Which catalog do I follow?

Declared majors complete the courses listed for their catalog year (the same catalog shown in your degree evaluation / audit in the WebPortal).

Can I switch my from my current catalog year and instead conform to the new 2021 catalog requirements?

Yes.  However, students cannot mix and match criteria from the old and new curricula.  You must complete ALL the courses required for your catalog year.   Please note that the new curriculum has additional lower division course requirements that must be met. [Students have a choice between following the CS major requirements outlined in the catalog-year in which they became a CS (pre)major, OR using the catalog requirements in the year in which they graduate.]

Will CS 490 be available for Fall 2021?

Yes.  But recall that CS490 sections appear without schedule numbers.  The CS department will contact eligible students (graduating within two semesters), to place them in a section at a day and time that does not conflict with the rest of their schedule.  You cannot sign yourself up for CS 490 through Web Portal!  You MUST reply when contacted by the department.  Failure to do so may delay graduation.

What do I do if a class required for graduation is no longer available?

Once an “old” course is no longer being offered, the department will provide substitute courses.

Most upper division courses have equivalent courses (think in terms of the courses being renumbered). Here is a partial list:  

Current Required Courses

New Required Courses

Comment

CS 107

CS 150 + CS 150L

Equivalent

CS 108

CS 160 + CS 160L

Equivalent

CS 237

CS 240

Equivalent

— 

CS 250

Added in the new curriculum

CS 310

CS 210* or CS 496-Data Structures

Equivalent

CS 320

CS 520

Substitute

CS 370

CS 370

Equivalent

CS 440

CS 450

Substitute

CS 490

None

Not required in the new curriculum

CS 530

 

Elective in the new curriculum

CS 560

CS 460

Equivalent

CS 570

CS 480

Equivalent

* but note that CS210 does NOT earn upper-division credit

 

What is meant by an equivalent course?

The “old” course requirement is met by the newly numbered course. For example, CS 570 is a required course for catalog years through 2020, so CS 480 now meets this requirement.

CS 530 is not required for the new curriculum. Do I have to take it if my catalog is 2020 or earlier?

Yes.  Students must complete ALL the courses required for their catalog year.  The only way to avoid CS530 is to instead complete ALL the required classes listed in the 2021-2022 catalog (which would likely be much more onerous than sticking with the current curriculum). 

What courses should I take to complete a CS minor if my catalog requirement is 2020 or earlier?

For CS minors following catalog requirements for 2020 and earlier, the required courses are CS107, CS108, and 12.0 upper division CS units (3.0 units are waived if you completed the Math150/Math151 sequence).  A data structures course must be taken (CS310 or CS496 Data Structures for Scientists and Engineers).  We recommend CS320, CS470, CS503/CS514 (choose one), and CS583.  If you have met the prerequisites for other courses (many require CS237/CS240 and/or Math245,) those are available as well.

CS310 won’t appear on the fall schedule, but there will be an equivalent “CS496 Data Structures” that serves as a clone of the CS310 course.  Take that, or “CS496 Data Structures for Scientists and Engineers”.  These two CS496 courses, CS310, and CS210 all have similar content; you can only apply one of the four to your degree program. Note that “CS496 Data Structures for Scientists and Engineers” is not appropriate for CS majors (but is preferable for CS minors).

CS440 and CS301 are NOT eligible.  If your major field of study is pre-law or law enforcement, one of these courses may be approved with the consent of a CS advisor.

Can I select courses from each of the old and new curricula?

You cannot mix and match criteria from the old and new curricula, you must fully complete one or the other.   

What courses should I take to complete a CS minor if I haven’t yet declared a minor?

Complete the requirements for catalog 2021-2022.  Courses required are CS150/150L (4 units), CS160/160L (4 units), “CS496 Data Structures for Scientists and Engineers” (3.0 units), and three additional upper division courses selected (9.0 units).  CS301 is NOT eligible for CS minor credit.

Should I wait to declare a CS minor until Fall 2021?

Completing the CS minor will be more difficult if you have to use the 2021-2022 catalog (our degree program about to change), so be sure to file the paperwork for the minor no later than summer, before the fall 2021 semester officially starts [which happens before classes begin] — that way, you can still use the ‘old’ catalog requirements. It would be best to have your required classes (CS107 and CS108) verified by a CS advisor AND the paperwork submitted to the administration by August 16th, 2021, to ensure it gets processed in time. Students taking one or both of these as summer classes at a community college should talk with a CS advisor as the deadline approaches, as the formal transfer of those units might not be received by SDSU by the deadline.

