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Faculty of Arts and SciencesComputer ScienceHenry Leitner
TermDay and TimeLocation
Spring 2018-2019  (show academic calendar)TuTh   10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.Maxwell Dworkin G115 (SEAS)
4  (show credit conversion for other schools)
Credit Level

An introduction to the most important discoveries and intellectual paradigms in computer science, designed for students with little or no previous background. Explores problem-solving using high and low-level programming languages; presents an integrated view of computer systems, from switching circuits up through compilers and GUI design. Examines theoretical and practical limitations related to unsolvable and intractable computational problems, and the social and ethical dilemmas presented by such issues as software unreliability and invasions of privacy.

May not be taken for credit after completing Computer Science 50.

Exam Group

Cross Registration
Eligible for cross-registration
With permission of instructor/subject to availability

MIT students please cross register from MIT's Add/Drop application.