Advising Plans

Plan your courses strategically to prepare you for whichever major best suits your needs, passion, and path.  Also, consider a minor if it suits your interests and plan.

It is important to review your proposed plan with an advisor; your course plan may be different based on many factors (incoming students, especially freshmen, can use plans.ucsd.edu).  Consult the department whose major you wish to declare for instructions on admission into that major.  Many computational majors are capped so you should contact the major department as soon as possible. Do your best to land in your major by the start of your junior year.  

For specific questions about a major of interest, please contact that respective department for specific information.

1st Year Plans ( Freshmen )

Major Fall Winter Spring
Bioengineering / Biology / and Chemistry -Bioinformatics

CSE 8A


MATH 20A
CHEM 6A

CSE 8B
CSE 20 or Math 15A

MATH 20B
CHEM 6B

CSE 12
CSE 15L

MATH 20C
CHEM 6C

**Cognitive Science with a special. in Computation or HCI CSE 8A
MATH 20A
GE
CSE 8B
CSE 20 or Math 15A
MATH 20B
CSE 12
CSE 15L
MATH 20C
GE
*Math- Computer Science CSE 8A
MATH 20A
GE
CSE 8B
CSE 20 or Math 15A
MATH 20B
CSE 12
CSE 15L
MATH 20C
GE
Music / Visual Arts-Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts CSE 8A
VIS 1
MUS 4
GE
CSE 8B
CSE 20 or Math 15A
GE
CSE 12
CSE 15L
VIS 41
GE
Physics with a special. in Computational Sciences CSE 8A
MATH 20A
CHEM 6A
GE
CSE 8B
CSE 20 or Math 15A
MATH 20B
PHYS 4A
CSE 12
CSE 15L
MATH 20C
PHYS 4B
* Get to Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus as quick as you can (opens up MATH 109 and UD Math courses)
** Most CogSci courses are offered once a year, so plan accordingly. Also, math and programming requirements are
pre-requisites for most upper-division CogSci Computation courses so get them out of the way ASAP.

        

1st Year Plans (Transfers)

Major Fall Winter Spring
Bioengineering / Biology / and Chemistry -Bioinformatics CSE 12
CSE 15L
CHEM 6B
GE
CSE 30
CSE 20 or MATH 15A
CHEM 6C
CSE 21
CHEM 7L
PHYS 2A
BILD 94/CSE 191
Cognitive Science with a special. in Computation or HCI CSE 12
CSE 15L
COGS 1
GE
CSE 30
CSE 20 or Math 15A
COGS 14A
COGS Elective
CSE 21
COGS 14B
COGS Elective
Math- Computer Science CSE 12
CSE 15L
MATH 109
GE
CSE 30
CSE 20 or Math 15A
MATH CS-Elective
CSE 21
MATH CS-Elective
MATH CS-Elective
Music / Visual Arts-Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts CSE 12
CSE 15L
MUS 170 (ICAM Music)
GE
CSE 30
CSE 20 or Math 15A
MUS 171 (ICAM Music)
CSE 21
MUS 172 (ICAM Music)
GE
Physics with a special. in Computational Sciences CSE 12
CSE 15L
PHYS 100A
PHYS 105A
PHYS 110A
CSE 20
PHYS 100B
PHYS 105B
PHYS RE
CSE 30CSE 21
PHYS 120
PHYS 130A
PHYS RE

Note: this plan assumes completion of some transfer coursework.  Talk to your major advisor to craft your personal plan.

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.