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CS Major Requirements

In addition to the general college requirements, a major in computer science must complete:

CP122 (Computer Science 1), MA126 (Calculus 1) and MA129 (Calculus 2)
CP222 (Computer Science 2), and either MA201 (Discrete Math), or MA251 (Number Theory): a student should complete these before declaring the major
CP215 (Application Design) and CP275 (Computer Organization)
* one unit from CP342 (Distributed Systems) and CP344 (Database Systems);
* one unit from CP360 (Computer Graphics), CP365 (Artificial Intelligence), and CP341 (Special Topics);
*CP405 (Theory of Computation) and CP407 (Analysis of Algorithms).


A student majoring in  Computer Science must also:

  • Attend at least four departmental seminars or department-approved talks after declaring the major, and submit a one-page summary of each in CANVAS within two weeks of the seminar. This should be completed by the end of Block 7 of the student's senior year. Need help with your Seminar Writeups? Download our helpful Seminar Writeup handout to get a better idea of what is expected in your summaries.


  • Complete the Computer Science Senior Project (revised September 2013)
    As of the 2013-2014 academic year, the computer science major now includes a required senior project.  Students starting at CC during the 2013-2014 school year or after must fulfill this senior project requirement.  Current declared majors are not required to complete a project, but strongly encouraged to consider it.


Senior Project:

1.  You must take CP499 during your senior year. It can be in any block, but check with your advisor.

2.  You should consult with your advisor regarding the project late in your junior year or early in your senior year. 

3.  By the end of the second block of your senior year, you must submit a project proposal consisting of about one page outlining the project.  You should include a rough schedule of your proposed work over the year.  Completed projects are due in block 7.

4.  All projects should be centered on developing a substantial computer program.  The focus can be applied or theoretical, but in all cases you should include some discussion of how your specific work fits into the larger development of computer science.  This probably means investigating how theory affects your applied project or how applications will evolve out of your theoretical work.

5.  Your program should be well-documented and include sections detailing:

            a. User Interface

            b. Software engineering (Languages, Frameworks, and API’s you chose.)

            c. Main algorithms (including whatever analysis seems appropriate.)

            d. Testing (a test plan should be developed early.)

            e. Debugging

6.  A medium length (6 – 8 pages) paper should accompany your program.  This paper should be written for an audience of other computer science majors.  For example, you don't need to define what a b-tree is, but you would need to describe how you modified it to work with the graph-based DBMS you are designing.  The tone of your paper should be academic/formal.  You will need to write multiple drafts of your paper, spend a considerable amount of time proofreading, and it would be beneficial to get outside advice from your advisor, other faculty members, or the CC writing center.  The paper should be polished enough at the end to submit to an undergraduate conference.

7.  You may decide to present your work publicly in a seminar during block 7.  Taking this opportunity is highly encouraged as it is a good chance to talk about your ideas with your peers and other Math/CS faculty.

To be eligible for Distinction in Computer Science, see the CS Distinction Requirements page.