Listed in: Computer Science, as COSC-111
Formerly listed as: COSC-11
Kristen S. Gardner (Section 01)
This course introduces ideas and techniques that are fundamental to computer science. The course emphasizes procedural abstraction, algorithmic methods, and structured design techniques. Students will gain a working knowledge of a block-structured programming language and will use the language to solve a variety of problems illustrating ideas in computer science. A selection of other elementary topics will be presented, for example: the historical development of computers, comparison and evaluation of programming languages, and artificial intelligence. A laboratory section will meet once a week to give students practice with programming constructs. Two class hours and one one-hour laboratory per week.
Restricted to Amherst College students. Limited to 40 students per class (20 per lab). (In the Fall, 25 seats per class are reserved for first-year students.) Fall and spring semesters. The Department.
If Overenrolled: Preference to first-year and sophomore students.