Details specific to petitioning COM SCI 194 or COM SCI 199 Major Field Credit
Computer Science and Computer Science and Engineering students are allowed one
4 unit COM SCI 199 or COM SCI 194 to apply as a major field elective via petition at 6426 Boelter Hall.
Student who wish to petition more than 4 units (up to 8 units) of COM SCI 194 or COM SCI 199 to satisfy major
field elective credit, per the Computer Science Department, your petition must include enough information for
a serious evaluation to be made. Basically you will be suggesting that the work you did was of equivalent effort and also a significant learning experience equivalent (at least) to 2 regular 4 unit courses. You should be aware
that approving such a petition is NOT a foregone conclusion and you should think in terms of providing clear and convincing information for a decision to be made on the petition.
For further consideration, please submit the following to 6426BH:
*(1) A letter from you addressing the points listed below. For this,you can re-use material that you have already written for the 199 reports:
A. Describe and motivate the project goals.
B. What were the most significant results of the project and explain why they are significant. What was the most creative, innovative part of what you accomplished and argue why it is creative/innovative.
C. What challenges did you encounter? What did it take to over come these? (Mundane things such as bugs in code can be a challenge but, while such challenges can be time consuming and can be mentioned here, it is more meaningful if you can single out more intellectual challenges and accomplishments.)
D. What specifically did you have to learn to do the project? What were your sources for learning these things? What CS concepts or skills did you learn as a result of completing this project? Why is this comparable to what you would have learned in two single-quarter upper division CS courses?
E. What might be suggested follow-on work to extend this project.
F. To support the above items, provide where appropriate related data such as code, experiment descriptions, data gathered,analysis made, proofs of theorems, etc.
*(2) A letter of support from your advisor, addressing the points listed below:
A) What CS concepts or skills did the student learn as a result of completing this project? Do you think this is comparable to what the student would have learned in two single-quarter upper division CS courses?
B) What experience relevant to CS did the student gain as a result of completing this project? Do you think this is comparable to what the student would have gained in two single-quarter upper division CS courses?