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.
Standards for Admission and Continuation
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 above 301 with the exception of 311, a student must receive a B- 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.