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Requirements for Computer Science Major

Suggested Sequence Documents

CS Major Requirements and Prerequisite Structure A (For students who entered the CS major at TCNJ prior to Fall 2019)
CS Major Requirements and Prerequisites Structure B (For students who enter the CS major at TCNJ in Fall 2019 and later)

Program Planners and other resources can be found on the Advising Resources webpage.

Required Seminar Courses

Required Core Courses

Required Advanced Core Courses

Computer Science Options (three course units)

Select three courses from the following list.
(Students who are approved to take CSC 250 to satisfy CSC 220 and 230, must select four courses.)
Students may take additional options courses for free elective credit (exception: placement out of WRI 102 or foreign language must be replaced by liberal learning courses, not CSC courses).

Students may opt to take an additional capstone course from the following list to count as a CS Option. Also see the Suggested Sequence.

Capstone Courses:

A student may take up to three capstone courses, selected with advisement and departmental approval. The additional capstone course(s) may apply toward the CS Options, with departmental approval.

CSC 391: Independent Study in Computer Science may apply toward the CS Options with departmental approval.

Required Mathematics Courses (four course units)

Computer Science Natural Science and Mathematics Options

Students who entered the major prior to Fall 2019 must take three major-level laboratory sciences and one additional math or science course (with advisement).

Students who enter the major in Fall 2019 must take two major-level laboratory sciences.

See Math and Science Correlate Requirements for more information on courses that meet the math and science requirements. Consult the department for additional details.

World Language Requirements (two or three course units)

Students who choose to take a language different from the one studied in high school or another institution are required to take two courses of that language in sequence.

Students who choose to continue with a language previously taken in high school or at another institution are required to take three courses of that language in sequence. Students must take the placement test for the language. Performance on the test could place the student out of one, two or three courses, thus the language requirement may be 3, 2, 1 or 0 courses.

Consult the department for details.

Note:  Arabic 151 and 152: Chinese 151 and 152; Japanese 151 and 152; Persian 151 and 152; and Russian 151 and 152 are intensive courses and carry two course units of credit each.  Students should take this into account when planning a normal four-course semester.

Liberal Learning Requirements

As per College requirements.