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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, computer graphics, visualization and computer vision, human-computer interaction, big data analytics, and cybersecurity.

Admission Requirements
Admission to the computer science major or minor is not selective; however, progress in the major/minor is dependent upon earning certain grades in prerequisite courses. In order to continue in any CS course a student must receive a C grade or higher in each of the CS courses and a C grade or higher in each of the General Education Academic Writing courses and required Math courses. 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.

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 computer science advisor every term in order to register. Pre-admission students are also encouraged to meet with their designated computer science advisor each term. Advisors and advising times are listed with the CS office

Program Requirements
In addition to the courses listed in the required courses listed in the Program Curriclum, students must complete at least 20 credits of electives. Of these 20, at least 12 must be from CS (excluding CS 490, CS 495, and CS 496).

Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of each of the subject areas that define the discipline as well as the interrelationships that exist among them.

  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize appropriate theoretical constructs for problem solving: definitions, and axioms, theorems, proofs, and interpretation of results.

  • Have the ability to apply basic research methods in computer science.

  • Have the ability to apply appropriate design constructs: requirements analysis and specification, design, implementation, and testing.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of ethical codes and societal issues associated with the computing field.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of recent technological and theoretical developments, general professional standards, and have an awareness of their own strengths and limitations as well as those of the discipline itself.

  • Be aware of the history of computing, including those major developments and trends - economic, scientific, legal, political, and cultural - that have combined to shape the discipline.

  • Have the necessary background for entry into graduate study.

  • Have the ability to communicate effectively.




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