Welcome

The College of Computer and Information Science has 23 undergraduate degree programs and is housed in a new facility with the most current technology.

A major focus of our undergraduate programs is to provide the opportunity to combine a strong conceptual foundation of computing with an important application domain, all within the context of cooperative education.

You are invited to view the websites of our 41 faculty members, who are experts in their fields.  Our faculty are passionate about teaching and look forward to sharing their knowledge and research with you.

     

Advanced Placement and Transfer Credit

Advanced Placement

Credit based on the Advanced Placement examinations requires a grade of 4 or 5. The PDF table at the following link provides the match between specific AP exams and the corresponding Northeastern courses.

Advanced Placement Credit Award Chart

Please note, AP credit in Computer Science will grant free elective credit, but not CS elective credit. It cannot replace any degree requirements in the CCIS degree programs. Our program begins in a unique way from the point of view of both concepts and skills which the AP curriculum does not cover.

Transfer Credit

Admissions processes the credits transferred from another college or university. If your credit does not match a course Admissions has processed in the past, they will contact the appropriate academic unit to evaluate what, if any, course will match.

Transfer Credit Policies and Database

Note that it is the policy of both the college and the Provost’s Office that students may not take courses for transfer credit after enrolling at Northeastern.

When attending orientation, please bring a list of AP exams where you received a 4 or 5, and any unofficial transcripts for transfer credit.

International Baccalaureate

Northeastern accepts scores of 5, 6, or 7 on Higher level exams only for credit (except for Standard Level Further Mathematics).

International Baccalaureate Chart

General Certificate of Education

General Certificate of Education Chart

 

 

Northeastern University Catalog and Course Descriptions

The Northeastern Undergraduate Catalog

  • The catalog contains general information about the university as a whole including admissions, expenses, academic policies, the NU Core, Honors, experiential learning, and cooperative education. The catalog also contains detailed academic information about the degree programs in the various colleges and requirements for majors and minors.

The Northeastern Undergraduate Course Descriptions

  • The course descriptions include the paragraph length summary of each course together with prerequisite information and notations about which degree requirements may be satisfied by that course if any.

Northeastern University Core Requirements

The NU Core encapsulates all university-wide undergraduate requirements.

Here is the web link to the registrar site for general information on the NU Core:

NU Core Categories

Writing: First Year Writing

Choose one of the below:

  • ENGL 1111 College Writing
  • ENGL 1102 College Writing—SOL (Speakers of Other Languages)
  • AP Credit in English

Social Science Level 1

Choose one of the below:

  • May be satisfied by an elective course in this category.
  • AP Credit in:
    • Economics-Macro
    • Economics-Micro
    • Govt/Politics: US
    • Govt/Politics: Comparative
    • History/United States
    • History/European
    • History/World
    • Psychology
  • Some CCIS Degree programs automatically fulfill this requirement. Please see individual degree programs.

Arts/Humanities Level 1

Choose one of the below:

    May be satisfied by an elective course in this category.

  • Satisfied by: AP Credit in
    • Art: History of Art
    • Art: Studio 2D Design
    • Music Theory
  • Some CCIS Degree programs automatically fulfill this requirement. Please see individual degree programs.

Comparative Study of Cultures

  • Not fulfilled by CCIS degree programs or by AP credits.
  • May be satisfied by an elective course in this category or by some approved alternative option.

Science/Technology Level 1

  • Satisfied by: CS 2500 Fundamentals of Computer Science 1

Mathematical/Analytical Thinking Level 1

  • Satisfied by: CS 1800 Discrete Structures

Mathematical/Analytical Thinking Level 2

  • Satisfied by: CS 2800 Logic & Computation

Advanced NU Core Courses

Writing: Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Choose one:

  • ENGL 3302 Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions
  • ENGL 3301 Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Writing: Writing Intensive in the Major

Select one, depending on degree program:

  • CS 4500 Software Development
  • IS 3500 Information System Design & Development

Capstone

See individual degree programs for Capstone options. It is also possible to satisfy the capstone requirement with an undergraduate thesis.

Experiential Learning

Satisfied by Co-op experience. Contact an advisor if you do not plan to do a co-op and need an alternative.

One Intermediate or Advanced Course Outside Major

Choose one Intermediate or Advanced course outside your major.

Honors in Computer and Information Science

Honors Distinction

The goal of the Honors distinction in Computer and Information Science is to encourage strong students to undertake a project or activity in which they may achieve excellence. Projects may range over research, software development, data analysis, or experimental prototyping. Activities may include work with significant social impact or a service learning endeavor. To apply for Honors in Computer and Information Science, the student must prepare a full report or publishable paper and a short executive summary. The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.25. A small faculty committee in the college will make the final decisions as to which students will receive College Honors.

