1. How does DES-CS fit in with Duke's academic program?

    Trinity students are required to take one credit of seminar their first year at Duke, which will be fulfilled in this program by taking the half credit course CompSci 18S twice, in the fall and in the spring. The other two DES-CS credits can be used for electives and possibly to fulfill other Curriculum 2000 requirements.

  2. What other courses will I take?

    Trinity first-year students must also complete Writing 20 their first year. That leaves sixe credits of courses of your choice in the first year. You should explore areas of academic interest that you might want to major in.

  3. Does Taking DES mean I must major or minor in computer science?

    No. The DES-CS program will allow you to explore computer science, but you do not have to major or minor in computer science. The DES-CS program will teach you useful skills that you can apply to your other courses, organizing data and programming skills. For example, many disciplines have special software that has been created for analyzing data, but it may not be setup specifically for the data you have collected. You would have the skills to write a simple program to reformat the data so it can be used with the existing software, or to write your own program for analyzing the data. It is not uncommon for Duke staff or graduate students to take introductory computer science courses to learn a skill that it would have been helpful for them to take as an undergraduate.

  4. Can I double major with computer science?

    Computer science is an interdisciplinary field. Computers are used to solve problems in almost all disciplines. The Computer Science A.B. degree is flexible to allow students to combine computer science with another discipline. About half of the computer science majors double major with a variety of other disciplines including Economics, Biology, Mathematics, Music, Art, English, Engineering. Minors in computer science are also available.

  5. Can I take the DES-CS program and the Focus program?

    YES, as long as the times for the courses for the two don't conflict. Both programs are for small groups of students to take multiple courses together. If you take both, then in the fall you will have 4 credits total with FOCUS and DES-CS, which includes two half credit courses. You would need to add one more one-credit course for a total of 5 credits. You may have trouble adding in the last course when you first register but we can help you add it in. In the spring you would have three courses of your choice, one of which would have to be Writing 20 if you didn't take it in the fall plus the DES-CS courses for a total of 4.5 credits.

  6. Can I apply to both DES-CS and the Focus Program?

    Yes, you can apply to both DES-CS and FOCUS and can be admitted to both programs. You must send in separate applications for both programs.

  7. Can I apply to the DES-CS program if I am in Engineering?

    No, Engineering students have specific engineering programming courses that they must take. They cannot receive credit for CompSci 6, so the DES-CS program is not an option. Engineering students can start taking computer science courses with either CompSci 100 or CompSci 100E.