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Requirements for Computer Science Major

Suggested Sequence Documents

CS Major Requirements and Prerequisites Structure (College Core Version) (For students who entered the CS major at TCNJ in Fall 2023 or later semesters)

CS Major Requirements and Prerequisites Structure (Liberal Learning Version) (For students who entered the CS major at TCNJ prior to Fall 2023).

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 may take additional options courses for free elective credit.

One additional capstone course or independent study from the following list may be chosen, with advisement and departmental approval, and applied towards the CS Options. Also see the Suggested Sequence.

Capstone Courses:

Students may take additional Computer Science Options courses, including capstone courses and independent study, for free elective credit.

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)

Two courses in sequence in any of the modern languages are required if students opt for a language not previously studied in high school or another institution.

Alternatively, students continuing a foreign language previously taken in high school or at another institution must take three courses of that language in sequence. This requirement may be reduced by taking a placement test in that language. Based on the student’s performance on that test, 0, 1, 2, or 3 courses may be required.

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/College Core Requirements

As per College requirements.

Process for Switching Into or Adding the CS Major
See the page “Transfer Into / Add Computer Science” for requirements and process for adding the Computer Science major.