The first year of CS courses consists of the following requisite chain: CS 1030 → CS 1410 → CS 2420. Each course must be completed before the subsequent course may be taken. The purpose of CS 1030 is to expand the understanding of students with no background in computer science topics. If you feel that your background is sufficient, you may be able to enroll directly in CS 1410 (skipping CS 1030). The following information is intended to help you make this decision.
If you are planning to pursue CS and have not already done so, you must join the School of Computing Canvas page (where you will need to log in with your CIS credentials). At that point please click 'Enroll in Course'. All students are then encouraged to take the Pre-Major Survey.
After taking the Pre-Major Survey, you can also take the CS 1410 Proficiency Test to help decide if you should start in CS 1030 or in CS 1410.
CS 1030 is a prerequisite for students who are interested in taking CS 1410 - Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming, but who have no background in computing. CS 1030 provides a gentle introduction to the fundamental concepts of computer science. In particular, students learn problem-solving skills and apply them by writing programs in a visual and fun programming environment that is friendly to beginners. Students also study, simulate, and visualize the inner workings of a simple computer. CS 1030 gives students a sampling of what makes computer science an innovative and exciting field, and prepares them for the CS 1410 and the rest of the computer science degree program.
The following are some of the expected outcomes for students completing CS 1030:
CS 1410 is a course for students who are interested in building on their prior experience in computing as they learn the fundamentals of object-oriented programming. Students should be able to make use of assignments, conditionals, loops, and function calls to express simple algorithms. While all the programming in CS 1410 is done in Java, all of the fundamental concepts are applicable to programing in other languages.
The following are some of the expected outcomes for students completing CS 1410:
If you have some background in computing and are already familiar with many of the concepts mentioned in the description of CS 1030 (such as using variables, assignment, selection and repetition in problem solving; as well as, data representation, logic gates and Boolean algebra), you are likely ready for CS 1410. Even if you have little background in computing, but have a strong problem-solving nature and have done well in your previous math courses, you may be ready for CS 1410.
Every student is encouraged to attempt the CS 1410 Proficiency Test. There is no downside to taking this test, and you may find that you know more than you think.