Which course should I take first if I haven’t yet taken any computing courses?
If you are a Computer Science major or minor, 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 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 a major in any other department or school at Elon, any 100 or 200-level course with no prerequisite would be appropriate.
Will my computing course count towards the science category under liberal studies to meet one of my general studies requirements?
Any computer science course, i.e., one with a CSC 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.