Apr 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Computer Science Minor


Minor Adviser: Michael Kirkpatrick

The Computer Science minor begins with a required two-course introductory sequence (CS 149  and CS 159 ) that is open to any student who meets the course prerequisites. CS 101  and CS /MATH 227  are optional courses that are also open to any student who meets the course prerequisites. Students wishing to continue in the CS minor beyond CS 159  must apply for full admission. The application procedure and requirements are available on the CS department site (https://www.jmu.edu/cs).

Admission Requirements


Any student may declare a CS major or minor, but students may enroll in CS courses beyond CS 149CS 159 and CS 227/CS 227 only if they are fully admitted to the CS major or minor. Full admission to the major or minor is granted as described below.
  • Students who have attempted CS 149CS 159 or CS 227/MATH 227 at JMU may not attempt them elsewhere (that is, they must make any second attempts at JMU).
  • Students must submit an application for full admission to the CS major or minor no earlier than the semester in which they complete CS 159.
  • Students with a GPA of 3.0 or better in CS 149 and CS 159, and who have attempted CS 159 only once, are guaranteed full admission to the major or minor. Others will be granted full admission to the CS major or minor as space permits based on their GPA in CS 149 and CS 159 and faculty evaluation of their potential to succeed in the CS major or minor.
  • Students who have completed the CS minor may apply for full admission to the CS major no earlier than the semester in which they complete the last course in the CS minor.
  • CS minors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the CS minor will be fully admitted to the CS major; others will be admitted as space permits based on their minor GPA.
  • Students will be notified of their CS major or minor admission status no later than January 1st for admission in the spring semester (following application the previous fall semester), and no later than May 31st for admission in the fall semester (following application the previous spring semester).
  • Students who are not granted full admission to the CS major or minor may file one additional application in the next regular semester after they are denied admission.
Transfer students who have completed the equivalent of CS 159 (or for whom this class is waived) are granted full admission to the CS major or minor. Other transfer students are subject to same process as non-transfer students.

Minor Requirements


Core course (choose one): 3 Credit Hours


Electives: 9 Credit Hours


Choose three computer science courses numbered CS 101  or above, excluding CS 280 .

Additional core courses completed (CS 240 , CS 261  and CS 345 ) beyond the one required can be counted for this requirement.

Total: 18 Credit Hours