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Frequently Asked Questions about Courses

Which course should I take first if I haven't yet taken any computing courses?

If you are a major or minor in Information Science then you should take either ISC 111 or CSC 130 as your first course.

If you are a Computer Science major or minor or a Math major or are considering a dual-degree engineering program, you should take CSC 130. CSC 130 is also an appropriate first course for other majors, particularly quantitative ones. It will provide you with an introduction to programming and problem solving emphasizing applications from quantitative disciplines. In addition, CSC 130 can serve as a non-lab science course in the science category for liberal studies.

If you are interested in a minor in Multimedia Authoring, you should take ISC 111.

If you plan a major in Finance, Management, Marketing, or Accounting, you should take CIS 211 as your first course. CIS 211 has no prerequisites. 

If you plan to seek teacher licensure (elementary, special, middle grades, or secondary other than Music), you should take CIS 220. Note that either Education 211 or SOC 243 is a prerequisite for this course.

If you are interested in a minor in Geographical Information Systems, you should begin with ISC 111.

If you are a major in any other department or school at Elon, any 100 or 200-level course with no prerequisite would be appropriate.

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Will my computing course count towards the science category under liberal studies to meet one of my general studies requirements?

Any course named computer or information science, ones with a CSC or ISC prefix, can count as a non-lab science course under the liberal studies science category. Computer Information Systems courses with a CIS prefix do NOT satisfy the science category of liberal studies.

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How do Computer Science and Information Science differ?

To answer this question, visit the pages provided on this site about each program, Computer Science and Information Science. There you will find a brief and a longer description about each one, and you can follow links to other pages containing course descriptions and a list of required courses and a printer-friendly checklist of graduation requirements for each major.

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