Computer Science Foundations

Winter 2024
Spring 2024
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 37
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.

  • Computer Organization: hardware and software, including assembly language
  • Programming: understanding and applying object-oriented programming to solve simple to moderately complex problems
  • Discrete Mathematics: mathematical reasoning, theoretical abstractions, and problem-solving skills focused on computer science
  • Technology and Society: social, historical, and 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.

For first year students in winter quarter, this program will incorporate 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.


Winter 2024 Registration
Spring 2024 Registration

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students must have some prior programming experience and some understanding of digital logic

Academic details

Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies and careers in

Studies or careers in computer science and other sciences.

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In Person or Remote
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Hybrid (S)
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