Our new requirements are built on a collection of pathways, each representing a well defined area within computer science. Concentrators interested in particular areas might choose the courses included in particular pathways. Conversely, concentrators who are unsure of their areas of interest but who have particularly enjoyed certain courses might choose pathways that include these courses.
The total number of courses required for the two concentrations remains the same as they were with the old requirements. There are no changes to the calculus prereq or the intro courses. Intermediate courses are now grouped into three categories. The systems-oriented category remains unchanged, but we've expanded the math-oriented category into two: math and fundamentals. The former includes linear algebra, probability and statistics, and multi-variable calculus; the latter includes discrete math and theory of computation. AB students must take three courses from at least two of the categories; ScB students must take five courses from all three of the categories -- this requirement subsumes the math requirement of the old concentration requirements.
Each pathway specifies a number of core courses, a collection of related courses, and up to three mandatory intermediate courses. Completing a pathway entails taking at least one core course, another core or related course, and the mandatory intermediate courses. AB students must complete one pathway; ScB students must complete two pathways. Additional 1000-level courses are required as needed to get to nine courses for the AB and fifteen courses for the ScB.
The following links state the requirements for each concentration in detail:
How and when do I switch to the new requirements?
We are currently getting the new requirements built into ASK. That will be done by the start of January. Once that system is in place, we will send instructions to all about how to declare, and how to switch to the new requirements (for those who choose to do so).
- If you have previously declared CS within ASK and want to switch to the new requirements, wait until January.
- If you have NOT yet declared CS within ASK, wait until January to declare if you can.
- If you need to declare now, but still plan to use the new requirements, fill in your ASK declaration using the courses that you will apply to the new requirements. Your advisor can approve them, putting a note in your ASK record that you intend to do the new requirements (we'll help you move your declaration to the new requirements in January).
- If you want to make changes to an existing concentration but aren't planning to switch to the new requirements, just do what you usually do to update your declaration in ASK.