: SL Calc 1, SL Calc 2, APU Linear algebra, TESU capstone
    Courses/exams for BA Computer Science: TESU Computer Architecture, DSST MIS, DSST cybersecurity, CSU-Global System Analysis, rest B&M courses from the past
    Courses/exams for BA Mathematics: TESU College Geometry, TESU Mathematical Modeling, edX differential equations (2 courses), rest B&M courses from the past

  • #2
    Very impressive! Congrats.

    As always, I'm happy to see so many of these threads lately
    Working on: BS IT-Sec, WGU (79/123 CUs complete)

    BA Psychology, Thomas Edison State, 2016
    AA Sociology, community college, 2015
    Linux+, LPIC-1 Linux Admin, Security+, Network+, A+, and CIW Site Development Associate certified
    BA completed using community college, Competency-Based Education (via Patten University - would not recommend),, Coopersmith Career Consulting (via Tor College Credits), TESU courses, and a handful of free ACE-recommended credits. See my full BA path here! BS being completed by Competency-Based Education (via WGU - would recommend!)

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    • #3
      Goal: BA Psychology


      Credit Sources


      • #4
        Wow I am very impressed! Great read! Congrats!
        "I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion."~ Henry David

        BA Humanities - TESC
        AAS Construction and Facilities Support - TESC
        AA Interior Design - MCC
        AA LS - MCC
        Certificate Interior Design - MCC
        Certificate Management - MCC


        • #5
          Awesome, congrats!
          TESU BSBA/GenMgmt, Graduation approved for March 2017
          CR Sources: 75cr(StraighterLine), 15cr(Saylor), 6cr(ALEKS), 6cr(Kaplan, TESU), 12cr(PF), 6cr(CLEP)


          • #6
            Congratulations! Well done!
            BA, MA, EdS, MMT, etc.
            83 hours of ACE-worthy credits


            • #7

              Awesome news! Strong work, I so admire overachievers! Congratulations!!
              "Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan." -Tom Landry

              AAS, Admin Studies. 2010
              BA, Social Sciences. 2010. Arnold Fletcher Award.
              AAS, Environmental, Safety & Security Technologies. 2011
              BSBA, General Management. 2011. Arnold Fletcher Award. Sigma Beta Delta (ΣΒΔ)!


              • #8
                Awesome job; you're inspiring!
                just a gal who decided to go for it - goal: TESU BSBA Accounting - 93/120
                CLEP: A&I Lit, College Math, Intro Socio, Intro Psych, Human G&D, US His I&II, Social Sci & His, Princ of Mgmt; Saylor: College Algebra, Intro Molecular Biology, Princ of Marketing, Intro Comp Politics; Personal Finance, Princ of Finance, Financial Acc, Advanced Acc, Intro Managerial Acc, Applied Managerial Acc, CIS-102, Macroeco, Biz Law, Intro Comp; Other: Ethics Institutes, Cyber 101 & 301 Teex, Intro Stats Aleks, BUS421 Tecep, ED4 Microeco; Up Next: Saylor Biz Comm, SL Intro Comm, SL Financial Acc


                • #9
                  VERY Impressive. Awesome to see another BACS grad!!!!
                  Accepted to Georgia Tech's Online MSCS program for Fall 2016.
                  TESU BA Comp Sci completed. 51 units completed in 20 months.
                  TECEP:Env Ethics (2015); TESU PLA:Software Eng, Computer Arch, C++, Advanced C++, Data Struct (2015); TESU Courses:Capstone, Database Mngmnt Sys, Op Sys, Artificial Intel, Discrete Math, Intro to Portfolio Dev, Intro PLA (2014-16); DSST:Intro to Anthro, Pers Fin, Intro Astronomy (2014); CLEP:Intro to Soc (2014); to Computers (2014); CC: 69 units (1980-88)
                  PLA Tips Thread - TESU: What is in a Portfolio?


