Planning a Degree

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If you are interested in majoring in Mathematics or Computer Science, you are encouraged to speak with a faculty member about your plans. The College does not require that you declare a major until Spring of your second year, but you can always declare earlier.

Mathematics

To pursue a Mathematics major, you are encouraged to complete the Calculus sequence (Math 121, 122 and 223) as soon as possible. If you enter Rhodes with credit for Math 121 or even 122 then you will be off to a good start. Math 201 is required of most upper-level courses so it should be completed in the Spring of the first year (if you are prepared) or no later than your second year. In addition, Math 261 should be taken no later than Spring of your second year. The Physics sequence and CS 141 should be completed no later than the third year but the sooner the better.
Mathematics prerequisite diagram (PDF)

Keep in mind the following scheduling restrictions:

 Math 121 Only offered in the Fall 
 Math 201  Only offered in the Spring; requires Math 122; 201 is required for most upper level courses
 Math 261  Only offered in the Spring (does not require Math 201)
 CS 141  Only offered in the Fall
 Math 321  Only offered in the Fall of even years
 Math 362  Only offered in the Fall of odd years

Computer Science

To pursue the Computer Science major, it is important that you take the introductory courses (CS 141, 142, 172, 231 and 241) as soon as possible. Starting the major in the second year will be difficult; starting in the third year may be impossible. In particular, CS 241 is a prerequisite for almost all upper-level courses so it should not be put off. The mathematics courses should be completed no later than the third year. At least one upper-level (above 300) computer science course will be offered each semester but you should plan ahead if there are particular courses that you want to take.
Computer Science prerequisite diagram (PDF) 

Keep in mind the following scheduling restrictions:

 CS 141 Only offered in the Fall; prerequisite for 172
 CS 142  Only offered in the Spring
 CS 172  Only offered in the Spring; prerequisite for 231 and 241
 CS 231  Only offered in the Fall
 CS 241  Only offered in the Fall; prerequisite for most upper-level courses