Computer Science (Certificate)
The Computer Science certificates are intended for non-degree-seeking students. All students who wish to start a Certificate Program must fill out a form available at the CS main office, S-3-132 or online. The form must be signed and returned to One Stop in the Campus Center
The Major Certificate's requirements are the same as those for the Bachelor of Arts degree. The aim of this program is to train people (perhaps already holding a bachelor's degree in another field) to work in research and/or development in the high-technology computer industry in Massachusetts.
Students whose preparation in Computer Science is insufficient for admission to the Master's program should consider seeking the Major Certificate. Because of the prerequisite structure of the courses it may take up to three years to complete the Major Certificate (the exact time will of course depend on the student's background), and it may not be possible to do course work full-time. In particular, the listed mathematics requirements begin with calculus. However, many students may need a review of high school algebra.
On the other hand, students who enter this program with previous mathematics or computer programming experience will be given appropriate credit.
The Minor Certificate is intended for students who are mainly interested in computer applications. The time required to complete the Minor Certificate is less than that for the Major Certificate. The requirements are:
• All five of CS110 (or CS114L/CS115L), CS210, Math140, CS240, CS310
• One of CS260, CS341, or Computer Science elective
• One application elective
Applications: The applications requirement may be satisfied by any Computer Science course numbered higher than (not including) CS320L, or by a course taught outside of the department of Computer Science in computer applications to another discipline. Students wishing to use such a course as the applications elective for a Minor Certificate must have their choice approved in advance by the faculty member who supervises the Certificate Programs and must meet the prerequisites for the course set by the department in which it is offered