Suggested Degree Pathway for Computer Science - General Option

For students who entered fall 2015 and beyond.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
ENGL.1010 /
HONR.1100
College Writing I / FYSH (CW)3
COMP.1010Computing I3
COMP.1030LComputing I Lab1
MATH.1310Calculus I (MATH)14
xxxx.xxxxSocial Sciences Persp. (SS)3
Total14

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
ENGL.1020College Writing II (CW)3
COMP.1020Computing II3
COMP.1040LComputing II Lab1
MATH.1320Calculus II 4
xxxx.xxxxArts and Hum. Persp. (AH)3
Total14

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
Total14
COMP.2010Computing III3
COMP.2010LComputing III Lab1
COMP.2030Assembly Language Programming3
COMP.2030LAssembly Language Programming Lab1
MATH.2190Discrete Structures I3
EECE.2650Logic Design3

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
ENGL.2200Oral & Written Comm. for CS (AH)3
COMP.2040Computing IV3
MATH.3220Discrete Structures II3
MATH.3860Probability & Statistics I3
xxxx.xxxxNatural Science with Lab24
Total16

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
COMP.3040Foundations of Comp. Science3
COMP.3050Computer Architecture3
xxxx.xxxxNatural Science with Lab24
xxxx.xxxxCS Ethics (AH)3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective53
Total16

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
COMP.3010Organization of Prog. Lang.3
COMP.3080Intro. to Operating Systems3
xxxx.xxxxNatural Science with Lab24
xxxx.xxxxSocial Sciences Persp. (SS)3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective53
Total16

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
COMP.4040Analysis of Algorithms3
COMP.xxxxProject Course (part 1)3
COMP.xxxxComputer Science Elective43
xxxx.xxxxTechnical Elective33
xxxx.xxxxSocial Sciences Persp. (SS)3
Total15

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
COMP.xxxxProject Course (part 2)3
COMP.xxxxComputer Science Elective43
xxxx.xxxxTechnical Elective33
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective53
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective53
Total15

1Calculus IA and IB will be required instead of Calculus I for students that do not pass the Calculus Readiness Test.

2Natural Science Electives

  • CS students must complete 12 credits of natural science courses.
  • These are courses offered by one of the four natural science departments in the College of Sciences:
    • Biological Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Environmental, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences
    • Physics and Applied Physics
  • Courses that fulfill this requirement must be classified as required or elective courses for the majors in those departments (with some exceptions).
  • This requirement may also be satisfied by completing three 3-credit courses that do not include labs plus one 4-credit course that does include a lab (totaling 13 credits rather than 12), but the Computer Science faculty recommends that students take three 4-credit courses that do include labs as laid out in the course grid.
  • This requirement may also be satisfied by completing two 4-credit courses including their lab for eight credits and then taking two more 3-credit lectures (totaling 14 credits rather than 12), but the Computer Science faculty recommends that students take three 4-credit courses that do include labs as laid out in the course grid.
  • Specific courses may be recommended for different CS Options.
  • See the CS Dept. Policy on Natural Science Electives for more detailed information.

3Technical Electives

  • CS students must complete 6 credits of technical electives.
  • These are courses offered by the College of Sciences (this is our college) or the College of Engineering.
  • Courses that fulfill this requirement must be classified as required or elective courses for the majors in those departments.
  • In general, INFO.xxxx courses may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
  • To use a CS course as a technical elective, it must at the 3000, 4000, or 5000 level.
  • Specific courses may be recommended for different CS Options.

4Computer Science Electives

  • CS students must complete two courses (6 credits) of computer science electives.
  • These courses must be at the 3000 level or higher.
  • These may be any non-required courses offered by the CS Department that are not taken to fill other slots.  (That is, courses cannot be “double counted.”)
  • Specific courses may be recommended for different CS Options.

5Free Electives

  • CS students must complete 12 credits of almost any course offered by the university.
  • Courses taken to fulfill this requirement must not be below the level of any required course.
  • Specific courses may be recommended for different CS Options.
  • More detailed information may be found on the CS Dept. Policy on General Electives.

Slots

  • Courses listed in “slots” may generally be taken in any order, within the confines of specified course prerequisites.
  • Some CS Options may put constraints on the ordering of these electives.
  • Faculty advisors recommend that two-course sequences (such as Chemistry I and II) be taken in successive semesters rather than taking part 1 and then waiting one or more semesters to take part 2.

No more than two Breadth of Knowledge courses can be taken with the same prefix. The Core Curriculum courses may be taken in any sequence. Refer to the Core Curriculum policy for further details. You should meet with your faculty advisor to determine how you will meet the Core Curriculum requirements. 

Current UMass Lowell students should use their Advisement Report in SIS. If you need assistance, please contact your adviser. 

Restriction on off-campus study:

Be advised that any course taken at another institution must be formally approved prior to enrollment. See the catalog policy for details.

Last Updated 12/12/2019.