Advice for Current & Incoming Students 2017-2018

We welcome your interest in studying computer science. Our program is in great demand, and as such our advice to students is changing.  Current demand far exceeds the capacity of the Computer Science (CS) program at WWU, which serves more than 500 majors.  We are in the process of expanding our capacity but it will take some time.  Here’s our advice for students.

For current WWU students:

If you have not yet declared the CS major but are interested, please understand a few things about how we are working to address the current demand to study computer science.  We are making a conscious choice to give preference for seats in CSCI 141, 145, 241, 247, 301 to students within the number of credits for which the class was intended (i.e., freshman and sophomore).   Students with a higher number of credits will have the opportunity to register or waitlist late in Phase I. Watch Classfinder for the restrictions to lift.

  1. Declare a pre-major in Computer Science as soon as you complete CSCI 141 and have registered for CSCI 145.  This helps us contact you with updates. To declare a pre-major, visit Mary Hall, CS Program Coordinator, in CF 459 or email at Mary.Hall@wwu.edu for an appointment.
  2. If you can’t get into the next CSCI class you need, be sure to get on the waitlist for all available sections of that class.   We carefully examine the waitlists each quarter to determine the demand for the class.
  3. Continue to work on completing math and science coursework required of the CSCI major.
  4. If you have a high number of credits but have completed very few CSCI requirements then you’re going to have a hard time getting into the major in a timely fashion.  We suggest that you explore related majors. Please contact the Academic Advising Center in OM 380,
    Advising@wwu.edu to schedule an appointment with an advisor to discuss alternative majors.
  5. Apply to the Computer Science major when you have completed CSCI 241, 247 and 301. Please pay attention to the posted application deadlines. There is no direct admission to the major.

 

For prospective students with zero to few credits:

  1. Seek advising early.  Visit Mary Hall, CS Program Coordinator for Advising, in CF 459 or email at Mary.Hall@wwu.edu for an appointment.
  2. Take CSCI 141, 145, 241, 247, 301 as soon as you can. If you can’t get into the next CSCI class you need, be sure to get on the waitlist for that class.  We carefully examine the waitlists each quarter to determine the demand for the class.
  3. Take the required math and science requirements for the CS major in your first two years.  For a full list of requirements see the University Catalog.
  4. Apply to the Computer Science major when you have completed CSCI 241, 247 and 301. Please pay attention to the posted application deadlines.  Students will be admitted on a space-available basis and decisions will consider past performance in CS classes and academic potential.  There is no direct admission to the major.

 

For prospective students with significant credits (e.g. transfer students or Running Start students):

If you have not yet declared the CS major but are interested, please understand a few things about how we are working to address the current demand to study computer science.  We are making a conscious choice to give preference for seats in CSCI 141, 145, 241, 247, 301 to students with a "low" number of credits.  A few seats each quarter in these intro courses will be released for students with a "high" number of credits at the end of Phase I, so make sure you are on the waitlist. 

Please contact Jeanne.Gaffney@wwu.edu or 650-3966 to discuss alternate major options.

If you are determined to study computer science, then be patient and focus on the following.

  1. Declare a pre-major in Computer Science as soon as you complete CSCI 141 and have registered for CSCI 145.  This helps us contact you with updates. To declare a pre-major, visit Mary Hall, CS Program Coordinator, in CF 459 or email at Mary.Hall@wwu.edu for an appointment.
  2. Take the required math and science courses.  For a full list of requirements see the University Catalog.
  3. If you can’t get into the next CSCI class you need:
    1. Get on the waitlist for every section of that class.  We carefully examine the waitlists each quarter to determine the demand for the class.
    2. Focus on completing other requirements, such as General University Requirements, if needed.
    3. Complete requirements for a minor or an additional (double) major.
    4. DO NOT repeat entry level computer science courses or take freshman level CS courses just to have a CS class.
  4. Apply to the Computer Science major when you have completed CSCI 241, 247 and 301. Please pay attention to the application deadlines.  Students will be admitted on a space-available basis and decisions will consider past performance in CS classes and academic potential.   There is no direct admission to the major.