Fall 2020

Introduction to Computer Science I

Listed in: Computer Science, as COSC-111

Formerly listed as: COSC-11


Matteo Riondato (Sections 01 and 02)


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. 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.

For the fall, this course will be fully accessible online and may also make use of in-person meetings. Restricted to Amherst College students. Limited to 40 students per class (20 per lab). In the Fall, 20 seats per class are reserved for first-year students. In the Spring the course will be online only. Professor Riondato. 

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Quantitative Reasoning. Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.
COSC 111 - LEC

Section 01
M 11:20 AM - 12:10 PM ONLI ONLI
W 11:20 AM - 12:10 PM ONLI ONLI

Section 02
M 12:40 PM - 01:30 PM ONLI ONLI
W 12:40 PM - 01:30 PM ONLI ONLI


Section 01
F 08:50 AM - 09:40 AM ONLI ONLI

Section 02
F 10:10 AM - 11:00 AM ONLI ONLI

Section 03
F 11:20 AM - 12:10 PM ONLI ONLI

Section 04
F 12:40 PM - 01:30 PM ONLI ONLI


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2018, Fall 2020, Fall 2021