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Distinction in CS

Graduation with Distinction in Computer Science is an academic honor bestowed on certain graduating majors in computer science each year.  To qualify for this honor, students must take two 300 or 400 level elective computer science courses (excluding CP355) beyond those required for the major, by the end of block seven of the senior year.  All students who meet these requirements by the end of Block 7 will be considered for Distinction in Computer Science.  

In late spring, the members of the Mathematics & Computer Science Department meet to discuss the students who qualify for this honor.  Students are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Work in the major: candidates for distinction should have an excellent record in departmental courses, especially in upper-level courses, and especially in the senior year.
  2. The student’s role in the required capstone course CP499 (Team Software Project) in building and strengthening the team project is carefully considered, both as to content and also as to the quality of the presentation (whether orally or as a poster).

 

After a full discussion of the qualified candidates, the departmental faculty makes the final decision on granting Distinction by a yes/no vote.