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Computer Science

Programs Admission Requirements

In order to expose computer science majors to a broad theoretical base while emphasizing the laboratory experience, students will complete the CS core courses. To add depth and flexibility to their academic programs, with major advisor, students will work out a focus area and choose the elective courses approved by the department.  A specific focus may be developed in many areas of computer science; examples include: software engineering, intelligent systems, computational science, graphics, visualization and computer vision, human-computer interaction, big data analytics cybersecurity. General university requirements ENG 101 and ENG 102.

Standards for Admission
Admission to the computer science major or minor is selective. The minimum grade for each pre-admission required course listed below is B-. Students should submit their application during the quarter in which they are completing the pre-admission requirements. Applications will be accepted through the last day of classes (i.e., the week before finals) of the fall, winter, and spring quarters for admission the following quarter. A completed application must include the standard major application form and an advisor-approved graduation plan.

Students should request admission to the computer science pre-major prior to completion of the pre-admission requirements.
Students must be accepted as a computer science major or minor prior to enrolling in computer science classes beyond CS 301 with the exception of CS 311. Students applying for admission to the major may register for courses for the following quarter but will be dropped if not admitted.

The computer science department believes that advising is one of the keys to success in an undergraduate program. To that end, majors and minors are required to meet with a faculty advisor every term in order to register. Pre-majors are also encouraged to meet with their designated faculty advisor each term. Advisors and advising times are listed with the CS office.

CS 325 is required for admission to all 400 level computer science courses with the exception of CS 490 and CS 492.

Pre-Admission Requirements

General University RequirementsCredits
ENG 101, Composition I: Critical Reading and Responding4
ENG 102, Composition II: Reasoning and Research4
Major Requirements 
CS 110, Fundamentals of Computer Science I4
CS 111, Fundamentals of Computer Science II4
CS 301, Data Structures4
MATH 172, Calculus I5
Pre-admission Total       25