Frequently Asked Questions
ADVISOR APPOINTMENTS - How do I make an appointment with my Advisor?
The Computer Science Department Advising Office is a student's primary source for information and assistance regarding: academic advising, registration, admission to the Computer Science Department, scholarships, general education and transfer credits.
Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For an appointment (if you're a Student with an A#) press the "Schedule an Appointment" button on the lefthand side. Otherwise call 435-797-0527, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
CATALOG YEAR - What is a Catalog Year, and how do I find my Catalog Year?
Your DegreeWorks shows the spring spemester of your Catalog Year. So, Joe Student in this example is on the 2017-18 catalog year.
CS 1400 AND JAVA COMPETENCY EXAM - I want to try and test out of CS 1400/1410. Where do I start?
FINALS - How do I know when my finals are?
INTERNSHIP - Can I get credit for an Internship?
INTERNSHIP - How do I find an Internship?
We also recommend you sign up for Aggie Handshake, to find companies hiring for internships.
CPU: A Quad-Core (Intel Core i5 or AMD A10)
Memory: 8GB of DDR4 SRAM
Storage: 256GB SSD
Video: An integrated graphics card is fine; you're here to study, not to play games
Such a laptop will be in the $600 - $800 price range.
If you desire portability, go for a laptop featuring a 13" or 15" display. 17" laptops tend to be much heavier, and you will need to carry it across campus.
Laptops with a bigger CPU than an i5 experience shorter battery life.
Larger displays and dedicated GPUs cost more power, too. Students with these kinds of laptops are often carry their power adapter around with them, which is both heavier and inconvenient. Newer classrooms have plenty of power outlets, but this isn't the case in all buildings.
Backlit keyboards are nice to have, especially when working in low-light conditions.
Touchscreens seem to be more trouble than they're worth. They don't facilitate writing code, and most students I work with dislike theirs or forget that they have it.
Optical drives (DVD or BluRay) are obsolete in 2019. Any required software is available via download.
When in doubt, get more USB ports.
A MicroSD card reader will come in handy.
PRE-REQUISITES - How do I know the prerequisites for a class?
B- If you took the prerequisite course at another institution or via AP/Concurrent Enrollment credits and have transferred them please look at your USU unofficial transcript or Degree Works to see if you have these credits posted to your USU account. If it is not yet showing it may have not come through our system yet or something went wrong with the transfer. Please contact the USU Registrar’s office to see if they can view the transcript from your transfer institution. If the prerequisite is posted to your account an advisor may need to make an adjustment for the system to recognize it as a prerequisite, or may have to authorize you to take the class anyway. The Computer Science Advisor can make authorizations for Computer Science courses, but not for other departments(e.g., math, chemistry, physics). You’ll need to contact the advisors in those departments specifically for their authorization.
C- If you are currently taking the prerequisite course elsewhere we don’t have the transcript (basically proof in the system that you’re currently in the class). You’ll need to be able to show either the Computer Science Advisor or another advising department that you’re in the class elsewhere so that you can receive an authorization. As long as you pass the class you are good to go. If you don’t pass the class you’ll need to drop the one that was authorized or it will be dropped for you.
TECHNICAL ELECTIVES - Which classes can count as a technical elective for my degree?
TUTORS/COACHES - I need help with coursework. Where should I go?
The Academic Resource Center has tutors for a variety of lower-level courses, see schedule.
Computer Science Coaching Center is available to any student taking a computer science course. It is located in Old Main 304 and is generally open Mon.-Fri. from 9 am - 9 pm, and Saturdays noon - 9 pm. Coaches are also available online. Check queuing information for details.