Computer Science Placement

Most students will start the major sequence with CSCI-UA.0101 Introduction to Computer Science and MATH-UA.0121 Calculus I. Some students need preparatory courses before beginning the major, others will have advanced placement credit or transfer credit that enables them to skip certain courses in the major sequence.

Preparatory Course Work

CSCI-UA.0101 Introduction to Computer Science assumes that students have computing experience including an elementary understanding of programming. Although it is the first course in the major, it moves quickly and a student who is entirely unfamiliar with computing will have difficulty keeping pace. Students must either take CSCI-UA.0002 Introduction to Computer Programming or pass a placement exam given in several languages prior to taking CSCI-UA.0101.

Advanced Placement

The college will give credit for the following scores on the advanced placement test:

Subject Test Score Credit
Computer Science A 4 CSCI-UA.0101
Computer Science A 5 CSCI-UA.0101 (honors)

International Baccalaureate

The College recognizes, for advanced standing credit, higher-level examinations passed with grades of 6 or 7. No credit is granted for standard-level examinations. Official reports must be submitted to the Undergraduate Admissions Processing Center for review.

If you have scored 600 or higher and the exam score is on your NYU transcript, you may register for CSCI-UA.0201 Computer Systems Organization.

Freshman Placement Information

Well prepared freshmen who want to major in Computer Science and who have some programming experience, either from high school or the workplace, are advised to take CSCI-UA.0101 and CSCI-UA.0102 in their freshman year. This will allow more flexibility in taking electives during the junior and senior year. All sections of these classes use the Java programming language.

If you have little or no programming experience, you should take CSCI-UA.0002, Introduction to Computers and Programming, either the summer before your freshman year or during your freshman fall or spring semester, before taking CSCI-UA.0101.

Review the Sample Placement Exams for placement into CSCI-UA.0101.

Transfer Placement Information

Transfer students should have their transfer credits in computer science and mathematics evaluated during the first semester of enrollment in NYU's College of Arts & Science. Students should bring copies of their transcripts, along with copies of the descriptions of the courses, to the department.

In order to place out of a computer science course (CSCI-UA.0002, CSCI-UA.0101, or CSCI-UA.0102), you must have appropriate experience with computer programming, normally using C, C++, Java or Python. If you have studied C, C++, Java, or Python, you should take the NYU Computer Science Placement Exam for Freshmen, even if you are a sophomore or junior. See the separate web page on the NYU Computer Science Placement Exam for Freshmen (Sample Placement Exams). This exam should take about 30 minutes. If you are a transfer student who has not studied C, C++, Java, or Python you must make an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to discuss your options.

If you wish to place out of CSCI-UA.0101, into CSCI-UA.0102, and have taken a college level class studying C, C++, Java or Python at a reasonably advanced level (including arrays, functions, recursion, and at least one of structs (C), objects (C++/Java), or records (Python)), you must ALSO take Part I of the "NYU Computer Science Placement Exam for Transfer Students: Additional Questions". You may use any of C, C++, Java or Python to answer the questions. This should take another 30 minutes or so. However, if you have taken the AP exam in Computer Science (the A version) administered by the ETS and received a 4 or a 5 as your grade, you do not need to take this exam.

If you wish to also place out of CSCI-UA.0102, into CSCI-UA.0201, and have taken a college level course that included writing programs using linked lists and binary trees, you must ALSO take Part II of the "NYU Computer Science Placement Exam for Transfer Students: Additional Questions". You may use any of C, C++, Java or Python to answer the questions. This should take an additional 30 minutes or so. However, if you have taken the AP exam in Computer Science (the AB version) administered by the ETS and received a 4 or a 5 as your grade, you do not need to take this exam.

If you wish to place out of CSCI-UA.0004 (Introduction to Web Design) and you have either taken a college level course that included working with images and using xHTML/CSS to build a comprehensive website; or you have working experience in this field, you are welcome to request the placement test for this course. Sample questions are provided on the Sample Placement Exams page.

For further information, please e-mail the Undergraduate Program Administrator.