Computer Science Foundations

Winter 2023
Spring 2023
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 50
16 Credits per quarter
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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.

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.

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

This full-time daytime program will have some components taught on the Olympia campus and some components taught remotely. Students who are interested in participating fully remotely should contact the faculty to discuss that option.

This program incorporates Greener Foundations. Greener Foundations is Evergreen’s in-person 2-quarter introductory student success course, which provides all first-year students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive at Evergreen. First-year students who register for 14 credits in this program will be placed into Greener Foundations for an additional 2 credits, totaling 16 credits. Once first-year students have been placed into Greener Foundations, they will receive an email confirming their registration status.

Anticipated Credit Equivalencies:

8: Object-Oriented Programming in Java (winter & spring)

8: Discrete Mathematics (winter & spring)

8: Computer Systems and Computer Architecture (winter & spring)

8: Seminar - Technology & Society and Computer Ethics (winter & spring)


Winter 2023 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 20075
Fr (14): 20078
Spring 2023 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 30038
Fr (16): 30039

Academic details

Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies and careers in

Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Data Science, and Mathematics Education

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing


In Person or Remote
Hybrid (W)
Hybrid (S)
Time Offered
Schedule Evergreen link
see Schedule Evergreen for detailed schedule

First Meeting

Evans Hall 2617 - Windows / Linux Lab