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. CS111 and CS112 are taught every semester.  211 is taught in the spring.

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

So You Think You Want to Major in Computer Science...


If you are thinking about majoring in computer science, you should go to Seeley Mudd and talk to a computer science professor. In the meantime, here are the requirements for a major. (Our entry in the College catalog is the official word on these matters, so read it, too.)

Amherst College Professor Scott Kaplan Receives Fulbright Scholarship for Study in Chile

November 6, 2006 Director of Media Relations413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.— Scott F. Kaplan, an associate professor of computer science at Amherst College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to travel and conduct research on “Adding Experimentation and Analysis to Systems Courses: Memory Management Techniques for Reducing Process Switching Delays” at the Federico Santa Maria Technical University and Adolfo Ibanez University in Valparaiso, Chile from January through June.