Sample plans of study for new students. Options B and C are recommended for students interested in the Information Security Certificate because classes required for the certificate have CS 361 as a prerequisite.

Making a 4-year Plan

We encourage you to meet with our CS Advisor, Paige Normand, to make a 4-year plan for graduation. You can schedule a meeting with her here: https://bit.ly/cs-advisor.

Not sure if you should reach out to Paige Normand or your CS Faculty Advisor about a topic? Don't worry, there's a Wiki Page for that!

Option A - Delay 261

This option could be described as an “Applications-early” or “Applied” route. By taking 345 in your 3rd semester you “unlock” 3 CS electives 🏆, and by also taking 240, you “unlock” an additional 3 🌈.
For your CS Electives, you need 9 credits above CS 300 and six credits must be above 345.

Fall Spring
Year 1 CS 149
Math 231/235
GenEd
GenEd
GenEd
CS 159
Math 232/236
CS/MATH 227
GenEd
GenEd
Year 2 CS 240
CS 345
MATH 220/318
GenEd
GenEd
CS 261
GenEd
GenEd
Elective
Elective
Year 3 CS 361
CS 327
GenEd
GenEd
Elective
CS 430
CS 4xxS (CS Systems Elective)
GenEd
Elective
Elective
Year 4 CS 412/452
CS Elective
Elective
Elective
Elective
CS Elective
CS Elective
Elective
Elective
Elective



Option B - Delay 345

For your CS Electives, you need 9 credits above CS 300 and six credits must be above 345.

Fall Spring
Year 1 CS 149
Math 231/235
GenEd
GenEd
GenEd
CS 159
Math 232/236
CS/MATH 227
GenEd
GenEd
Year 2 CS 240
CS 261
MATH 220/318
GenEd
GenEd
CS 327
CS 361
GenEd
GenEd
Elective
Year 3 CS 4xxS (CS Systems Elective)
CS Elective
GenEd
Elective
Elective
CS 345
CS 430
GenEd
Elective
Elective
Year 4 CS 412/452
CS Elective
GenEd
Elective
Elective
CS Elective
Elective
Elective
Elective
Elective



Option C - Core Early

For your CS Electives, you need 9 credits above CS 300 and six credits must be above 345.

Fall Spring
Year 1 CS 149
Math 231/235
GenEd
GenEd
GenEd
CS 159
Math 232/236
CS/MATH 227
GenEd
GenEd
Year 2 CS 240
CS 261
MATH 220/318
GenEd
GenEd
CS 327
CS 361
GenEd
GenEd
Elective
Year 3 CS 345
CS 4xxS (CS Systems Elective)
GenEd
Elective
Elective
CS 430
CS 412/452
Elective
Elective
Elective
Year 4 CS Elective
CS Elective
GenEd
Elective
Elective
CS Elective
GenEd
Elective
Elective
Elective



Option D - Second-year Start

It is also possible to compress the major, for example if it is started in the sophomore year. The following table shows one way to do this. (Note: the major requires at least five semesters to complete due to prerequisites).
For your CS Electives, you need 9 credits above CS 300 and six credits must be above 345.

Fall Spring
Year 1 GenEd
GenEd
Elective
Elective
Elective
GenEd
GenEd
GenEd
Elective
Elective
Year 2 CS 149
MATH 231/235
MATH 220/318
GenEd
GenEd
CS 159
MATH 232/236
CS/MATH 227
GenEd
GenEd
Year 3 CS 240
CS 261
CS 345
GenEd
Elective
CS 327
CS 361
CS 430
GenEd
GenEd
Year 4 CS 412/452
4xxS (CS Systems Elective)
CS Elective
Elective
Elective
CS Elective
CS Elective
Elective
Elective
Elective