Fall 2021

Introduction to Computer Science I

Listed in: Computer Science, as COSC-111

Formerly listed as: COSC-11

Moodle site: Course


Lee Spector (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.

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. Fall semester: Professor Spector. Spring semester: Professors Malita and Spector.

If Overenrolled: Preference to first-year and sophomore students.


Science & Math for Non-majors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2018, Fall 2020, Fall 2021