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Computer Science Course Access Policy

Core CS courses are reserved for CS majors during peak semesters (semesters when most CS students take the course). Non-CS majors may take core courses on a space available basis during “off peak” semesters (semesters when fewer CS students will need the course).

CS Undergraduate Courses

CS 18000 – off-peak only

Non-major sections of CS 18000 are open to all students during spring and summer sessions. Non-CS students should not submit a request for Fall semester, it cannot be reviewed.

CS undergraduate core courses (18200, 24000, 25000, 25100, and 25200)

Declared CS minors will be given access to available space in off-peak courses approximately one week after the start of open registration or one week after STAR, whichever is later.  Restrictions on off-peak courses will be lifted on the Friday prior to the start of classes; if space is available, non-majors and non-minors may register for any spaces available. Please, do not submit an override request during peak semesters.  We will not be able to consider it. Major restrictions will not be lifted during peak semesters.

  • CS 18200, 24000 and 25200 are off-peak in Fall semester
  • CS 25000 and 25100 are off-peak in Spring semester
  • Summer will function as an off-peak semester for all core courses

CS undergraduate courses (300 and 400 level)

Declared CS minors with fewer than 5 CS courses completed for the minor may submit an override request for 300 and 400 level courses.  Requests will be reviewed and students notified via email whether space is available approximately one week after the start of open registration or one week after STAR, whichever is later. 

Students who are neither CS majors nor CS minors who meet prerequisites may submit an override request for 300 and 400 level courses.  Requests will be reviewed and students notified via email whether space is available, typically during the week prior to the start of classes.  Courses for which CS student demand has been met will have restrictions lifted on the Friday prior to the start of classes. 

CS Graduate Courses  

Non-CS graduate students and non-degree students 

Many CS graduate courses are available to non-CS graduate students and non-degree students.  For classes with restrictions, non-CS and non-degree students who meet prerequisites may submit a request for access to CS graduate courses.  Requests will be reviewed and students notified via email whether space is available 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the semester.  Courses for which CS student demand has been met will have restrictions lifted on the Friday prior to the start of classes. 

Please, do not submit an override request during peak semesters.  We will not be able to consider it.

Due to increasing enrollment in CS undergraduate and graduate programs, availability of courses designed for CS majors is limited.


Access policy effective summer 2016

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Last Updated: Oct 7, 2017 3:57 PM

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