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Declaring Computer Science for BSE'23 Students

What are the prerequisites for the BSE COS concentrators?   

All students concentrating in computer science must take three prerequisite computer science courses: COS 126, COS 217 and COS 226. The math requirement is automatically fulfilled by BSE candidates through their general BSE degree requirements.) All prerequisite courses must be taken for a letter grade, not PDF.  The three prerequisite computer science courses introduce the core concepts and techniques of the field.  All three are offered every semester.
How do I know if Computer Science is a good fit? 
  • Browse the Computer Science website, especially the Undergraduate pages.
  • Why COS?  Advice from the Computer Science Undergraduate Student Council.
  • Review Paths Through the Major.
  • Ask the Undergraduate Program Manager, Colleen Kenny. You are welcome to send an email  


Where can I find answers to my Computer Science questions online?

A great online source is the Undergraduate Program FAQ.


BSE'23 Pre-Concentration Advising Steps:

Due to concerns related to COVID-19, all advising for sophomore sign-in to the Computer Science Department in the Spring 2020 will be processed remotely.   We will be making changes to the steps listed below, so please stop back after the break.

Step 1. 

 Visit the Paths Through the Major to see what courses are recommended for your sophomore year.   In addition, you will find "area focused" paths to review for your area of interest. 

Step 2. 
April 20-24 is your academic advising period. 
If you plan to declare Computer Science as your concentration, and If you have any additional questions, make an appointment in WASE to speak with one of the CS academic advisers:   

Step 3. 
It is now time to select courses for the fall semester.  First-year students will be able to enroll in courses on April  27, 2020 at 7:30 am, ending April 29, 2020 at 11:59 pm.   
Step 4.  Declaring your Concentration 
May 2020 - BSE first-year students indicate their concentration on the Registrar's website.   
                                         Welcome to Computer Science!
Back to Majoring in Computer Science to see requirements for concentrators.
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