- The Major
- Study Abroad
- Section Leading, Internships and Career Opportunities
- Coterminal Program
- How do I learn about activities and events in the CS department?
How many CS classes should I take this quarter?
Most students find that 2-3 classes is a manageable workload, but different students find different workloads comfortable. Most students find they are able to handle more CS classes per quarter as they advance in the major. For more details see the courseload recommendations webpage.
How does the Honor Code apply to CS?
Each person is expected to submit his or her own work. In particular, attempting to take credit for someone else's work by turning it in as one's own constitutes plagiarism, a serious violation of basic academic standards. For more details, please read the honor code page.
How do I file to graduate? Can I participate in the graduation ceremony even if I am not receiving a diploma?
If you are actually graduating and recieving your diploma, you need to do two things. First, make sure to fill out a program sheet and turn it in to Meredith Hutchin at least one quarter before you intend to graduate. Then you must file to graduate on Axess. There is a deadline for this; check the academic calendar. If you are not actually graduating, but you want to walk through at graduation, then you should keep an eye out during spring quarter for an email announcement from Meredith. She will send out mail to the BSCS list when walk-through petitions are available, and you need to fill one of those. The university requires you to have at least 165 units in order to walk through at graduation.
I've heard I can take an SCPD class while abroad?
Yes! Starting in 2014-15, students can take one SCPD course while abroad per quarter (no exceptions). More info can be found here.
Section Leading, Internships and Career Opportunities
How do I become a section leader?
Please see the CS198 Website for more information about the section leading program.
How can I get a summer job or internship? How do I get a full-time job?
The Computer Forum is the corporate affiliate program for the CS department. The Forum handles, among other things, a job announcements email list, company information sessions, and a technology job fair in January. The Computer Forum handles recruting for only its member companies; for information about other companies, see the Career Development Center Website. For more about doing research during the summer, see the research page and the CURIS website.
What is the "coterm" or "coterming"?
At Stanford, you can get both your BS and MS degrees together by participating in the Coterminal Master's Program ("coterm" for short). This program is extremely popular in computer science, with students from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds (including CS, EE, Psychology, and more) pursuing an MSCS. You may apply to this program for any quarter of the academic year prior to completing your eleventh quarter of undergraduate study and as early as your eighth quarter (or upon completion of 120 units). Information about application details and deadlines is available from the CS Graduate Admissions Office coterm page. Applications to the coterm differ very little from the regular application to the masters program in computer science. Students accepted to the coterminal program who have completed 180 units or more are officially considered graduate students and are subject to all the rights and responsibilities thereof, such as opportunities to get teaching and research assistantships, graduate tuition rates, and so forth. Please see the coterm page for more information.