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2021-2022 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Computer Science Minor

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Students interested in a minor should contact the CIS department for an application and admission requirements.

Admission to the Computer Science minor program

Students must meet the university’s admission requirements for a minor, which include having completed 24 credits. For computer science, prospective minors are encouraged to inquire and plan their minor program prior to earning 24 credits, because the structure of requirements could necessitate the use of more than six semesters. Courses completed prior to formal declaration will count toward the minor program.

Admission to the minor is accomplished through an online application form accompanied by the current transcript(s). Upon acceptance the student is assigned an advisor, who works with the student to design an individual minor program that meets the stated requirements. Study plans are to be approved by the department chairperson.

A minor must be completed at the time of the degree and will be so noted on the student’s transcript.  A student cannot be readmitted to the University to complete only a minor.


  1. To develop in the student an understanding of computer science as a discipline: its structure, methodologies, and trends.
  2. To use the computer as a tool to solve problems.
  3. To give the student a sufficient background in computer science to continue his/her study of the discipline independently.
  4. To give students a sufficient knowledge in computer science to gain an advantage when entering the current job market.


Complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:

Total credits: 22

University Policy on Minors

Minors consist of at least 18 credits, of which 9 credits must be at the upper division (300-400) level. Within these 9 upper-level credits, a course can be counted in only one category. Even if a course could satisfy either the student’s major or the minor, it cannot be double-counted. A college may define electives that are permitted to be used towards the minor. A department offering a minor may establish other requirements beyond these minimal

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