CS Major Requirements for Students Entering in Fall 2015 and Beyond
Total credits: 128
This template is provided as a convenience to students. In the event of a discrepancy between this web page and other information sources, the final authority is the catalog that was published in the year the student entered.
The table below represents the undergraduate curriculum for a Computer Science major starting with the Class of 2019. Students need not take courses in this exact order, as long as all requirements are met.
1Students may skip CSCI-1100 and replace it with four credits of other CSCI course(s) at the 2000 level or above.
2Students may not receive credit for both CSCI-2200 Foundations of Computer Science and MATH-2800 Discrete Structures.
Note that credit cannot be obtained for CSCI-1100 Computer Science I after CSCI-1200 Data Structures has already been passed.
A 4-credit course chosen from the following: astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth and environmental science, and physics. The Pass/No Credit option cannot be used for this course. The course ERTH-1030 cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.
Computer Science (CS) Options
Three additional computing courses of three or four credits at the 4000 or 6000 level. For this purpose, courses in the series CSCI-4xxx, CSCI-6xxx, ECSE-46xx, and ECSE-47xx may be used, excluding ECSE-4630, ECSE-4640, ECSE-4720, and reading and independent study courses. The Pass/No Credit option cannot be used for these courses.
Two additional courses in mathematics. Mathematics Option I must be one of the following courses: MATH-2010, MATH-4030, MATH-4040/4140 Intermediate Logic, MATH-4100, or MATP-4600. Mathematics Option II must be any course in MATH/MATP at the 2000 level or above (excluding MATH-2800). Independent study courses cannot be used to satisfy this option. The Pass/No Credit option cannot be used for these courses. Note that although some courses are cross-listed as both MATH and CSCI, if a course is used to fulfill the Mathematics Option requirement, it cannot also be used as a Computer Science Option / Capstone course. For suggestions about choosing math courses, see General MATH/MATP Option Guidance.
Computer Science Capstone
A culminating experience selected from one of the two categories below (note that the P/NC option cannot be used for any of the courses below):
Concentration area courses are listed here.
Notes for dual majors
These notes apply even if you used to be a dual major but now CSCI is your only major.
HASS Core Requirement
As part of their B.S. degree program, all Rensselaer undergraduates take a selection of HASS courses referred to as the HASS core. This core is the foundation of undergraduate education. In it, students develop the skills necessary for personal and professional success, and they also begin to explore the social and cultural areas of study and issues of debate that are important in the global society of the twenty-first century.
The core consists of 24 credit hours, or six courses distributed to afford students a breadth of perspective across the various disciplines as well as a more in-depth experience in at least one area. Engineering students automatically take two of the 24 credit hours as professional development in their engineering design sequence and take a two-credit HASS professional development course in their junior year.
To ensure breadth in the core courses, students must select as least two courses (eight credit hours) from each of the lists below.
IHSS interdisciplinary courses may be counted in either category.
To ensure depth in the HASS core, students must also take at least two courses within a single department area's code (STSH and STSS can be counted as a single area), at least one of which is taken at an advanced level (above 1000). No course within the depth sequence may be taken as Pass/No Credit.
No more than three 1000-level HASS courses may be applied toward the HASS core requirement, no more than six credits may be taken as Pass/No credit, and at least one course (four credits) must be at the 4000 level.
Students entering Rensselaer in their first year may transfer up to two HASS courses (up to eight credit hours) toward their HASS core requirement (including Advanced Placement credit).
Transfer students from an accredited collegiate program who have completed at least one college year but who come to Rensselaer with first-year status may qualify for additional core transfers at the discretion of the HASS curriculum adviser. Transfer students entering Rensselaer at the sophomore level or above are not limited in the number of courses they may transfer for HASS core credit. All others must take at least 16 credit hours of their HASS core at Rensselaer.
Enrolled Rensselaer students wishing to take an HASS course for credit at another accredited institution must obtain prior approval for the course from the core curriculum adviser. Applicants must furnish a catalog description of the proposed course and a completed copy of Rensselaer's Transfer Credit Approval form to the core curriculum adviser. A maximum of two courses (up to eight credit hours) of transfers is allowed (including AP courses).
Communication Intensive Requirement
Every undergraduate student who entered as a freshman in Fall 2006 or later, or transfer student who entered Fall 2008 and later, is required to successfully complete at least two communication intensive courses (chosen from the approved list) as part of the requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.