Students with an adequate background in computer science will complete 30 credits of course work consisting of 9 credits of distribution courses, and 21 credits of elective courses. In addition, within these 30 credits of course work, students must satisfy a project requirement and a programming language requirement.
Students with a background other than computer science may need to complete up to 18 additional credits of core courses. Any of the six required core courses may be waived on the basis of appropriate undergraduate or graduate courses, subject to the approval of the Computer Science graduate coordinator. Students who seek a waiver must submit, after arrival at the university, supporting documentation to the coordinator before or during the student’s first trimester. Only courses with grades of B- or better may be used for waiver purposes. Students are expected to complete the core courses as soon as possible after joining the program.
Required non-core courses cannot be waived, but transfer credit and substitutions may apply. However, this is subject to the university’s 30-credit residency requirement; students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at the university.
Students are placed in the programming sequence by the graduate coordinators. Those with sufficient experience may waive CSCI 6604 , CSCI 6610 and/or CSCI 6620 on the basis of placement exams. A beginning programmer must start with CSCI 6604 . Additionally, students should take CSCI 6642 at the start of the program since this is a core course with no prerequisites.
Before enrolling in any course, students must make sure that they meet the prerequisites for that course (as specified in the course description) either by courses taken as part of the program or by work done outside the program. Normally, a grade of B or better in a prerequisite course will meet our expectations for mastery of the subject. Credit may be denied for a course taken without first satisfying its prerequisites unless prior written approval was obtained from the graduate advisor.