2. Admission to the Computer Science Major
Admission to major standing in computer science (CS) or information systems (IS) is competitive and requires an application for admittance into the major. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Overall GPA of 2.5 or above in all Grand Valley State University coursework.
- Completion of each course in the CS foundation or the IS foundation with a grade of C or above (C- is not sufficient).
- GPA of 2.5 or above in the CS foundation or the IS foundation.
The CS foundation includes CIS 162 and CIS 163; MTH 225; STA 215, STA 312 or STA 318; and COM 201. (The IS foundation is listed in the catalog with the information systems major.) Completing the CS (or IS) foundation courses requires programming, analytical reasoning, and communication skills. These skills are important to excel in the computing field.
The CS/IS foundation GPA is calculated on no more than one repeat per course. Achievement of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the major. The School of CIS will also consider internship availability and the applicant’s suitability for internships before granting admission. Transfer students must complete at least six hours of CIS coursework before applying, but should consult with a CIS advisor before scheduling their first semester.
Note: While admission to major standing in computer science may be achieved with completion of the IS foundation instead of the CS foundation, it is still necessary to complete all the required courses of the computer science major.