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- First Years
- Gen Ed
- Prior Experience
- Simultaneous Enrollment
Which languages will I learn?
Why does CS50 use C?
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Can first years take both CS50 and a Freshman Seminar SAT/UNS?
Yes. Even though first years may not ordinarily enroll in both a Freshman Seminar and another non-letter-graded course in any one term, they may take both CS50 and a Freshman Seminar SAT/UNS.
Should first years take CS50?
Yes, if they would like! In Fall 2017, first years composed a majority of CS50’s student body. While students should be mindful of CS50’s workload and should perhaps avoid taking 4 pset-based classes, students shouldn’t shy away (from CS50 or any other introductory course) simply because they’re first years.
Does CS50 satisfy a Gen Ed requirement?
Yes. You may may take CS50 to fulfill the Science and Engineering and Applied Science distribution requirement or the Quantitative Reasoning with Data requirement, but not both.
If my laptop isn’t working, can I borrow one?
Yes, SEAS Computing has a (small) number of loaner computers that they can loan out for a couple of weeks at a time. They arent’t replacements, just a way of not falling too far behind while you either get your current machine repaired or procure a new one. Email email@example.com to arrange.
Does CS50 have any prerequisites?
No, CS50 does not assume any prior CS or programming experience. In fact, 66% of Fall 2018’s students had never taken a CS course before!
Should I skip CS50 if I already took AP CS A?
Probably not. Most students who have taken AP CS A still take CS50 as it tends to fill in gaps in their knowledge and also introduces them to C (and more!).
When is CS50 offered?
CS50 is offered primarily in fall term. All students, including concentrators and non-concentrators, are encouraged to take CS50 in fall term. However, concentrators and secondaries unable to take the course in fall term may take a spring version of CS50.
How does spring term differ from fall term?
In fall term, students are expected to attend live lectures as well as live, TF-led sections. In spring term, students are expected to watch lectures on video (produced in fall term) and attend live, preceptor-led classes.
Academically, the terms are equivalent, but the fall version of CS50 includes cultural traditions as well.
|CS50 Puzzle Day||✓|
|Grading Basis||SUS or LG||LG|
|Meetings||TF-led sections||Preceptor-led classes|
Can I simultaneously enroll in CS50 and another course that meets at the same or overlapping time?
Only in fall term, not in spring term.
How difficult is CS50?
For many students, CS50 is simply more time-consuming than it is difficult. Starting each week’s problem set early, then, makes things easier! And the course’s difficulty was also recalibrated back in 2016, per the Q data below.
How much work is CS50?
Although the course’s workload had been on the rise in recent years, the course’s workload was recalibrated back in 2016, per the Q data below.
By mid-semester, most students spend 10+ hours per week on the course’s problem sets, but it definitely varies by problem set, per the below, and student.
Note that, in Fall 2019, students had two weeks to complete Problem Set 8, compared to one week for each of the other problem sets.