CS Course Guidesheet 2015-16

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These suggested course tracks are based on undergraduate requirements from the class entering in the 2015-16 academic year. These are only suggestions, refer to the University Bulletin for the official requirements for each major.

For archived requirements refer to the University Bulletin. Select desired year in the bottom left-hand corner under, "Bulletin Archive" and then the area of study.

For more information on graduate-level requirements go here.

Please make note of Pre- or Co-requisites

Limited Programming Experience and need Preparation for Calculus

Your schedule over four years may vary considerably from this sample but you must observe course prerequisites. The flowchart for required courses in CS shows which courses must precede others.

Students are encouraged to vary this schedule depending on their interests and the CS advisor will be happy to discuss alternatives. 

Students with AP credit for Gened courses and a strong CS background may take CS 120 and CS 140 in the first semester. Students without prior programming experience should take CS 110 in Fall and either CS 120 or CS 140 in the Spring. Please consult a CS advisor before attempting CS 120 and CS 140 together.

For students with Programming Experience and Calculus Ready 

Year 1

Fall - 17 Credits 

Social Science/Humanities Elective - These courses should be selected to fulfill the General Education Composition (C), Global Interdependencies (G), Pluralism (P), Aesthetics (A), Humanities (H), Social Science (N) and Physical Activity/Wellness (Y, S or B) requirements. Students who have not earned an 85 or higher in a NYS foreign language Regents exam must complete one semester of a foreign language. One Free Elective must be in Liberal Arts & Science. At most 2 credits of Physical Activity/Wellness can be counted as free elective credit. 

Spring - 16 Credits 

Social Sciences/Humanities Elective - These courses should be selected to fulfill the General Education Composition (C), Global Interdependencies (G), Pluralism (P), Aesthetics (A), Humanities (H), Social Science (N) and Physical Activity/Wellness (Y, S or B) requirements. Students who have not earned an 85 or higher in a NYS foreign language Regents exam must complete one semester of a foreign language. One Free Elective must be in Liberal Arts & Science. At most 2 credits of Physical Activity/Wellness can be counted as free elective credit. 

Science - Must have a science sequence and one other L course, see Bulletin for details

Year 2

Fall - 16 Credits

Social Sciences/Humanities Elective - These courses should be selected to fulfill the General Education Composition (C), Global Interdependencies (G), Pluralism (P), Aesthetics (A), Humanities (H), Social Science (N) and Physical Activity/Wellness (Y, S or B) requirements. Students who have not earned an 85 or higher in a NYS foreign language Regents exam must complete one semester of a foreign language. One Free Elective must be in Liberal Arts & Science. At most 2 credits of Physical Activity/Wellness can be counted as free elective credit. 

 Science - Must have a science sequence and one other L course, see Bulletin for details 

OR

OR

Spring - 16 Credits 

Science - Must have a science sequence and one other L course, see Bulletin for details 

Year 3

Fall - 16 Credits 

Social Sciences/Humanities Elective - These courses should be selected to fulfill the General Education Composition (C), Global Interdependencies (G), Pluralism (P), Aesthetics (A), Humanities (H), Social Science (N) and Physical Activity/Wellness (Y, S or B) requirements. Students who have not earned an 85 or higher in a NYS foreign language Regents exam must complete one semester of a foreign language. One Free Elective must be in Liberal Arts & Science. At most 2 credits of Physical Activity/Wellness can be counted as free elective credit. 

Spring - 16 Credits 

Free Elective

Social Sciences/Humanities Elective - These courses should be selected to fulfill the General Education Composition (C), Global Interdependencies (G), Pluralism (P), Aesthetics (A), Humanities (H), Social Science (N) and Physical Activity/Wellness (Y, S or B) requirements. Students who have not earned an 85 or higher in a NYS foreign language Regents exam must complete one semester of a foreign language. One Free Elective must be in Liberal Arts & Science. At most 2 credits of Physical Activity/Wellness can be counted as free elective credit. 

Year 4

Fall - 16 Credits

Computer Science Elective

Computer Science Elective

Free Elective

Spring - 14 Credits 

Computer Science Elective 

Computer Science Elective

Free Elective

Free Elective (Physical Activity/Wellness) - These courses should be selected to fulfill the General Education Composition (C), Global Interdependencies (G), Pluralism (P), Aesthetics (A), Humanities (H), Social Science (N) and Physical Activity/Wellness (Y, S or B) requirements. Students who have not earned an 85 or higher in a NYS foreign language Regents exam must complete one semester of a foreign language. One Free Elective must be in Liberal Arts & Science. At most 2 credits of Physical Activity/Wellness can be counted as free elective credit. 

 

 
For students with Limited Programming Experience and need Preparation for Calculus

Your schedule over four years may vary considerably from this sample but you must observe course prerequisites. The flowchart for required courses in CS shows which courses must precede others.

Students are encouraged to vary this schedule depending on their interests and the CS advisor will be happy to discuss alternatives. 

