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Technical Requirements: Computer Science

What is required?

Generally, one semester of computer science.  (Note that chemical engineering majors do not have a computer science requirement.)

Students choose from one of five courses, depending on their anticipated major and level of background knowledge:

  • ENGI E1006: Introduction to computing for engineers and applied scientists
  • COMS W1003: Introduction to computer science and programming in C
  • COMS W1004: Introduction to computer science and programming in Java

  • COMS W1005: Introduction To Computer Science and Programming In MATLAB

  • COMS W1007: For students who have placed out of COMS 1004 with AP scores


First or second year.

Can I test out?

It is unlikely. Consult with your CSA adviser.

Computer Science Department:

450 Computer Science Building
212-854-2736 or 212-939-7000
Departmental Homepage

James H. and Christine Turk Berick Center for Student Advising


403 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: (212) 854-6378

Fax: (212) 854-2458

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Walk-in Hours
3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.