CS Minor Requirements

The undergraduate minor in computer science requires a minimum of 17 s.h. in computer science, including 12 s.h. in courses taken at the University of Iowa. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Course work in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass. Students excused from courses required for the minor may substitute other computer science electives.

Note: students majoring in Computer Science or Computer Science and Engineering may not earn a minor in Computer Science, but may obtain the Large Data Analysis Certificate. All other students, including students majoring in Informatics or in Business Analytics and Information Systems, may obtain a minor in Computer Science.

The minor in computer science requires the following course work.

All of these:

Minor Requirements
Course Number & Name Semester Hours
CS:1210 Computer Science I: Fundamentals 4 s.h.
CS:2210 Discrete Structures 3 s.h.
CS:2230 Computer Science II: Data Structures 4 s.h.

At least one of these:

Minor Requirements
Course Number & Name Semester Hours
CS:2630 Computer Organization 3 s.h.
CS:2820 Object-Oriented Software Development 4 s.h.
CS:3330 Algorithms 3 s.h.


One additional computer science course (prefix CS) numbered 3200-5899, except CS:3910 and CS:3980, to complete the 17 s.h. required for the minor.

Students who have completed ENGR:1300 Introduction to Engineering Computing and ENGR:2730 Computers in Engineering are considered to have satisfied the minor's requirement for CS:1210 Computer Science I: Fundamentals.

Students who have completed ENGR:2730 Computers in Engineering and ECE:3330 Introduction to Software Design are considered to have satisfied the minor's requirement for CS:2820 Object-Oriented Software Development.


Students may declare the computer science minor on MyUI, and they may request an audit for the minor through MyUI.


Why a CS or Informatics minor? Landing a Job of the Future Takes a Two-Track Mind — from The Wall Street Journal (December 28, 2009)