Fall 2021 Registration Recommendations
Here are some recommendations for courses to take based on the highest-numbered course you will have completed after spring 2021.
- No Computer Science, or only 112/195
You should sign up for CSCI 125, Software Design & Implementation. In this course, you'll learn the basics of object-oriented programming using the Java programming language. No prior programming experience is assumed. (Note: this course was previously CSCI 225).
If your schedule permits and you have not already taken it, you can also sign up for CSCI 112, Exploring Computer Science (offered both semesters for 2021–22, 2nd half in the fall, 1st half in the spring)
- CSCI 225
You can sign up for CSCI 235, Data Structures & Software Design, or CSCI 245, Programming Language Paradigms. 235 is a continuation of learning to program using Java, while 245 focuses on several other languages, so you'll probably find it easier to continue on with 235. It's not recommended that you sign up for both of these courses at the same time, however. 245 is only offered in the fall semester, while 235 will also be offered in the spring.
If your schedule permits and you have not already taken it, you should also sign up for CSCI 112, Exploring Computer Science (offered both semesters for 2021-22, 2nd half in the fall, 1st half in the spring)
- Csci 235
You should sign up for CSCI 245, Programming Language Paradigms. You can also consider signing up for CSCI 255, Introduction to Algorithms & Discrete Structures. Some students have found it difficult to complete both of these courses concurrently, while others have been successful doing so. You should talk with your advisor or any computer science faculty member who knows you to help you decide what's best for you.
Both CSCI 354 (Operating Systems), and CSCI 361 (Programming Language Design & Implementation), require both CSCI 235 and CSCI 245 as pre-requisites, so if you need to take one of these in Spring 2022, you'll need to ensure you've completed both pre-requisite classes. Both CSCI 354 and and CSCI 361 will be offered again in Spring 2024.
You can also pair CSCI 112, Exploring Computer Science (offered both semesters for 2021-22, 2nd half in the fall, 1st half in the spring) with CSCI 235.
- CSCI 245
You should take CSCI 255, Introduction to Algorithms & Discrete Structures. You can also sign up for CSCI 112, Exploring Computer Science if you have not yet had that course.
You can consider taking one of the 300-level courses (CSCI 336, Computer & Network Security, and CSCI 392, Database Systems) in addition to 255, but you might find this challenging. Talk with your academic advisor or a computer science faculty member who knows you to decide if this would be a good idea for you. If you plan to graduate in before Fall 2023, you will need to take them in Fall 2021 since they are every other year courses.
- Completed all 200-level courses
If you haven't yet completed CSCI 112, Exploring Computer Science, you must do so before completing any of the 300-level courses.
- Students planning to graduate during the 2021–22 academic year
- You must sign up for CSCI 481, Senior Project Seminar I. You will also be required to take CSCI 482, Senior Project Seminar II.
In addition to our regularly scheduled classes, CSCI 295-01, Programming the Raspberry Pi with Python, will be offered. Contact Dr. Jipping (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about this course.
We also recommend these courses from other departments if you have room in your schedule:
Have questions not covered here?
Please discuss them with your academic advisor — or if you're not a declared major, talk with any computer science faculty member.
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