Tips for Success in our Program
Here are some suggestions from the department
faculty that can help you achieve greater success and enjoyment in the
- Keep in touch with your advisor. Each semester, carefully review
your progress and plans in the program with your faculty advisor.
Make sure that you and your advisor discuss your program so that
you take courses in the appropriate order, meet the required prerequisites
for all courses, and complete the program without surprises or unnecessary
delays. Check frequently your Degree Audit reporting System (DARS) reports.
- Keep and read the information available from these pages. The
same information can be obtained from the Computer Science Handbook.
Make sure you're familiar with all the program rules that apply
to you. There are occasional program changes from year to year,
e.g.: new courses, discontinuation of courses, changes in prerequisites,
and changes in program requirements.
- The program requirements that apply to you are the ones in effect
for the semester that you matriculated (became enrolled in a degree
program) at Brockport (not necessarily the first semester you
were a computer science or information systems major or took courses).
Keep a copy of the Computer Science Handbook for that first-matriculated
semester for reference as you progress through the program.
- Take more than required courses. The listed program requirements
specify only the minimum you need for the degree. Many students
take more than these. This suggestion is both for the sake of your
success in the job market, and also to add flexibility to your knowledge
in the discipline, and to help you be adaptable in this rapidly
- Pace yourself. The faculty advises against taking more than two
courses in a given semester that are marked "Extensive Programming."
Success in such courses requires a heavy time commitment, much like
a laboratory course in the natural sciences. Furthermore, if you
have a job or family responsibilities, you are strongly advised
to limit yourself to one "Extensive Programming" course. If you
ever do become overwhelmed by course work, don't hesitate to drop
a course. As in any serious endeavor, in the long run the quality
of your work is much more important than your speed through it.
If you need to drop a course, be sure you do so before the drop
- Make and follow a plan. Choose your elective courses to fit a
coherent career plan. Your advisor will help you do this. It's fine
to take a course or two just to find out what a subject is like.
But by the time you finish your degree, you should have accumulated
a set of elective courses that provide a background in depth in
some particular area of the field.
- Get involved! Participate in the life of the department. For example,
join the student clubs. They organize
meetings and other activities,
providing you with the opportunity to meet your fellow students
outside the classroom. Likewise, attend the lectures and social
functions that are organized from time to time by the department.
At these events you can meet faculty members and students whom you
might otherwise not encounter through class attendance.
The department faculty members wish you every success in your academic life, and always
stand ready to help you progress through the program.