Computer Science Foundations

Fall 2020
Winter 2021
Class Size: 50
Credits per quarter

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computer science, mathematics
mathematics, computer science

The goal of this program is for you to learn the intellectual concepts and skills that are essential for advanced work in computer science and beneficial for computing work in support of other disciplines. You will achieve a deeper understanding of increasingly complex computing systems by acquiring knowledge and skills in mathematical abstraction, problem solving, and the organization and analysis of hardware and software systems. The program covers material such as algorithms, data structures, computer organization and architecture, logic, discrete mathematics, and programming in the context of the liberal arts. The program is compatible with the model curriculum developed by the Association for Computing Machinery's Liberal Arts Computer Science Consortium.

Program content will be organized around four interwoven themes. The computational organization theme covers concepts and structures of computing systems, from digital logic to the computer architecture and assembly language supporting high-level languages and operating systems. The programming theme concentrates on learning how to design and code programs to solve problems. The mathematical theme helps develop mathematical reasoning, theoretical abstractions, and problem-solving skills needed for computer scientists. A technology and society theme explores social, historical, or philosophical topics related to science and technology. Students will participate in faculty-guided enrichment opportunities in science and mathematics, including community-based learning.

We will explore these themes throughout the program by way of lectures, programming labs, workshops, and seminars.

To successfully participate in the program students need access to a computer and reliable internet service. Students should expect up to 16 hours of synchronous meeting time per week using Zoom and Canvas. Students will have access to alternatives to synchronous participation if conditions require and can work with faculty to pursue these alternatives to earn related credit.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Data Science, Mathematics Education


Credits per quarter

Fields of study: 
Online learning:
  • Complete Online Learning - This offering delivers all of its instruction online.
Class Standing: Sophomore–Senior
Class Size: 50

Scheduled for: Day

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Monday, January 4, 2021 - 10:00 am

Located in: Olympia

2020-08-10This program is now fully remote in fall