This rigorous 3-year program requires students to commit to year-round participation, including Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer sessions. Students must commit to taking all courses in the prescribed CSin3 pathway. The pathway is designed to meet transfer, GE, and major requirements in just 3 years. Students will receive a B.S. in Computer Science from CSUMB.
In order to stay on track, CSin3 students receive priority registration and are automatically registered in their courses each semester. The course pathway is designed to meet transfer, major, and university requirements.
Cohort Study Times
Study rooms at both campuses are reserved specifically for our students to study together 3 times a week for a duration of 2hrs each study session.
Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL)
Students in older cohorts are trained to be Peer Leaders that host weekly PLTL workshops for the introductory computer science courses. In these workshops, 4-6 students solve a challenging packet of problems collaboratively with their classmates, while the Peer Leader facilitates and guides the discussion.
TA++ is a program for Teacher Assistants at CSUMB. CSin3 students are able to utilize this resource for the courses they take at CSUMB. If they have met the proper qualifications, CSin3 students can also apply to be a TA++. A TA++ is a Teacher Assistant…and more. TA++s do typical TA duties such as grading and tutoring, but also come together for weekly training activities focused on more effective methods of supporting computer science instruction. TA++s for introductory programming classes lead Peer-Led Team Learning sessions in addition to regular TA duties. Learn more about our TA++ program here.
Friday Cohort Enrichment (FCE)
In addition to the professional development component, FCE teaches our first year students time management and important study skills. FCE is run by our Education Coordinator who also dedicates time to reviewing complex concepts from class. FCE is also where community building takes place.
Every student at Cal State Monterey Bay must complete a capstone to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities developed over the course of a student’s learning experience. During the last semester in the program in CST 499 students will work on a project in large groups (up to 5 students in each group), developing requirements specification, a solution plan followed by design and implementation of the solution. The problem statement for the projects will be selected by the faculty. Faculty will also play the role of a project manager directing the schedule and deliverables for these projects. A student’s capstone project is a culmination of their academic and intellectual experience in the program.