Program Requirements for Admission

Program Requirements for Admission

Students who intend to major in Computer Science and are admitted as first-year students are placed in a pre-major status called CASCN (or DUS in some cases). These students can enter the Computer Science major (COMP) as soon as they meet the entrance qualification, by completing the Change-of-Major process on LionPATH. To be qualified for COMP major, a student must:

  • have earned a C or better in each of the following courses: MATH 140, MATH 141, CMPSC 121, and CMPSC 122
  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

Transfer Students

Admission is open to those students who have completed two years of undergraduate study at a community or junior college, any Penn State campus, or in a baccalaureate program at a four-year college or university. In general, the first two years of studies should be pursued in a baccalaureate degree program. A student holding an associate degree may enter and complete the program successfully; however, additional course work should be expected which may extend the length of the program. The student must have completed a minimum of 60 credits with a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a GPA of 2.4 in the mathematics and computer science courses. Due to differing backgrounds of entering students, it is possible that a student may not meet all admission requirements. It is possible to fulfill some of these admission deficiencies while taking courses for degree requirement at Penn State Harrisburg.