Undergraduate News

Advisement Summer and Fall 2014

Advisement for Summer and Fall 2014 semesters will be on March 17-28th. Students must be advised in order to register. You can find out the name of your advisor in Self Service Carolina. You can then contact your advisor or drop by their office as most of them will have sign up sheets outside their office. Registration time tickets will be available to students on Friday, March 7th on Self Service Carolina. Registration will begin on April 14th. Here is the list of the Carolina Core courses. Remember to check to make sure you satisfy the pre-reqs for each class. If you sign up for a class without satisfying the pre-reqs you will be dropped from it when the semester starts, at which point it will be much harder to find a suitable class. If you think you do not need to take the pre-reqs, talk to your advisor, if he agrees then you can fill out a pre-req waiver form and request that the pre-req be waived. If you want to change majors, please visit Student Services. If you wish to take courses over the Summer at another university, please visit Student Services for transient permission. Here is the list of classes USC will accept as transfers from other Universities.

Changes to CIS Major

We have just published the new degree requirements for Computer Information System majors, effective Fall 2014, which include some significant changes to the major. As always, current CIS majors can elect to change to the new degree requirement but not before consulting with your academic advisor. Remember that if you change then you must satisfy all the new requirements, not just some. The changes include:
  1. MATH 141, 142 have been replaced with MATH 122.
  2. MATH 374 is replaced with MATH 174
  3. STAT 509 is replaced with STAT 515 and STAT 516.
  4. The required Minor in Business Information Management will now consist of the following required classes:
    • ECON 224 - Introduction to Economics
    • ACCT 222 - Introduction to Accounting
    • MGMT 371 - Principles of Management
    • MGSC 390 - Business Information Systems
    • MGSC 490 - Information Systems Analysis and Design
    • MGSC 590 - Information Systems Development
    plus, any two of the following courses:
    • ACCT 324: Survey of Commercial Law
    • ECON 311: Issues in Economics
    • ECON 379: Government Policy Toward Business
    • FINA 333: Finance and Markets
    • IBUS 301: Introduction to International Business
    • MGMT 472: Entrepreneurship and Small Business
    • MKTG 350: Introduction to Marketing
    • MKTG 351: Consumer Behavior
    • MGSC 395: Operations Management
The full degree requirements are at the Computer Information System degree page. We will allow students to substitute MATH 141 for MATH 122, and MATH 374 for MATH 174, and STAT 509 for for STAT 515. So, if you have already taken one of these classes and want to change to the new major you will still be able to use the class you already took.

HCI Course this Spring

There is still room for students to enroll in the Human-Computer Interaction course during the spring semester. It is currently listed as CSCE 590-001 but has recently been approved as a regular course with its own number. The only requirement is that you have upper division undergraduate or graduate standing. There is no math requirement and no specific programming expertise requirement. HCI is a bit different from a lot of the more traditional CSE courses. The emphasis is on designing and developing systems that people not only want to use but can use effectively. We’ll look at how research and development is handled in this area and explore a lot of new and innovative computer systems and interfaces. There will be several guest lectures, which are still being arranged. There will be a course project as well as some shorter assignments. You will have a lot of flexibility in designing your project, which could emphasize design, development, evaluation, or something even more imaginative. Our new faculty member, Dr. Jenay Beer, will present the lectures during the first week while I am out of town and will then visit the class on a regular basis. Next fall she will be teaching a course on Robot-Computer Interaction, and this spring course will provide an excellent lead-in to what should be an exciting new course. Yes, the course does meet early in the morning. Your future job may well start even earlier! And it only meets twice a week. Best wishes, Dr. Caroline Eastman

Change to the Accelerated Masters Program

Now undergraduate students can take up to 12 graduate hours of course work and receive both undergraduate and graduate credit for those 12 hours. The credits can be applied to the student's baccalaureate program and with graduate program admission applied to a graduate program. With this change, students in the Accelerated Masters program having earned 12 graduate credits only need 18 more graduate credits after Bachelors to earn a Masters degree.

Foreign Language Requirement

Even though the University has now adopted the Carolina Core, the foreign language requirement for students in the College of Engineering and Computing has not changed. To satisfy to foreign language requirement, all students in our college, unless they are international students who did not graduate from a U.S. high school, would need to do one of the following:
  • Score a 2 or higher on a foreign language placement test
  • Complete the first two semesters of a traditional foreign language (i.e. French, German, Spanish)
  • Complete the first semester of a non-traditional foreign language (i.e. Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Swahili)
  • Provide a memo from Foreign Languages that a student has tested out of one of the non-traditional foreign languages (i.e. Vietnamese, Hindi, Swedish)
If you have any questions concerning the foreign language requirement, please contact Student Services for clarification.

Advisement Fall 2013

Advisement will run from October 21 to November 1. You can find out who your advisor is at my.sc.edu. You can then contact them to setup an advisement appointment, or drop by their office to setup the appointment. Registration appointments will be sent to the students by the Registrar through my.sc.edu. Undergraduate early registration begins the week of November 11th. Open registration starts November 18th.

Tutoring Available in Swearingen

It has been arranged for tutors from the Student Success Center to serve our students on Monday and Wednesday afternoons in Swearingen 1A31 (cube at the Assembly Street entrance). Here’s the tutoring schedule you can share with your students. Drop-in Tutoring Schedule Fall 2013, Swearingen room 1A31
  • Math (115 – 242): M 12-3, W 12-3, 3:30-5
  • Physics (211-212): MW 3 – 5
  • Thermo: MW 3 – 5
  • Statics: MW 3 – 5
  • Chemistry (111 – 334): M 3 – 5, W 12 – 2
  • STAT 509: W 12 – 2
This is a trial program for this semester. Based on usage, we will terminate, continue or expand this in the Spring.

ENCP 481 has been Dropped

CE majors, regardless of year, do not need to take ENCP 481. This 1-credit hour class has been absorbed into CSCE 490. That is
  • CSCE 490 is a substitute for ENCP 491 and ENCP 481
  • CSCE 492 is a substitute for ENCP 492
There was some confusion on whether or not this would happen but we can confirm now that even current students do not need ENCP 481 to graduate. See earlier post for the full details on curriculum changes.