Students without prior programming experience should take CS 110 in Fall and either CS 120 or CS 140 in the Spring— visit the CS advisor before attempting CS 120 and CS 140 together. (CS 110 counts as a free elective)

Year 1

Fall - 17 Credits 

Social Science/Humanities Elective - These courses should be selected to fulfill the General Education Composition (C), Global Interdependencies (G), Pluralism (P), Aesthetics (A), Humanities (H), Social Science (N) and Physical Activity/Wellness (Y, S or B) requirements. Students who have not earned an 85 or higher in a NYS foreign language Regents exam must complete one semester of a foreign language. One Free Elective must be in Liberal Arts & Science. At most 2 credits of Physical Activity/Wellness can be counted as free elective credit.  

Spring - 16 Credits 

Social Sciences/Humanities Elective - These courses should be selected to fulfill the General Education Composition (C), Global Interdependencies (G), Pluralism (P), Aesthetics (A), Humanities (H), Social Science (N) and Physical Activity/Wellness (Y, S or B) requirements. Students who have not earned an 85 or higher in a NYS foreign language Regents exam must complete one semester of a foreign language. One Free Elective must be in Liberal Arts & Science. At most 2 credits of Physical Activity/Wellness can be counted as free elective credit. 

Science - Must have a science sequence and one other L course, see Bulletin for details. 

Year 2

Fall - 16 Credits 

Social Sciences/Humanities Elective - These courses should be selected to fulfill the General Education Composition (C), Global Interdependencies (G), Pluralism (P), Aesthetics (A), Humanities (H), Social Science (N) and Physical Activity/Wellness (Y, S or B) requirements. Students who have not earned an 85 or higher in a NYS foreign language Regents exam must complete one semester of a foreign language. One Free Elective must be in Liberal Arts & Science. At most 2 credits of Physical Activity/Wellness can be counted as free elective credit.  

Free Elective - These courses should be selected to fulfill the General Education Composition (C), Global Interdependencies (G), Pluralism (P), Aesthetics (A), Humanities (H), Social Science (N) and Physical Activity/Wellness (Y, S or B) requirements. Students who have not earned an 85 or higher in a NYS foreign language Regents exam must complete one semester of a foreign language. One Free Elective must be in Liberal Arts & Science. At most 2 credits of Physical Activity/Wellness can be counted as free elective credit. 

OR

OR

 

Spring - 16 Credits 

Science - Must have a science sequence and one other L course, see Bulletin for details. 

Year 3

Fall - 16 Credits 

Science -  

Spring - 16 Credits 

Social Sciences/Humanities Elective - These courses should be selected to fulfill the General Education Composition (C), Global Interdependencies (G), Pluralism (P), Aesthetics (A), Humanities (H), Social Science (N) and Physical Activity/Wellness (Y, S or B) requirements. Students who have not earned an 85 or higher in a NYS foreign language Regents exam must complete one semester of a foreign language. One Free Elective must be in Liberal Arts & Science. At most 2 credits of Physical Activity/Wellness can be counted as free elective credit. 

Year 4

Fall - 16 Credits 

Computer Science Elective

Computer Science Elective

Free Elective

Spring - 14 Credits 

Computer Science Elective

Computer Science Elective 

Free Elective

Social Science/Humanities - These courses should be selected to fulfill the General Education Composition (C), Global Interdependencies (G), Pluralism (P), Aesthetics (A), Humanities (H), Social Science (N) and Physical Activity/Wellness (Y, S or B) requirements. Students who have not earned an 85 or higher in a NYS foreign language Regents exam must complete one semester of a foreign language. One Free Elective must be in Liberal Arts & Science. At most 2 credits of Physical Activity/Wellness can be counted as free elective credit.  

Flow Chart 1

Flow Chart 2

Supplemental Information

The following information supplements that provided in the University Bulletin. It applies to students who matriculated Fall 2015 or after.

All required Computer Science courses, except CS 101, are offered every semester. The minimum grade in a required Computer Science course must be at least a C- to be allowed to take any Computer Science course, for which it is a prerequisite.

Calculus Topics are:

Humanities/Social Science - May be filled by courses offered by the Division of Humanities, the Division of Social Sciences, the Psychology Department and HDEV courses offered by the College of Community and Public Affairs. Many of the courses taken to meet the General Education requirements will fulfill the Humanities/Social Science requirement.

Mathematics - Students who are strong in math are encouraged to take MATH 330 (Number Systems) instead of MATH 314 (Discrete Mathematics). Students with a strong math background may take MATH 381 (Graph Theory) as their Math elective, even though they have not taken MA TH 304 (Linear Algebra). The following Binghamton University course can be substituted for MATH 327: MATH 448 (Introduction to Probability and Statistics II).

Free Electives - May be filled by extra courses from any of the areas listed above, SOM courses, or additional Computer Science courses. A maximum of 2 PE credits may be counted as Free Elective credits. At least four of these credits must be in humanities, social sciences, arts and other disciplines (excluding computer science) that provide breadth of background. CS 110 counts as a free elective.