Computer Science Gateway & Course Repeat Requirements

Students are admitted to the computer science program only when they pass all three of the following Gateway courses: CMSC 201, CMSC 202, and CMSC 203 with grades of B or higher in CMSC 201 and CMSC 202, and a grade of C or higher in CMSC 203. Students who do not meet the grade requirement will be permitted a single repeat of the gateway courses to earn the required grade. Enrolling in a gateway course at UMBC or a Computer Science Department pre-approved equivalent course at another institution is considered an attempt.


Repeat policy

Computer Science majors are permitted two attempts in courses required for the major. They are considered registered for a course if they are enrolled after the end of the schedule adjustment period. A course in which the student receives a grade of “W” (Withdraw) is counted as an attempt. Please note that you will not be permitted a third attempt in required courses taken at UMBC or another institution. Students who have more than two attempts in any course required to progress in the major will not be permitted to major in Computer Science.  This policy is applicable to transfer students.