The computing exploration option provides students with the opportunity to explore seven of the college’s undergraduate computing majors—computer science, computing and information technologies, computing security, human-centered computing, new media interactive development, software engineering, and web and mobile computing. Students complete courses in computer science, computing security, and web development. They may also take additional courses in other computing majors as they decide on which major bests fits their career goals and aspirations.
Students may stay in the exploration option for up to two semesters (one academic year). Each student has an assigned academic adviser who provides guidance on the requirements of each major, course selection, minors, and career options. All courses taken in the exploration option are accepted by the seven computing majors; all credits earned are applicable to a student’s chosen major and maintain the student’s track toward graduation.
Computing exploration, typical course sequence
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|MATH-181, 182||Project-based Calculus I, II||8|
|CSCI-141, 142||Computer Science I, II||8|
|CSEC-101||Fundamentals of Computing Security||3|
|ISTE-140||Web and Mobile I||3|
|CINT-101||Computing Exploration Seminar||1|
|MATH-190||Discrete Math for Computing||3|
|ACSC-010||Year One: College Experience||0|
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|SWEN-250||Personal Software Engineering|
|NSSA-241||Introduction to Routing and Switching|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||32|
Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.
* Please see Wellness Education Requirements for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.
Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only
Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.
The computing exploration option is designed for students who are interested in computing but are unsure whether computer science or software engineering is the correct choice for them. Students in the exploration option spend their first and part of their second year exploring computer science and software engineering before selecting a major.
The computing exploration option has been carefully designed so that students will stay on track for graduation regardless of whether they select the computer science or software engineering major. Each student is assigned an adviser who will meet regularly to discuss course selection, provide guidance, and discuss career options.
Computing exploration, undeclared option (quarters)
|Course||Qtr. Cr. Hrs.|
|4020-101||Introduction to Computing and Informatics||1|
|4003-241||Problem-Based Introduction to Computer Science||4|
|1720-050, 052||First-Year Enrichment I, II||2|
|4003-242||Data Structures for Problem Solving||4|
|1016-282||Project-Based Calculus II||4|
|1016-265||Discrete Mathematics I||4|
|4003-243||OOP Using Java||4|
|1016-283||Project-Based Calculus III||4|
|1016-366||Discrete Mathematics II||4|
|4010-590||Personal Software Engineering||4|
|Total Quarter Credit Hours||51|
* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.
† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.