Should I wait to declare a CS major until Fall 2021?

You have no choice but to wait unless you have completed all the required lower-division CS/Math/Science classes prior to the start of the fall semester. If possible, strive to qualify for the major by the end of the summer session. It would be best to have your lower-division classwork verified by a CS advisor AND the paperwork submitted to the administration by August 16th, 2021, to ensure it gets processed in time. Students finishing up the requirements as summer classes at a community college should talk with a CS advisor as the deadline approaches, as the formal transfer of those units might not be received by SDSU by the deadline.

Can I declare a CS major before I complete the preparatory CS classes? 

No (with an exception–see below).  CS is an impacted major, which essentially means “all the seats are taken.”  As such, students wishing to change their major to CS must complete all the required preparatory classes (that is, ALL lower-division CS/Math/Science classes) first.  

This means that–for most students who do not already see “Computer Science” listed as their major on the web portal–you will follow the 2021 curriculum.

Student who will complete the prep courses by August 2021 should fill out a Change of Major form, save it as a PDF, and send to Patty Kraft for a signature. 

For a short while, students who have all but one or two of the Math or Science prep classes completed might be allowed into the major since they have been following the current 2020 requirements.  Contact advisor Patty Kraft (pkraft@sdsu.edu) for an evaluation.

How can I schedule a Zoom meeting with my advisor?

Patty Kraft has advising hours available for sign up through EAB Navigate.

CS 310 is not available for Fall 2021. What should I do?

 “CS310 Data Structures” won’t appear on the fall schedule but “CS496 Data Structures” will be available for students qualified to follow the ‘old’ catalog (2020 or earlier). “CS496 Data Structures”, “CS496 Data Structures for Scientists and Engineers”, CS310, and CS210 all have similar content; you can only apply one of the four to your degree program. Note that “CS496 Data Structures for Scientists and Engineers” is not appropriate for CS majors (but is preferable for CS minors).

Now that there is a new curriculum, will I need more CS units than in my catalog 2020 (or earlier) requires?

No.  By law, you are not required to take more units that your current catalog year specifies — unless you voluntarily choose to use the newer catalog, in which case you would have to follow all the new requirements. If you are a declared CS (pre)major by August 2021, you have the right to follow the older catalog requirements. [But students who are NOT officially admitted to the CS program by the time the catalog for the 2021-2022 year goes into effect, i.e., “Fall 2021”, MUST follow the new curriculum.

I already took CS107 and/or CS108.  Do I need to take the labs CS150L and CS160L?

If you have 3.0 units of credit for CS107, you don’t have to take CS150L (or CS150),
even though those total 4 units.  If you do not have credit, you must take CS150 and CS150L.

If you have 3.0 units of credit for CS108, you don’t have to take CS160L (or CS160),
even though those total 4 units.  If you do not have credit, you must take CS160 and CS160L.

I am a declared CS pre-major.  Do I follow the old or new curriculum?

You will complete the requirements for your catalog year (2020 or earlier). You need not follow the new 2021-2022 catalog.

I am a CS major but I took Chemistry (or Biology) for my year-long sequence. Do I need to also take Physics now that it is the only science required in the new curriculum (catalog 2021-2022)?

No. [If you are already a CS (pre)major, you can ignore all the upcoming changes to the program. Just follow what your own catalog year requires.] 

Can CS250 substitute for CS532 under catalog years 2020 and earlier?

No.  Every Bachelor of Science degree requires at least 36 upper-division units in the major. Therefore, no lower-division (100-200 level) course can substitute for any upper-division (300-500 level) course.

I’m confused about CS440, CS450, and CS550! 

CS440 will be taught in Fall 2021.  We can’t say how long it will remain on the class schedule.

If you haven’t taken CS440 before it is no longer offered, then CS450/550 will substitute for CS440 (in which case CS450/550 cannot used as one of your electives).   

If you have taken CS550, then it will be counted as one of your electives (but you must take an additional elective to substitute for the 3 units of CS440 if it is no longer being taught (because every Bachelor of Science degree requires at least 36 upper-division units in the major).

What upper division MATH/STAT courses are required in the new curriculum?

STAT550 is (exclusively) required.

Students who are qualified to follow the 2020-2021 catalog requirements (or older catalogs), still have the flexibility outlined for the CS major, namely any one of Math340, Math579, Stat350A, Stat550, or Stat551A.

CS majors who are required to (or elect to!) follow the 2021-2022 catalog requirements MUST take Stat550 (as the one and only approved choice).