Prospective CS Students

Current University of Maryland Students:

Students interested in declaring a CS major or minor are required to attend a major/minor workshop. These workshops are held on Tuesdays at 10am and Fridays at 2pm during the spring and fall semester, except during mandatory advising periods when only one time is offered a week. Workshops are not held over the summer. Workshops resume the week prior to the start of classes.

To RSVP for a workshop, please visit the website: https://webapps.cs.umd.edu/ugrad/events

Please consult the requirements for our major and minor.

**Please note if you start the course sequence at CMSC131, it will take a minimum of 7 terms/semesters to complete the major and minimum of 5 terms/semesters to complete the minor.

Example Four Year Plans as Excel spreadsheets are available for download here:

Prospective University of Maryland Students:

The CS department does not handle admission to our program. For all information relating to admission and planning a visit to the University of Maryland, College Park, as well as the ability to apply online, please visit www.admissions.umd.edu. If you list Computer Science as your preferred major and are admitted to the university, you will start directly in our program.

In their first year, CS students take two semesters of Object-Oriented Programming. They then spend a year taking Introduction to Systems, Discrete Structures, Programming Languages and Algorithms. Third and fourth year students choose from advanced courses in Systems, Networking, Security, Data Structures, Databases, Artificial Intelligence, Vision and Graphics, Software Engineering,Programming Languages, Theory and Numerical Analysis. Students may learn to build iPhone and Android applications, BitTorrent clients, video games and operating systems. In order to gain a breadth of knowledge in another field, students take four upper level courses in a single discipline outside of the major.

Please see Degree Requirements for more information about the CS degree and cyber-security specialization at the University of Maryland College Park.

Example Four Year Plans as Excel spreadsheets are available for download here:

Transfer students: Please note that the Department of Computer Science does NOT accept transfer credit for computer science courses taken outside of the University of Maryland, except possibly a discrete mathematics class. If you begin the CS course sequence with CMSC131, completing the CS degree will take a minimum of 7 terms/semesters.

Post-Baccalaureate Students: Post-bac students are only required to complete the math and computer science requirements of the major, not the upper level concentration or general education requirements, provided you have a previous bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university. Please note that the Department of Computer Science does NOT accept transfer credit for computer science courses taken outside of the University of Maryland, except possibly a discrete mathematics class. If you if begin the CS course sequence with CMSC131, completing the CS degree will take a minimum of 7 terms/semesters.

Here is other information you may find useful:

What is Computer Science? Are you a little unsure of what a computer scientist does exactly? Read here and find out a little bit more about what we do at the Department of Computer Science.

Exemption Exams If you have taken many Computer Science classes in high school or at another college or university, please consider taking Exemption Exams. The Department of Computer Science does not accept transfer credit for computer science courses taken outside of the University of Maryland.

Computer Requirements If you'd like to know more about the types of computers our students use, please read this information.

AP and IB Credits If you have taken a lot of AP and IB exams, take a look at this information to learn how your courses will transfer to the University. The Department of Computer Science requires a score of a 5 in the AP computer science exam.

Scholarships Yes. We do offer scholarships to incoming students. Please read this information; we encourage you to apply for a first year or transfer scholarship.

 

 

*If you need to visit the CS undergraduate office, please email ugrad@cs.umd.edu to set up an appointment. We ask that you provide 7 business days advanced notice.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

How long does it take to process a change of major application?

Submit the signed form to the CMNS Student Services Office, 1300 Symons Hall. Your request will be approved/processed in 24-48 hours, and become effective in the subsequent academic semester. A major change is not complete until the CMNS Dean's Office has approved it.

Where do I submit a change of major application?

Submit the signed form to the CMNS Student Services Office, 1300 Symons Hall. Your request will be approved/processed in 24-48 hours, and become effective in the subsequent academic semester. A major change is not complete until the CMNS Dean's Office has approved it