The growing utility of computers in research and education, as well as the increased impact of computers on our modern society, strongly implies that knowledge of computers and their capabilities should be a part of the basic education of all students. The objective of the undergraduate curriculum in computer science is to develop professionally competent, broadly educated computer scientists who wish to pursue professional careers or graduate studies leading to research or academic careers.
Recent curriculum changes (effective Fall 2013): We have updated our curriculum to increase the flexibility of our core requirements. We have also added an "interdisciplinary track" to our degree program. For a summary of these changes, view this handout.
High School Preparation: In addition to general University admission requirements, pre-college preparation should include as many computer science courses as possible, and four years of high school mathematics, to include algebra, trigonometry and pre-calculus. Also recommended are physics, chemistry and biology.
Admission to Computer Science
Admission to computer science courses varies according to course level and other departmental standards. However, students must have completed all prerequisite courses with a grade of at least a "C-".
Most 100- and 200-level courses are open on a first-come, first-served basis to all students who have the prerequisites.
Admission to 300-level or above courses requires successful completion of the prerequisites.
Completed change of major forms along with college transcripts must be turned in to the department when declaring computer science as a major or minor.