Recommended High School Courses

Recommended High School Courses



Of course, you should study hard and strive for excellence in all your courses. In order to prepare for college, we particularly recommend the following courses:

  1. Take as much math as possible. A computer science degree requires 22 hours of math, starting with calculus. If at all possible, take a calculus course in high school.
  2. Take any computer science courses that emphasize structured programming in high-level languages, or take the Advanced Placement course, if available.
  3. Take physics and chemistry.
  4. Do well in English. As a student in computer science, you will be required to have the equivalent of 6 credit hours of freshman writing courses, 6 hours of Writing Intensive courses, and a public speaking course. Employers who hire computer scientists need their employees to be proficient at writing reports and documentation and making oral presentations.