The Technical Electives must be made up of three 3000+ level courses.  These courses must be taken for a letter grade, and each must earn three or more credit hours.

Normally these courses are chosen from application areas such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Economics, Linguistics, and the Engineering fields including CS. The courses must engage the student in a technical, quantitative way. Courses that simply involve writing about science or technology do not qualify, e.g., Government 3071 (Introduction to Public Policy) or Communications 3020 (Scientific Writing for the Media).

If you are still unclear about the Technical Electives, this additional information may be helpful. A list of examples follows.

Technical Electives are also likely to have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Have mathematics or science pre-requisites.
  • Include graded problem sets, proofs or theorems.
  • Involve the use of formal analytical methods such as:
    • formal logic
    • statistical analysis
    • chemical analysis
    • mathematical abstraction
    • scientific experimentation

Course categories that typically DO NOT qualify as Technical Electives for the Computer Science major:

  • Courses in History or the Humanities.
  • Communications courses, Languages, Performance/Expressive Arts.
  • Courses that focus primarily on the discussion of and writing about ideological viewpoints, technological trends, stylistic movements, business/management strategies, cultural/economic issues, the law, or governmental systems.
  • Social science courses with an emphasis on behavioral theory or courses emphasizing a general survey of current literature and/or the discussion of various case studies.
  • Technical Writing courses in Engineering.
  • Introductory level finance, accounting, and/or business management courses. Including 3000+ level courses with no technical or math prerequisites.
     

Examples of courses that qualify as technical electives:

  • AEM 4120 (stats required), AEM 4210 (stats required, calculus preferred w/ strong analytical skills)
  • BEE 4750 (differential equations required)
  • BIONB 3300
  • BTRY 3080
  • CEE 3040
  • CHEM 3570
  • CS 3152 (taken as CS 3152 not INFO 3152), CS 4999
  • EAS 3010 (math & science pre-reqs)
  • ECON 3030 , ECON 3130, ECON 4020 (technical pre-reqs.)
  • ECE 3100
  • ENGRD 2700
  • LING 3333 (logic or semantics required)
  • MATH 4810 (also PHIL 4310)
  • NBA 5550 (stats required)
  • ORIE 3120 (ENGRD 2700 required), ORIE 3150 (using tech. analysis), ORIE 3300, ORIE 4800 (technical pre-reqs.)
  • PHIL 3310
  • PSYCH 3420

Examples of courses that don't count as technical electives:

  • ART 3901
  • INFO 3651 (social science course)
  • MAE 4610
  • NBA 5640
  • NCC 5500 (intro, no tech pre-reqs)
  • ORIE 4990 (teaching for credit)
  • PSYCH 3800 (social science course)
  • S&TS 3601 (social science course)

Examples of courses that seem like they might qualify, but don't!:

  • AEM 3520
  • BEE 4890 (lacks depth in technical material)
  • CEE 3230 (intro/theory), CEE 3610 (intro, no math/science pre-reqs)
  • ECON 4010
  • HADM 4145
  • INFO 4120
  • MATH 4030 (a broad view of the field)
  • NCC 5560 (theory and case studies)
  • ORIE 4152
  • PSYCH 3050 (theory course), PSYCH 3250 (survey of theories and treatments)