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The Computer Science Learning Community is designed for first-year Computer Science students in the College of Science who have prior programming experience. Prior programming experience would include taking Computer Science AP in high school or multiple years of personal experience with Java. This semester-long experience will allow you to live, learn, and connect with other students who are passionate about Computer Science through a vibrant Learning Community. You will be encouraged to develop study groups, share your expertise, and get involved with other students both academically and socially. As a member of this LC, you will be enrolled in CS 18000 Black* or Gold**, CS 19300, and CS 19100 during the fall semester to encourage a strong content foundation in CS and academic success in the first semester and beyond. You will also be led by your academic advisor to assist in connecting with your department to learn about the rich and varied opportunities that are available, including research and internships.

*CS 18000 Black assumes students are very familiar with the below topics. The black section will include enriching topics that go beyond the core outcomes of the class, but which are not essential for subsequent courses.

  • Types and Strings
  • Selection (is, switch)
  • Repetition (while, do while, for)
  • Arrays
  • Classes, Objects, and Methods

**CS 18000 Gold assumes students have no programming background or limited experience with:

  • Types and Strings
  • Selection (is, switch)
  • Repetition (while, do while, for)
  • Arrays
  • Classes, Objects, and Methods

When applying, please choose Computer Science Black or Computer Science Gold based on your experience with the above content.


  • First-time beginning students admitted to the College of Science with a major in Computer Science
  • Students must have a minimum SAT Math score of 650, or a minimum ACT Math score of 29, or earn a score of 85 on ALEKS Math Assessment to qualify for CS 18000, 19100, and 19000

Residential Component

  • REQUIRED in McCutcheon Hall
  • Information about this residence hall can be found here
  • Your roommate in most cases will be a member of the LC
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for the LC


Fall 2018 Semester

Associated Classes

CS 18000, CS 19300, CS 19100

Events and Activities Included:

  • Social gatherings with LC members
  • Periodic meals with faculty and staff
  • Meet and Greet with Instructors
  • Career Fair Preparation

Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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