Incoming Students


Computer Science Placement Information

All Jonsson School students must take computer science (CS). Two tracks are available, depending upon your major or interest in programming. Mechanical engineering (ME), biomedical engineering (BMEN), and electrical engineering (EE) students are only required to take CS 1325. It is a terminal class; it will not serve as the prerequisite class for upper-level computer science courses. All computer science, software engineering, computer engineering and telecommunications engineering students must take CS/CE 1337. Students in ME, BMEN, or EE who are interested in a computer science minor, or simply in taking further computer science courses, should take the higher level programming sequence. Any ME, BMEN, or EE major who is interested in the higher level programming class may use CS/CE 1337 as a substitute for CS 1325. (Please note that CS 1325 may not replace CS/CE 1337.)

Both classes require a background in programming. Students must place into their class either by earning a grade of C or better in CS 1336 or by passing the computer science placement test. The placement test includes multiple-choice questions designed to test your knowledge of programming fundamentals.You may only take the test one time.Test results will be available at orientation for first year students, and from your advisor for transfer students. If you pass, you will be allowed to register for CS /CE 1337 or CS 1325. If you do not pass or do not have any programming experience, you must register for CS 1336/1136.

ECS students do not earn degree credit for CS 1336/1136. It is used for placement purposes only. A similar placement test will be administered during the first week of classes for students in ECS 1337. Those who do not receive a satisfactory score will be instructed to move to CS 1136/1136.

If you have taken the Advanced Placement CS A or CS AB exams, you may be eligible for university credit. You can find the information here.

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Math Placement Information

UT Dallas offers two calculus sequences. Which one you take will depend on several factors, including your major, your test scores and in some cases your preference. Students may take an accelerated sequence of MATH 2417 and MATH 2419. This is equivalent to the three-semester sequence of MATH 2413, MATH 2414 and MATH 2415. Some students may be required to take preparatory courses before entering the calculus sequence. These courses will not count on the student's degree plan. 

Computer science and software engineering students need only complete MATH 2413 and MATH 2414. All other majors must complete MATH 2415 as well or take the accelerated sequence.

UTD also requires that the ALEKS placement test be taken by all incoming first year students, and by transfer students who have not started their math sequence. The results of this test will help us in placing you into the appropriate math class. The information concerning the ALEKS test can be found at

AP scores can be used to place a student into the appropriate math course.
You can find the information here.

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Advising Orientation

Toward the end of your orientation, the Office of Undergraduate Advising (OUGA) will provide an advising orientation that will include registration for your first semester of classes. We will also take time then to explain how to create an effective schedule, and we will work with you to create a schedule that's suitable for you. It's important to register for the earliest orientation date possible. Waiting until the last sessions may make it more difficult to get the schedule you want since classes will begin filling up.

What to bring to orientation:

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