The following are general guidelines to help freshman and sophomore computer science majors select courses for an upcoming semester. You may need to adjust these recommendations if you will be taking summer classes. Consult the Undergraduate Catalog for course descriptions and prerequisites. You may also wish to check our list of anticipated course offerings by semester.
This information is valid for students pursuing the BS degree in computer science. If you are in the BA program, see your advisor for assistance.
1. Computer Science. Use the following table to determine your next computer science course:
|Taking now||Take next semester|
|CS 1010||CS 2010|
|CS 2010||CS 2020 and CS 2170|
|CS 2020 and CS 2170||CS 3010, CS 3540, CS 3270, or CS 3350|
|CS 2020 and not CS 2170||CS 2170 and (CS 3010 or CS 3540)|
Check with your advisor if you don't see your situation in the list above. The following are helpful electives for internship positions: CS 3140 (Web Applications Development), CS 3160 (Windows Application Development) and CS 3600 (COBOL).
2. Mathematics. Use the following table to determine your next mathematics courses if you are NOT a mathematics minor or joint major. See your advisor to choose a mathematics course if you are a mathematics minor or joint major. For calculus, MATH 1340-1350 (each 3 hours) is recommended as an alternative to the 5-hour MATH 1310.
|Taking now||Take next semester|
|MATH 0950||MATH 1210 (3 hours)|
|MATH 1210||MATH 1220 (3 hours)|
|MATH 1220||MATH 1280 (5 hours) or 1300 (3 hours)|
|MATH 1280 or 1290 or 1300||MATH 2220 (3 hours)|
|MATH 2220||MATH 1340 or 1310|
|MATH 1340||MATH 1350 (3 hours)|
|MATH 1310 or 1350||MATH 2470* (3 hours)|
*STAT 2110 and 2120 may be used in place of MATH 2470.
Well-qualified students may use the following substitutions: MATH 3220 for MATH 2220; MATH 3130 for MATH 2470.
3. English. You must finish GSW 1120 before the end of your sophomore year. Therefore, you should register for GSW 1120 in the semester after you complete GSW 1100 or GSW 1110. It is recommended that you complete GSW 1120 before you enroll in a literature course (1 literature course is required).
4. Foreign Language . If you are now in a language course, you should definitely continue with the next course in the sequence. If you are not certain which course comes next, see your advisor or your current language instructor. For all languages, the most common sequence is numbered 1010, 1020, 2010, and 2020. If you have not already begun your foreign language study, you should consider beginning next semester. See your advisor if you need help. If you have satisfied the foreign language requirement by taking four years of one language in high school, then you must take one international perspective course as either Humanities or Social Sciences. The complete list of courses that satisfy the international perspective requirement is found on your printed degree audit and in the Arts and Sciences Student Handbook.
5. Natural Science. Continue with your science if you are currently enrolled in a course. You are required to take a complete sequence in the same science. This requirement is normally completed during the sophomore year. You may choose from specific sequences in biology, chemistry, geology, or physics, but make sure the sequence you select is allowed for the B.S. degree. Many computer science majors take PHYS 2010-2020 or PHYS 2110-2120.
6. Social Science. You must complete four social science courses before graduation. If you need additional hours to complete your schedule, you could consider a social science course. The list of courses that satisfy this requirement is found on your degree audit and in the Arts and Sciences Student Handbook . You must take one cultural diversity course as either Humanities or Social Sciences.
7. Humanities. You must complete four humanities courses before graduation, including at least one literature course and at least one fine arts course. If you need additional hours to complete your schedule, you could consider a humanities course. The list of courses that satisfy this requirement is found on your degree audit and in the Arts and Sciences Student Handbook. You must take one cultural diversity course as either Humanities or Social Sciences.
8. Computers and Society. You must complete one of the following courses as part of your computer science major: CS 3000, PHIL 3440, LEGS 4230, TCOM 4750. PHIL 3440 applies to the humanities requirement. This option is normally completed in the junior year, but can be taken sooner. CS 3000 is offered online in the summer; many CS students find this to be a convenient way to meet this requirement.
9. Electives. If you are interested in a minor in a business-related area, you might want to take ACCT 2210 next semester. Technical writing (ENG 3880) is another recommended elective.