                  • #10
                    Congrats! Good job! That's a lot of education going on... *silly grin*
                    Please create a wikia page with your courses to help future BA CS seekers.
                    Or if you want, list the courses in a spreadsheet and attach it to the thread.
                    Thanks! Again, congrats on a job well done, amazing academic achievements!
                    TESU ASNSM Biology, ASBA/BSBA General Management (ACBSP Accredited in 2017)

                    2017 BSBA General Management Spreadsheet (using mainly SL/
                    DegreeForum's Community-Supported Wiki

                    1. The Basic Approach - Online Education Guide
                    2. Beginners Guide To Getting Cheap/Fast College Credit
                    3. How/When To Start? Start Now For Cheap!
                    4. Several Sources Of Cheap Credit
                    5. The Spreadsheet - Track Your Progress - Reference Tool
                    6. The ABCs - A, CBD, E, F, G - Accreditation, Competency Based Degree, Evaluation, Fees, GPA
                    7. Overwhelmed - Too Long Didn't Read - Just Help Me Please, Step By Step!

                    Sources of Credit - Davar, Saylor,, and Alternatives
                    FREE Sources of Credit (used for free electives)

                    View my profile "About Me" for Quick info on TESU BALS/BSBA Bachelors Degree in 1200 hours (120 days or 4 months)
                    Note: Read the entire Wiki guide to review TESU equivalency course list & links for CLEP/DSST/SL/


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                      • #12
                        Great educational journey - congrats!!
                        BA.SS: TESU '17
                        AA.LS, with Honors: CC '16
                        CHW Certification: CC '15
                        ΦΘΚ, Alumna Member

                        "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."― Confucius

                        B&M University: '92-'95
                        CC: '95-'16
                        CLEP: A&I Lit; '08
                        DSST: HTYH; '08
                        FEMA: unusable at TESU
                        IIA: Ethics & CPCU; '15
                        Kaplan: PLA course; '14,
                        NFA: 2 CR; '15
                        SOPHIA: Intro Soc; '15
                        Straighterline: US History II, Intro Religion, Bus. Ethics, Prin. Mgmt, Cult. Anthro, Org Behavior, American Gov't, Bus. Comm; '15
               Social Psych, Hist of Vietnam, Abnorm Psych, Research Methods in Psych, Classroom Mgmt, Ed Psych; '16
                        TECEP: Psych of Women, Tech Writing, Med Term, Nutrition, Eng Comp I; '16
                        TESU: BA.SS Capstone course; '16

                        Ended with a total of 170 undergrad credits (plus lots of CEUs). My "I'm finally done" thread.


                        • #13
                          "I dwell in Possibility." Emily Dickinson / "By perseverance the snail reached the ark." C. Spurgeon / "Feel the fear and do it anyway." S. Jeffers
                          2011-2012 CLEP Intro Psych - 75 / Human Growth & Dev. - 69 / Intro to Ed Psych - 72 / American Lit - 80 / A & I Lit - 75 / English Lit - 73
                          2012-2013 STRAIGHTERLINE Eng Comp I - 95.3% Pass / Eng Comp II - 97.5% Pass
                          2014 EC/UEXCEL Abnormal Psych - A / Social Psych - A / Psych of Adulthood & Aging - A / Foundations of Gerontology - A / Info Lit - Pass
                          2015 BYU Online Sport Psych - A / DSST Substance Abuse - 470 / Intro World Religions - 481 / Here's To Your Health - 465 / Tor College HIS 301 - 81% Pass
                          2016 EC LA498 Capstone - A

                          1991 AA Liberal Arts USNY Regents College
                          2016 BSLA Magna Cum Laude Excelsior College - A five year journey COMPLETED!
                          2017 Am Lit - Certificate


                          • #14


                            TESC - BSBA: CIS

                            Current Degree Plan
                            Complete: TECEP Eng Comp I, Marriage and Family, Strategic Management, Networking, Computer Concepts, Liberal Math, Tech Writing DSST MIS, Cybersecurity
                            Remaining: Macroeconomics, Managerial Accounting


                            • #15
                              BA in Liberal Studies TESU December 2016