CICS Connect RAP is an opportunity for students who are entering declared in a CICS (College of Information and Computer Sciences) major or as undeclared in the CICS Exploratory Track to live together and have their collegiate first-year seminar (one credit) with students they are living with. Students of all levels of computing experience are encouraged to apply. Based on experience and interest, students will be placed into one of the seminars below.
In the RAP seminar students will participate in stimulating discussions and collaborative learning projects.
Students will work with their academic advisor during Summer New Students Orientation (NSO) to enroll in the RAP seminar and all of their courses.
Steps to participate in one of the CICS Connect RAPs Fall 2020:
Complete the application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, May 8, 2020
Important Note: Holding a spot in a Gen Ed RAP does NOT guarantee that you will be in the RAP. If when at NSO you learn that your RAP course conflicts with any course required for your major, your major requirement would take precedence and you will have to drop the RAP. You will have the option to join a different RAP if there is one you are eligible for that has open space.
CICS First-Year Seminar: "Success in Computer Science: Ethics, Society and Study Skills" Fall 2020
Take a deep dive into what it takes to become an effective, ethical and socially-aware computer scientist. We will look at best practices for studying in computer science courses (with an eye towards preparation for COMPSCI 187), as well as ethical considerations important to the computing professions and organizations doing computer science for the common good.Spring 2021 students will enroll in a 1-credit seminar and Comp Sci 187 (based on grade in CS 121 and advisor recommendation).
CICS First-Year Seminar: "Data Science for Good" Fall 2020
How can data science help us solve problems related to education, environmental conservation, and social justice? This course will explore the ways that nonprofits and governmental organizations use data science to improve and guide their work. Students in this course will also have the opportunity to work on data science projects on their own to get hands-on experience with the content.
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