PAC Course of Study & Requirements
A certificate candidate's courses and thesis must form a coherent plan of study that fulfills both the program requirements and the requirements of the candidate's major department. This planning is done in consultation with the program advisor and the student's academic advisor in the major department. The following are the requirements:
- Prerequisite: COS 126 or permission from placement officer, Chistropher Moretti.
- Two courses from among the following three: COS 217, COS 226, and/or COS 323, which is cross listed with ORF 363. If placement is granted beyond the 217/226 level, then additional COS departmentals must be taken instead.
- One COS departmental at the 300- or 400-level, not including 397, 398, 497, or 498. If requirement (2) is satisfied with COS 217 and 226, then COS 323 does count towards this requirement.
- One additional 300- or 400-level course with substantial computing content. This may be either a second COS departmental, or an outside course including but not limited to:
CBE 422, 442, 448;
ELE 375, 381, 396, 463, 464, 475, 481, 482;
MAE 345, 412, 433;
NEU 314, 437
ORF 301, 307, 309, 311, 350, 363, 417, 467, 523
- A senior thesis on a topic that makes significant use of some aspect of computer science. The intent is that this thesis satisfy the requirements of both the program and the student's major department and is thus necessarily interdisciplinary. A wide range of thesis topics is possible. In the last few years of the program, students have earned certificates with a variety of majors, including anthropology, chemistry, classics, economics, electrical engineering, history, philosophy, and psychology.
A list of recent thesis and project topics is here.
The thesis work is coordinated through the student's thesis advisor in the major department. When this is not possible, the student must complete one additional 300- or 400-level computer science departmental. If you would like to add an additional course instead of the thesis, please follow #6.
Contact Michelle Medici at email@example.com explain why your thesis does not meet the requirements outlined above and the course # that you will take in liu of the thesis. She will respond via email with the course approval notice.
P/D/F policy: Students may use no more than one course taken on a Pass/D/Fail basis to satisfy program requirements.
Concentrators in departments with computer-related concentrations: Students in these departments who are doing a computer-related concentration are not eligible for PAC. Students in these departments who are not in a computer-related concentration are eligible. For example, ELE majors who want to receive the PAC certificate must concentrate in a noncomputational area of ELE (such as circuit design or photonics).
Courses used to satisfy departmental requirements: No courses used for a departmental concentration requirement may satisfy PAC requirements. For example, ELE students may not use ELE 206/COS 306 to satisfy PAC requirements.