USC offering discounted Google Career Certificates

The University of South Carolina has partnered with Coursera and Google to provide access to a selection of career certificates, including:

  • Business Intelligence (advanced), Cybersecurity.
  • Data Analytics, Data Analytics (advanced).
  • Digital Marketing & E-commerce.
  • IT Support, IT Automation with Python (advanced).
  • Project Management.
  • UX Design.

Who the classes are for: USC students, faculty and staff along with members of the general public who are interested in gaining in-demand career skills.

How it works: Sign up for a Google Career Certificate through Continuing Education and Conferences.

You receive access to the certificate courses for six months for $220, a 25 percent discount on Google’s monthly fee.

Certificates can be completed in four to six months with less than 10 hours per week of part-time study.

Additional discounts are available for USC students, faculty and staff as well as members of select partner organizations.

Register Here

CS and CIS: Liberal Arts and Application Area Requirements Replaced with Electives

Starting this Fall 2024 the CS Application Area Requirement, and the CS and CIS Liberal Arts Requirements are being replaced by a more relaxed "Electives" requirement. Any USC course can be used to satisfy the new Electives requirement, including CSCE courses (check out CSCE 180: "Artificial Intelligence for All" this Fall) Also, the total number of credits required for a degree has been reduced for the majority of students. The set of required CSCE courses remains the same. See the new CS Major Requirements and CIS Major Requirements for details. 

It starts Fall 2024, so only applies to those graduating in December 2024 or later. You can switch to the new 2024 requirements if you want. Just ask your Advisor to do it. It will mean you have more freedom with your electives and will need fewer or the same number of credits to graduate.

New pathway to MBA for CSE students

The College of Engineering and Computing and the Darla Moore School of Business have signed an agreement establishing a new 4+1 pathway partnership. This unique collaboration offers students the opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree from engineering and computing and a master’s degree from the Moore School in five years.  

How it works
Engineering and computing graduates will be given priority for direct admissions into the Moore School's one-year Master of Business Administration or the Master of Science in Business Analytics program. Students must graduate with a 3.2 GPA or higher and meet the general admissions standards of the programs.

Current engineering and computing students should apply at the start of their senior year. Previous graduates are also eligible to apply.

Read all the details here.

Summer Classes in .NET, Mobile, Azure Cloud

This Summer we are offering some 500-level classes that we do not usually offer in the Summer, these include Windows Programming (.NET), Mobile Application Development, Visualization Tools, and a class on Cloud Computing (Azure) which has not been added to the schedule yet. Check the Summer schedule at Some of these classes will bet taught by people from Capgemini. CS majors can use them as part of a Cloud-Native Application Development career, along with some MGMT classes for the Application Area.

New Class Fall 2020: CSCE 590 Functional Programming

CSCE 590: Functional Programming is a new class being offered this Fall 2020.

Description Functional programming as a paradigm. History of functional programming languages: Lisp, FP/FL, Scheme, ML, Miranda, Haskell. Programming in Haskell at an intermediate level: recursive and higher-order functions, list comprehensions, types and classes, monads, lazy evaluation, reasoning about programs.

Pre-requisites: CSCE 330 or CSCE 350 or MATH 374. CSCE_590_Syllabus_Functional_Programming.pdf

New Course and Course Changes for Fall 2020

Dear CSE Majors, This is Matt Thatcher, Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. I hope you and your families are doing well in these difficult times.

First, please register for courses as soon as possible to ensure your spot. On Monday, April 27 most CSCE courses will become available to non-CSE majors; many of our courses are likely to fill soon after, if not before, that date.

Second, if you have not been advised, then please contact your advisor ASAP to set up advising! You cannot register for courses until you have done so.

Third, we have made a few changes to the CSCE fall course schedule. Specifically:

[CE majors in particular] We added CSCE 313 001 to the fall course schedule. This is the first time in a very long time (if ever) that it has been offered in the fall term. Computer Engineering students, in particular, should take note of this opportunity to enroll in CSCE 313 this fall: CSCE 313 (Embedded Systems) MW 2:20 pm – 3:35 pm Instructor: TBD SWGN 3D22

[All majors, CIS majors in particular] A few days ago, we changed the days/times (and I believe the location) of CSCE 522 002 CSCE 522 002 TR 2:50 pm – 4:05 pm Csilla Farkas HZNPG 210

[CIS majors] CSCE 205 has been changed to 100% online delivery with a new enrollment capacity of 61 students. [All majors] As a reminder, this fall CSCE 215 will be offered only in the first half of the semester.

[All majors] For all current, non-freshman students who still need to fulfill their CSCE 190 requirement, please enroll in CSCE 190 002 (the Wednesday section). Section 002 has been opened to non-freshmen CSE majors.

Reminder: We Have a BS/MS Accelerated Program

This is Dr. Matt Thatcher, Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. I want to make you aware of an excellent opportunity available to you – the Bachelor’s/Masters Accelerated Program. This is a combined B.S./M.S degree program available to undergraduate students in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) with 90 or more hours earned toward their baccalaureate degrees. Students accepted into this program must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.40 and at least 3.40 in the course work taken in CSE. Up to 12 credit hours at the 500 level or above may be applied toward both the B.S. and M.S. degree requirements; this means that with one additional year of study you will leave USC with both a B.S. and an M.S. degree!

The approval of the student's advisor and the graduate director is required. You must have approval before enrolling in the 500 level or above courses in order for them to apply toward this accelerated degree program. So, make sure to contact the graduate director (via this link) soon to learn more about this opportunity; when you complete the contact form at this link please select Graduate admissions or questions as the Category. I hope everyone has a wonderful Fall Break! Sincerely, Matt E. Thatcher, Ph.D. Professor and Chair