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Title: Welcome to PSU Computer Science! Unabridged Advice and Answers for Postbac Students Interested In Computer Science


1
Welcome to PSU Computer Science!Unabridged
Advice and Answers for Postbac Students
Interested In Computer Science
  • Warren Harrison, Chair
  • Barbara Sabath, UG Advisor
  • Sara Smith, Graduate Coordinator

2
What Are My ChoicesIf I Already Have a B.S.
Degree???
  • A Bachelors Degree in Computer Science
  • may be quicker for some students
  • allows for modest performance
  • broader topical coverage by design
  • A Masters Degree in Computer Science
  • may be quicker for some students
  • requires superior performance
  • more focused study (but can follow a broad
    curriculum if you want)
  • Not really a significant difference in starting
    salary time at the keyboard is the
    differentiator

3
Speaking of Salaries and Jobs
  • We see our graduates starting at between 55K and
    85K.
  • Hiring in 2014 is performance based. As a new
    graduate, youll need to demonstrate your
    programming and problem solving ability during
    the interview.
  • See courses.csail.mit.edu/iap/interview/materials
    .php
  • We want you to be very, very successful

4
What Are My ChoicesIf I Already Have a B.S.
Degree???
  • A Bachelors Degree in Computer Science
  • must complete all undergraduate major UG
    requirements besides just CS courses
  • Comm 220 (Public Speaking) Wr 227 (Technical
    Writing) Mth 251, 252, 253 (Calculus I, II,
    III) Approved Lab Science ECE 341 (Computer
    Hardware) Stat 451 (Applied Statistics for
    Engineers and Scientists) Approved mathematics
    electives Approved science electives

5
Plus(72 credits)
  • CS 162 Introduction to Computer Science
  • CS 163 Data Structures
  • CS 201 Computer Systems Programming
  • CS 202 Programming Systems
  • CS 250, 251 Discrete Structures I II
  • CS 300 Elements of Software Engineering (4
    credits)
  • CS 305 Social, Ethical, and Legal Issues (2
    credits)
  • CS 311 Computational Structures (4 credits)
  • CS 321, 322 Languages and Compiler Design I II
  • CS 333 Introduction to Operating Systems
  • CS 350 Algorithms and Complexity
  • CS 486 Introduction to Database Systems
  • CS 469, 470 Software Engineering Capstone I, II
  • Approved upper-division computer science
    electives (12 credits)

6
What Are My ChoicesIf I Already Have a B.S.
Degree???
  • A Masters Degree in Computer Science
  • must complete (or demonstrate mastery) most
    undergraduate computer science coursework before
    applying to the graduate program
  • CS 162 Introduction to Computer Science
  • CS 163 Data Structures
  • CS 201 Computer Systems Programming
  • CS 202 Programming Systems
  • CS 250, 251 Discrete Structures I II
  • CS 300 Elements of Software Engineering
  • CS 311 Computational Structures
  • CS 321 Languages and Compiler Design I
  • CS 333 Introduction to Operating Systems
  • CS 350 Algorithms and Complexity

7
Very Important
  • Youll need to get As and Bs (mostly As) in all
    the preparatory CS coursework you take.
  • Anything below a B- at the graduate level is
    considered failing, so if youre getting Cs or
    even too many Bs, you wont be a candidate for
    the graduate program.
  • And yes, if you repeat a class, the Admissions
    Committee considers all your attempts.

8
Plus(45 credits)
  • CS 581 Theory of Computation
  • CS 558 Programming Languages
  • CS 533 Concepts of Operating Systems
  • Three classes from a Track
  • Databases
  • Intelligent Adaptive Systems
  • Languages
  • Security
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems
  • Theory
  • Nine additional graduate level CS courses

9
Using Credits FromYour First Degree Program
  • Chances are you have taken some (perhaps many) of
    our required undergraduate courses, especially
    Math and Science.
  • See transferology.com to determine if your old
    courses will match one of our required courses
  • https//transferology.com/school/pdx
  • If your school is not in transferology, youll
    need to contact the courses home department here
    at PSU and see if your course is equivalent to
    the one taught here.
  • Make sure you have your syllabus, samples of your
    exams/homework and the course appears on your
    DARS Report.

10
I Have Lots of Experience
  • There are some courses you can waive on the basis
    of documented professional experience.
  • WR227 (Technical Writing) and/or COM220 (Public
    Speaking) can be waived if you can provide us
    with materials documenting your experience
    writing and/or giving presentations at work. We
    will evaluate these materials based on our
    expectations of what we expect of our students
    from these classes. We wont waive these courses
    for writing reports or giving talks at school.