For more information on the College Honors distinction in CCIS, click HERE.

To contact CCIS about Honors, mail to: ccishonors@lists.ccs.neu.edu 

Honors Fundamentals of Computer Science 1

CS 2500 Fundamentals of Computer Science 1 is an enlightening and challenging experience. We offer an honors section of CS 2500 in the Fall semester, which flows at a faster pace and allows the opportunity for side projects. The honors section will use the extra time to cover several advanced topics that would normally not be covered in the freshman year.

CCIS students who belong to the university Honors Program should take the honors section of CS 2500.

Using the Banner System

View Schedule

To view your schedule, you must use Self Service Banner (SSB). Login with your myNEU credentials, or access Banner through the myNEU portal.

  • Student Schedule
  • Student Week at a Glance

Note: Banner abbreviations are as follows:

Mon = M  Tue = T  Wed = W  Thu = R  Fri = F

Enhanced Class Search

Enhanced Class Search allows you to search for courses.

For further information, see the Guide to Banner Enhanced Class Search

Add/Drop Classes

The Add/Drop period for classes can be found on the registrar’s website.

For futher information, see the Guide to Banner Course Add/Drop

 

CCIS Computing and Student Computers

Labs

CCIS has 3 lab facilities in its building West Village H.

  • 102 WVH
    • Lab open to all CCIS students during the day and evening
    • 80 systems available with a mixture of Linux and Windows
    • Additional tables and power strips available for student laptops
  • 210 WVH
    • Used for scheduled lab sections for courses
    • 48 Windows systems
  • 212 WVH
    • Used for scheduled lab sections for courses
    • 40 Windows systems
  • Access to Linux is possible from all systems in the CCIS labs by logging in through a Windows system.
  • There are many other computer labs on campus. The biggest is the Info Commons in the Snell Library containing both Windows systems and Macs, and open to all students

Software

The CCIS Systems Group maintains a specific suite of software for use by students in the college. Programming languages and integrated development environments (IDEs) can usually be downloaded by students for their personal systems for free.

The primary online storage for student data is on the Linux servers but there is a transparent way that data created on the Windows systems in the labs may be saved to the Linux storage area.

Central IT supplies a large suite of general purpose software on its NUnet network. This software may be accessed both on the machines managed by Central IT and on the CCIS lab systems. This software cannot be downloaded by students for free. If you use this software, you may want to take advantage of the CCIS options for online data storage.

Student computers

Many faculty and students choose to work with a machine that is configured to run more than one operating system. In this case, you need to partition both the internal memory and the available hard drive space.

Here are some recommended system parameters:

  • Minimum of 4 GB of internal memory
  • If you plan to run 2 operating systems in parallel then 8 GB of internal memory will probably be more satisfactory
  • Get as much hard disk space as you can afford
  • Having the fastest current processor is not needed; Usually it is much less expensive to choose a processor that is one or two steps below the fastest available
  • myNEU lists vendors with discounts

Student Activities in CCIS and NU

College of Computer & Information Science Student Organizations

  • Northeastern University Student Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery brings in a a variety of speakers from both corporate and academic environments, puts on a variety of social events to promote camaraderie among students and faculty including “Geek Week,” barbecues, and game nights, and serves as a voice for the students of CCIS.
  • CISters (Women in Computer and Information Sciences) is a student group created with the intention of supporting and connecting females who are studying or interested in the fields of computer and information science. CISters hosts a variety of academic and social activities throughout the year, including tech talks, student panels, and work shops.
  • CCIS Crew is the Volunteer Systems Group which investigates new technologies, organizes and performs research and development for the CCIS Systems Group, and improves and produces services to benefit the CCIS community.
  • Northeastern Game Development Club promotes game development among the Northeastern community and within the greater Boston community.
  • NU Hacks is a student-run organization for makers and hackers at Northeastern University. We meet up every Thursday night to work on projects and talk about things related to technology, design, and ethics.

Northeastern Student Organizations

Northeastern has over 325 student organizations and many opportunities for student involvement.

 

Boston Attractions

The College is located in the heart of the Fenway area of Boston. The Back Bay Fens and Kelleher Rose Garden, part of the Emerald Necklace designed in the late 1800’s by Frederick Law Olmsted, offers miles of paths for walking and running, a track, basketball courts, and a variety of quiet spots for contemplation.

The Museum of Fine Arts is directly across the street from the College, and The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Symphony Hall: Boston Symphony and Boston Pops, New England Conservatory of Music, and Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, are all within walking distance.

Boston’s subway and bus system, run by the MBTA, provides easy access to all corners of Boston. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, popular for shopping and dining, Boston’s historic North End, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, are all popular attractions.