Department of Math and Computer Science
Fourth Year Bridge Program

Students who begin in Fall 2005 or earlier may elect to do the requirements below or the previous bridge program. The main differences are the General Education categories. Note that students entering the MS program in Fall 2006 or later must satisfy CS 4170 (or CS 6170) and CS 4245, and that one way to complete these courses is during the bridge program. See Computer Science Requirements for Admission

Students with academic three-year degrees from accredited institutions and grade point averages of 2.75 or above are eligible for admission in unclassified, post-baccalaureate status to the Fourth Year Bridge Program. Completion of this Bridge Program will result in the granting of Equivalent Academic Preparation for possible future admission to the Master of Science in Computer Science program at California State University, Hayward.

Students must maintain a 3.0 overall grade point average and earn at least a C- or above in all courses attempted. (Only General Education and University Writing Skills courses may be taken CR/NC.) Courses in which the earned grade is below a C- will be counted in the grade point average but will not be accepted as meeting a course requirement.

After completion of this Bridge Program, students who have earned at least a 3.0 overall grade point average and competitive GRE scores will be eligible to apply for the M.S. Computer Science program. Note that admission into the M.S. program is competitive, and is never guaranteed. Completion of the Bridge program with a GPA above the minimum allows you to apply but cannot assure acceptance.

ADMISSION TO BRIDGE PROGRAM:

Applicants interested in the Fourth Year Bridge Program should submit their application form, application fee, and an official copy of their transcript and diploma to Enrollment Services by the application deadline for the quarter in which they are applying. Write in "Unclassified Postbaccalaureate - Fourth Year Bridge Program" as the Major/Program Objective on the application form.

ADMISSION TO M.S. IN COMPUTER SCIENCE PROGRAM:

Students in the Bridge Program who are planning to enroll in the M.S. in Computer Science program should submit a Change of Graduate Objective Application to the Admissions Office at the beginning of their last quarter in the Bridge Program. Official GRE scores should also be submitted at that time. Students will be considered for admission to the M.S. program when Enrollment Services has received the Change of Graduate Objective Application and the official GRE scores.

FOUNDATION COURSEWORK:

Students will take the following Math/Stat/Computer Science courses unless they have already taken equivalent coursework elsewhere with grades of B or better. Such equivalent coursework will be allowed only if it had been part of an academic degree program from an accredited university.

1. Mathematics/Statistics Foundation Coursework (0-20 units)

MATH 1304, 1305 Calculus I, II sequence (8) MATH 2101 Elements of Linear Algebra (4) MATH 2150 Discrete Structures (4) STAT 3401 Introduction to Probability Theory I (4) or STAT 3502 Statistical Inference I or STAT 3601 Introductory Statistics and Probability for Science and Engineering (4) (Stat 3601 is the preferred course.)

2. MS Foundation Coursework (12-40 units)

CS 1160 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Methods (4) CS 2360 Programming Methods and Introduction to Software Engineering (4) CS 2430 Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming (4) CS 3120 Programming Language Concepts (4) CS 3240 Data Structures and Algorithms (4) CS 3430 Computer Architecture (4) CS 4560 Operating Systems (4) Three additional upper division Computer Science electives

Regardless of previous equivalent coursework, at least 3 upper division Computer Science courses (12 units, numbered 3xxx or 4xxx) must be taken at CSU East Bay.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (12 units)

The following three categories must be completed with courses taken at Cal State East Bay from three different departments.

Upper-division Science. Choose one course from the following list: ANTH 3100; BIOL 3006; CHEM 3010; ENGR 3190; ENVT 4320; GEOG 3115, 3120, 4320; GEOL 3030, 3100, 3400; PHYS 3700; PSYC 3190, 3420, 4310, 4320, 4345, 4350, 4360, 4610, 4740; STAT 3040, 3050.

Upper-division Humanities. Choose one course from the following list: ART 3230; ENGL 3400, 3600, 3650, 3691, 3692, 3720, 3720, 4251; ES 3210, 3430, 3567, 3691; HIST 3017, 3107, 3160, 3313, 3322, 3331, 3412, 3500, 3511, 3515, 3517, 3547, 3567, 3568, 3571, 3572, 3575, 3600, 4710; KPE 3700; MLL 3119, 3240, 3461; PHIL 3002, 3100, 3150, 3151, 3152, 3153, 3161, 3201, 3213, 3216, 3230, 3301, 3305, 3311, 3321, 3322, 3332, 3335, 3341, 3400, 3401, 3403, 3410, 3417, 3502, 3503, 3510, 3511, 3560, 3601, 3602, 3603, 3604, 3605, 3701, 3720, 3925, 4606; MGMT 3560; POSC 3410, 3503, 3703, 3704, 3711, 3713, 3715, 3716; SCI 3335; THEA 3000, 3225, 3310, 3411, 3423.

Upper-division Social Sciences. Choose one course from the following list: ANTH 3000, 3250, 3500, 3550, 3720, 3730, 3745, 3765, 3785, 3790; ECON 3000, 3005, 3006, 3107, 3150, 3170, 3190, 3200, 3310, 3370, 3375, 3500, 3551, 3680, 4306, 4315, 4590, 4710; ENGR 3140, 3600; ES 3030, 3105, 3110, 3165, 3333, 3551, 3552, 3555, 3556, 3800, 3805; FIN 3000; GEOG 3000, 3200, 3360, 3505, 3540; HDEV 3800; KPE 3200, 3750; MGMT 3600; POSC 3101, 3111, 3115, 3170, 3201, 3204, 3222, 3260, 3280, 3290, 3330, 3333, 3340, 3417, 3418, 3419, 3470, 3500, 3505, 3510, 3520, 3521, 3550, 3800, 4171, 4861; REC 3200, 3202; SOC 3410, 3411, 3412, 3413, 3420, 3425, 3431, 3610, 3620, 3750; WOST 3545.

UNIVERSITY WRITING SKILLS REQUIREMENT (UWSR) (0-8 units)

In order to satisfy the UWSR, you must do one of the following:

1. receive an essay score of 8 or above on the Writing Skills Test (WST). The WST may be taken for a maximum of two times with the higher of the two scores being the one that determines the coursework needed. For registration information for the WST, contact the Testing Office, WA 438, at (510) 885-3661.

2. pass one second-tier upper division writing course (ENGL 3003, MKTG 3495, SCI 3010) with a grade of C-(CR) or better. The prerequisite to each of the second-tier writing courses is either a score of 7 on the WST or a CR grade in a first-tier upper division writing course (ENGL 3000 or 3001).

3. Earn a score of 4.5 or better on the writing portion of the GMAT or GRE, or a score of 53 or better on the writing portion of the CBEST.

Total units for the Fourth Year Bridge Program in Computer Science: 24-76

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