Placement in computer science courses is handled on a student-by-student basis. If you have questions, the best thing to do is to talk to one of the computer science faculty.

Computer Science 111, 112, and 211 are core courses that involve programming and algorithmic thinking. COSC 111, COSC 112, and COSC 211 are taught every semester.

COSC 111 is intended for students with little or no previous programming experience.

COSC 112 is intended for students who have had programming experience either in COSC 111 or in high school. We do not assume that you have worked in a particular language, but you should know how to use (in some language):

  • basic control constructs (ifs and loops)
  • arrays
  • methods (or procedure or functions)
  • input and output

COSC 211 is an introduction to data structures and has a COSC 111 prerequisite.  Effective in fall 2019, it will also have a COSC 112 prerequisite. If you have already taken COSC 112, we recommend that you take 211 in spring 2019. If you have not already taken it, we recommend that you defer 211 to fall 2019.

COSC 171 is a core course that introduces systems. It has COSC 112 as a prerequisite.