Pursuing Coursework in Computer Science
Interested in computer science? Great! The information presented here provides some general guidance that will be useful as you plan your coursework. Keep in mind, however, that this page does not supersede the official catalog entry.
CS 109, 110, 111, and 112 are alternative introductory computer science courses (and entry points into a major or minor). Depending upon your interests, you may take a class that focuses on digital media, or modeling in the natural or social sciences. Take a look at our course descriptions or the recent syllabi below for more information.
CS 110: Discovering Computer Science: Digital Media and Games
CS 173: Intermediate Computer Science
CS 271: Data Structures
CS 281: Introduction to Computer Systems
CS/BIOL 309: Computational Biology
CS 314: Game Design
CS/MATH 334: Theory of Computation
CS/MATH 335: Probability, Computing and Graph Theory
CS/MATH 337: Operations Research
CS 339: Artificial Intelligence
CS 345: Parallel Systems and Programming
CS 371: Algorithm Design and Analysis
CS 372: Operating Systems
CS 375: Computer Networks
Computer Science Major
Students intending to major in Computer Science are strongly encouraged to take an introductory class during their first semester, and Math 123 (Calculus I) during their first year. It is still possible to major in Computer Science if you start the major during your sophomore year, but your options will be more constrained. We offer two-degree options:
The graph below shows the typical course track for the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Arts (yellow), and a minor in Computer Science (green).
Typical Course Schedules for CS Majors
The following tables outline typical course schedules for students pursuing majors in computer science.
BA over three years is presented in the table below:
|Bachelor of arts (3 Years)|
|Sophomore||CS-11X MATH-123||CS-173 CS-234|
A student first taking an intro CS course in the spring of their first year can still earn a BS over 3.5 years. The table below presents an example:
|Bachelor of Science (3.5 Years)|
|Sophomore||CS-173 MATH-123||CS-234 CS-281|
|Junior||CS-181 CS-271||CS-371 Elective|
|Senior||Elective Elective||Elective Elective|
A typical schedule for a four-year BS student could lay out as follows:
|Bachelor of Science (4 Years)|
|First Year||CS-11X MATH-123||CS-234 CS-173|
Computer Science Minor
A minor in computer science requires six courses: a Foundations course (CS 109, 110, 111, or 112), 173, 181, 234, 271, and Math 123.
Computational Sciences Concentration
If you are majoring in another discipline, and are interested in applications of computer science to the natural or social sciences, you should look into the interdisciplinary computational science concentration.