Academic Preparation

Selecting a Major & Specialization

There is no “pre-computer science” major at Agnes Scott College. Therefore, Dual Degree students at Agnes Scott College should explore, reflect upon, and pursue a major and specialization that align with their academic interests. Equipped with both the rigorous liberal arts and STEM foundation required by the two degrees, Agnes Scott College Dual Degree graduates bring to their career aspirations a lifelong understanding of complex global issues and the ability to lead strategically and honorably.

Requirements

  • 92+ credit hours
    • All general education requirements
    • 64+ credit hours must be completed in residence at ASC, which includes ASC approved study abroad programs
  • Select an ASC Major
    • All Dual Degree Students are required to declare an ASC major by the end of their second year and remain “on track” with ASC major requirements (whereas “on track” means that you would be able to finish the major in 4 years if you decided to stay at ASC). Note: You do not have to select a math major at ASC. Rather you should explore ASC majors and select the major that aligns with your academic interests! Remember that the Dual Degree Program is designed to support students in the pursuit of a liberal arts and computer science education
    • Optional: Completion of a major (or minor in Mathematics, AI, etc.) is not required. The program is not designed to provide for the completion of an ASC major. Students receive a B.A. degree from ASC and the transcript will reflect a “major” in “Dual Degree Computer Science.”  However, if you complete all of the major (or minor) requirements prior to transferring to Emory, they will be reflected on your transcript instead of Dual Degree Computer Science.
  • Select a Specialization
    • All Dual Degree Students are required to declare a Specialization, when they declare their ASC major
    • Optional: Completion of a Specialization is not required. Most Dual Degree students take 4-5 courses a semester, with ⅓ of their bachelor's degree being satisfied by SUMMIT, ⅓ by the computer science prerequisites, and ⅓ by their declared ASC major requirements. With planning, students are able to complete either a Global Learning or Leadership Development Specialization. All specialization requirements must be completed prior to transferring, if a student desires the Leadership Development/Global Learning Specialization to be awarded with the ASC Bachelor of Arts degree
    • Students may only study abroad the semester before transferring if all ASC requirements are satisfied

Prerequisites

  • GPA requirements:
    • 3.0 or higher for overall GPA
    • 3.0 or higher for the math/science GPA
    • C or better is required in all required  math, science, and continuing writing courses
      • Note: Two continuing writing courses will be completed at ASC through a history or social science course that fulfills the SUMMIT Global Social & Cultural Analysis and through the non-English Global Learning requirement. The third writing-intensive courses will be completed in the final two years at Emory
    • Note: Emory University utilizes a +/- grading scale. The overall and STEM GPAS are evaluated based upon the Emory University Point Average Calculation: http://catalog.college.emory.edu/academic/policies-regulations/grading-system.html
  • Select a B.A. or a B.S. in Computer Science:
    • Admissions requirements vary by degree.
    • Dual Degree ASC students should explore the degree requirements and meet with the Dual Degree Computer Science Advisor at the start of each semester to reflect upon both when and why they are satisfying these requirements as part of how their academic purpose is shaping the design of an individualized educational plan:
      • Students will have satisfied several of Emory University’s General Education Requirements through SUMMIT, but should review the Emory General Education requirements and intentionally select ASC electives if their educational plan does not include the transfer equivalent of specific areas (i.e. 2 science courses, one with a lab component).
        • With careful academic planning, Dual Degree Computer Science students should satisfy both their Agnes Scott College and Emory University general education requirements prior to transferring, in order to concentrate on their computer science major requirements in years 4 & 5. However, their 5+ educational plan will require them to complete a third Continuing Writing Course (Area III) and Personal Health Course (Area VIII) at Emory University to finish their general education requirements: http://catalog.college.emory.edu/academic/ger/index.html
      • Students must fulfill all Major Requirements for a B.A. or a B.S. in Computer Science, maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA, and complete a minimum of 127 total hours, meeting the remainder of the 64 credit hour residency requirement at Emory University (cross registration for CS 170 & CS 171 will count): http://www.cs.emory.edu/home/

 

ASC course

Emory course

B.A.

B.S.

MAT 118

Math 111

X

X

MAT 119

Math 112

X

X

MAT 206

Math 221

X

X

CS 170

ARCHE

ARCHE

CS 171

ARCHE

ARCHE

 

Co-curricular Experiences

Emory University offers the Dual Degree program with Agnes Scott College to support students seeking an undergraduate education that combines the value of the liberal arts and computer science. Competitive dual degree applicants demonstrate their preparedness for success in the rigorous curriculum by developing a strong liberal arts and mathematics foundation, as is evaluated and evidenced by their meeting or exceeding of the minimum GPA (overall, science/math). However, Emory University is also seeking dual degree applicants who will enrich the campus community and will contribute to women’s leadership in the field of computer science. Therefore, there is no checklist for students to follow. Rather students should work with the Dual Degree Advisor to reflect upon their engagement in personally meaningful global and/or leadership co-curricular experiences.