11
Ive Taken Other CS Courses Elsewhere - What
About Those?
  • If the course is in transferology, you can
    transfer it to replace the corresponding PSU CS
    course.
  • If the course isnt in transferology, youll need
    to take a Credit By Exam (CBE) to demonstrate
    that you have gained (and retain) the knowledge
    and skills that go with that course.
  • CBE is available for all of our 100- and
    200-level CS major courses.

12
A Couple of Things to Keep in Mind
  • Advanced courses in Computer Science build on
    earlier courses.
  • It isnt just about checking off courses a weak
    preparation in one class may mean problems
    throughout the rest of your program.
  • We enforce prerequisites! If you havent had the
    class, or done a CBE, youll be barred from
    registering for advanced courses.

13
I Took My CS Classes a Long Time Ago
  • Once again, it isnt just about checking off
    courses a weak preparation in one class may
    mean problems throughout the rest of your
    program.
  • If you cant recall what you covered in a course,
    or do the problems without peeking, you probably
    need to retake it.
  • What about self-study? It works for some people,
    but not most, or even many. If its been a long
    time, and you decide to brush up cap it off
    with a CBE to evaluate if you really did.

14
Im Sure I can Learn All This Stuff On My Own
  • Maybe. Most people cant.
  • Well give you the syllabus, but you truly will
    be on your own.
  • Youll need to do Credit By Exam when youre done
    to establish that you have actually mastered the
    material.
  • We discourage people from trying to teach
    themselves Computer Science because it usually
    doesnt work and they waste a term studying only
    to find theyll have to take the class anyway.

15
Scheduling
  • Once again, we enforce prerequisites. Make sure
    you take them into account when planning out your
    program.
  • Our admissions (to the upper division CS program)
    is in the Fall (July 1 deadline) and Spring
    (February 1 deadline). Students begin with CS300
    and CS311 which are only offered in the Fall and
    Spring.
  • All your lower division CS should be complete by
    the time you are admitted and take CS300 and
    CS311.

16
Whats This Admission Stuff?
  • Once students have mastered all the lower
    division course work, as documented by course
    grades or CBE, they can apply to the CS major (or
    in the case of postbacs, the grad prep program).
  • This allows us to assume a certain minimum level
    of skill and knowledge among students in the
    upper division courses.
  • You will not be allowed to register for upper
    division courses unless you have been admitted to
    the program

17
What Do I Need In Order to be Admitted to the
Undergrad Program?
  • CS Courses CS162, CS163, CS201, CS202, CS250,
    CS251 with grades of C PLUS a 2.0 GPA over all
    attempts at these courses.
  • Mth251, Mth252 (Calculus I and II)
  • An approved Lab Science sequence
  • COMM 220
  • If you did not take CS202 at PSU, youll also
    need to demonstrate that you have gained an
    acceptable level of proficiency in programming in
    one of our scheduled Proficiency Demonstrations.

18
What Do I Need In Order to be Admitted to the
Grad Prep Program?
  • CS Courses CS162, CS163, CS201, CS202, CS250,
    CS251 with a 3.0 GPA over all attempts at these
    courses.
  • To have a chance of getting admitted to the
    graduate program, you really need to complete all
    these courses with a minimum of a B, and have NO
    retakes within the past few years.
  • If you did not take CS202 at PSU, youll also
    need to demonstrate that you have gained an
    acceptable level of proficiency in programming in
    one of our scheduled Proficiency Demonstrations.

19
How Long Will It Take Me to Complete My Degree?
  • It depends
  • How many classes will you take a term?
  • Will you pass all of them on the first try?
  • Have you already taken all the non-CS
    requirements?
  • Dont forget the prerequisite structure

20
Entry Points to the Program
  • No prior programming experience
  • Start with CS161
  • Programming experience
  • Start with CS162
  • Self-placement into CS162
  • Write a function that receives two parameters an
    array (or list) of integers and an integer value
    indicating the number of elements in the array.
    Each element in the array will be either a 0
    (zero) or a 1 (one). The function should count
    the number of zeros and the number of ones in the
    array and return the larger of the two counts.

21
Typical Grad Prep Schedule
  • Year 1
  • Year 3
  • Fall CS321, CS333
  • Winter CS558, CS350
  • Spring CS533, CS581
  • Summer GE
  • Fall CS162
  • Winter CS163
  • Spring CS202

Year 4
Year 2
  • Fall CS201, CS250
  • Winter CS251
  • Spring CS300, CS311
  • Fall GE, GE, GE
  • Winter GE, GE, GE
  • Spring GE, GE, GE
  • Summer GE, GE

22
QUESTIONS?
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