Welcome to Computer Science and Electrical Engineering!
About Our Department:
All of our programs engage students in rigorous, hands-on curricula through which they apply engineering, computing and general problem-solving principles to create innovative, real-world solutions. Our students benefit from both faculty and peer mentoring to promote and nurture their success. Even as undergraduates, they have access to facilities and research equipment comparable to those of large research institutions. In today’s world of rapid change, new advancements are needed to make lives safer, more enjoyable, and more productive. Any of our degrees will open the doors to an exciting career in computer science, electrical engineering, computer engineering, cybersecurity and many other related fields, so that you can turn your dreams and ideas into reality.
Program Entrance Requirements and Math Placement
The computer science (CS) and electrical engineering (EE) programs do not have separate admission standards from that of the university, however, math preparedness is a critical component to success in either program. Thus it is very important for potential majors to strive to prepare in mathematics prior to entering college.
CS and EE degrees both start at Calculus 1, and the Math department requires math placement for incoming freshmen to register for Calculus 1. The math placement can be satisfied in any of the following ways:
If you have neither dual credit nor the Accuplacer test (but you have the TSI math requirement satisfied), you can enroll in Precalculus (MATH 2412), and, upon passing it, you will be able to take Calculus 1 in your second semester.
It is possible to get credit directly for Calculus 1 without taking the class, in the following ways:
- Advanced Placement (AP) scores of
- 4 or 5 in the Calculus AB exam, or
- at least score of 3 in the Calculus BC exam – with an AB sub-score of at least 4
- College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) score of at least 50 in the CLP Calculus exam.
If you plan to start at a community college and then transfer to one of our programs:
- Coursework in engineering and CS degrees is very sequential – each course has one or more prerequisites – so it is important to start taking courses in your major as early as possible if you wish to graduate in a four-year timeframe.
- Choosing to take only general education courses before transferring to one of our degrees is not recommended. Please contact the department for guidance on including appropriate math, science, and introductory engineering and CS content – we’ll be happy to help!