Computer Science Foundations

Fall 2015, Winter 2016 and Spring 2016 quarters

Taught by

computer science, mathematics
computer science
computer science
mathematics, computer science


High school algebra II.

The goal of this program is for students to learn the intellectual concepts and skills that are essential for advanced work in computer science and beneficial for computing work in support of other disciplines. Students will have the opportunity to achieve a deeper understanding of increasingly complex computing systems by acquiring knowledge and skills in mathematical abstraction, problem solving, and the organization and analysis of hardware and software systems. The program covers material such as algorithms, data structures, computer organization and architecture, logic, discrete mathematics, and programming in the context of the liberal arts and compatible with the model curriculum developed by the Association for Computing Machinery's Liberal Arts Computer Science Consortium.

The program content will be organized around four interwoven themes. The computational organization theme covers concepts and structures of computing systems from digital logic to the computer architecture and assembly language supporting high-level languages and operating systems. The programming theme concentrates on learning how to design and code programs to solve problems. The mathematical theme helps develop mathematical reasoning, theoretical abstractions, and problem-solving skills needed for computer scientists. A technology and society theme explores social, historical, or philosophical topics related to science and technology.

We will explore these themes throughout the year through lectures, programming labs, workshops, and seminars.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

computer science, education, and mathematics.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day

Advertised schedule: First spring class meeting: Monday, March 28 at 10am (Sem II E4107)


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Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online:

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter); 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior; 25% of the seats are reserved for freshmen

Maximum enrollment: 75


Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 10051
So - Sr (16 credits): 10054
(1-16 credits): 10333

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Accepting New Students

Signature Required

Students must have completed the equivalent of at least one quarter of computer programming and must demonstrate strong mathematical skills in pre-calculus or calculus.  

Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 20025
So - Sr (16 credits): 20026
Fr - Sr (1-16 credits): 20190

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Accepting New Students

Signature Required

Students must have completed course work equivalent to the previous quarters of the program including discrete mathematics, computer programming and digital logic or computer organization. Contact the faculty at Academic Fair or email faculty member Sherri Shulman (

Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 30019
So - Sr (16 credits): 30020
Fr - Sr (1-16 credits): 30182

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