The University of Texas at Dallas

Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science


Incoming Students

Computer Science Placement Information+

All Jonsson School students must take computer science (CS). Mechanical engineering (ME), biomedical engineering (BMEN), and electrical engineering (EE) students are only required to take CS 1325. All computer science, software engineering and computer engineering students must take CS/CE 1337. Students in ME, BMEN or EE with interests in computer science may use CS/CE 1337 as a substitute for CS 1325 (Please note that CS 1325 may not replace CS/CE 1337).

Students must place into their class either by earning a grade of C or better in CS 1336 or by passing the C++ computer science placement test. You may only take the test one time. First year students can take the test at orientation. Transfer students and other students need to work with their advisors to schedule the test. If you pass, you will be allowed to register for CS/CE 1337 or CS 1325. If you do not pass or do not have any programming experience, you must register for CS 1336/1136.

Jonsson School students do not earn degree credit for CS 1336/1136. It is used for placement purposes only. A similar placement test will be administered during the first week of classes for students in CS 1337. Those who do not receive a satisfactory score will be instructed to move to CS 1336/1136.

If you have taken the Advanced Placement CS A or CS AB exams, you may be eligible for university credit.

Math Placement Information +

UT Dallas offers two calculus sequences. Which one you take will depend on several factors, including your major, your test scores and in some cases your preference. Students may take an accelerated sequence of MATH 2417 and MATH 2419. This is equivalent to the three-semester sequence of MATH 2413, MATH 2414 and MATH 2415. Some students may be required to take preparatory courses before entering the calculus sequence. These courses will not count on the student's degree plan.

Computer science and software engineering students need only complete MATH 2413 and MATH 2414. All other majors must also complete MATH 2415 or take the accelerated sequence.

UT Dallas also requires that the ALEKS placement test be taken by all incoming first year students, and by transfer students who have not started their math sequence.

AP scores can be used to place a student into the appropriate math course.

Register for UT Dallas Orientation +

Undergraduate students, either entering as freshman or transfer students, are able to attend orientation. Freshman Orientation is a two-day program for all freshmen that provides an overview of the extensive range of opportunities available at the University. At Transfer Orientation new students learn about UT Dallas resources, meet with academic advising and begin the process of registering for classes.

Advising Orientation +

Toward the end of your orientation, the Office of Undergraduate Advising (OUGA) will provide an advising orientation that will include registration for your first semester of classes with a schedule that's suitable for you. It's important to register for the earliest orientation date possible. Waiting until the last sessions may make it more difficult to get the schedule you want since classes will begin filling up.

What to bring to orientation:

  • Bring copies of all test score reports. Sometimes students find that their newest AP or ALEKS scores are not yet in our system. You will need copies of these to prove you have the prerequisites for math. Note: We will not register you for classes for which you do not have the necessary documentation.

    For example, if you have AP exam scores that qualify you for MATH 2417 (Calculus I) but these scores are not in our system and you have not brought a copy of your scores, we must register you for a lower math course, and you will have to visit us again to change your schedule.

  • We will have the results of the CS placement test. You will have the opportunity to take the CS placement test, if necessary, at orientation, but doing so beforehand helps speed the registration process.

Transfer Credit +

Entering students may transfer credits by exam — Advanced Placement (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) — through military service, or by taking courses outside of UT Dallas. Consult with your current academic counselor to be sure your credits will transfer.

Suggested Science Electives for Computer Science and Software Engineering+

Course Number and Name Pre-requisites
CHEM 1311/1111-General Chemistry I w/ lab None
CHEM 1312/1112-General Chemistry II w/ lab CHEM 1311/1111
BIOL 2311/2111-Introduction to Modern Biology I w/ lab CHEM 1311/1111 and CHEM 1312/1112
BIOL 2312/2112- Introduction to Modern Biology II w/ lab BIOL 2311/2111
BIOL 2350-Biological Basis of Health and Disease None
GEOS 1303/1103-Physical Geology w/ lab None
GEOS 2409-Rocks and Minerals GEOS 1303/1103
GEOS 2310-Environmental Geology None
GEOS 2321- Geology, Resources, and Environment of Latin America None
NSC 4352-Cellular Neuroscience NSC 3361
NSC 4354-Integrative Neuroscience NSC 3361

*May also take the next physics course after Phys 2326/2126
** Other classes may be acceptable. See your advisor if you have any questions.

  • Students can use any of the above courses toward the science requirement
  • If the student is interested in taking a science course not on the approved list, the student can get permission from the students advisor
  • The advisor will ten confirm with the associate dean, if said science course can used towards the science elective requirement