- Undergraduate Advising Manual – the primary resource for CS majors
- Academic Program FAQ – answers to the most common questions
- CS “other” courses for BS Program – non-CS courses that may be used in a limited fashion toward CS credits
- Course Area Designations – a chart of CS courses and their Applications, Reasoning, Software, Systems, and Theory designations
- Academic Integrity Code
- 2021 BS/BA Program Worksheet (.xlsx) – required advising document to track and calculate progress toward satisfying the either the BS or BA degree requirements
- Focus Areas [optional] – guide selecting courses for particular research or career directions
Pre-2021 Manuals and Forms
- Undergraduate Advising Manual (old) – contains essential information for majors and minors not found in the course catalog, for requirements Fall 2016 through Spring 2021
- BS/BA Program Worksheet (.xlsx) (old) – required advising document to track and calculate progress toward satisfying the either the BS or BA degree requirements
- Approved Science Courses – science courses that may count toward the basic science requirement
- BS Four-Year Standard – for BS students starting a CS major in their first year
- BA Four-Year Standard – for BA students starting a CS major in their first year
- Second Year Start – for students starting a CS major in their second year
- Transfer Semester – for students who have one semester without taking courses towards the degree (i.e., study abroad, etc.)
- Machine Learning Path – for students interested in taking upper-level CS machine learning courses
- Robotics Path – for students taking CS courses related to robotics
- Coordinates undergraduate academics and advising
- Manages course information and course assistant hiring
- Advises HopHacks, the annual hackathon
- Can answer general undergraduate advising and program requirement questions
- Oversees CS major and minor declarations
- Supports undergraduate student groups and events
Revelie Niles, Academic Program Administrator
- Oversees applications to the combined bachelor’s/master’s program
- Available for general questions for the MSE and MSSI programs
Department resources to keep you on track with your academic program:
- The CS Undergraduate Academics page has general information about our programs
- Explore CS programs and courses (JHU catalogue)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or your faculty advisor with questions about course selection, degree requirements, other minors and majors, and four-year degree planning.
University policies to keep you on track with your academic program:
Contact email@example.com or your WSE academic advisor with questions about school-wide policies and procedures.
Academic Calendar (Office of the Registrar) – registration deadlines, breaks, class dates, and exam periods
Course Schedules (SIS Public Coarse Search)
Course Information (CS Department)
External Credit Policies (JHU Catalogue) – also summarized below:
- Students wishing to transfer credits can obtain an External Course Request form via SIS.
- Students can take up to 12 credits outside Hopkins toward their degrees (besides AP and IB credits and those earned by students who transferred in from other institutions).
- Obtain the desired course’s syllabus or detailed course description and submit the completed request form to academic advising, where the information will be reviewed for approval.
- Once approval has been given, you can then take course and must earn a C or higher to receive credit. The other school must send your transcript to Hopkins after course completion. Once the transcript is received, the necessary credits will be transferred to your Hopkins transcript, although your grade will not be calculated according to or factored into your Hopkins GPA.
Homewood Campus Computing Resources
In addition to the department’s computing resources, there are additional computing resources on the Homewood campus, including in the Milton S. Eisenhower Library and the Brody Learning Commons.
- Student Affairs Information Technology Services is the best source for information about on-campus computing labs, printing, software, and more.
- Contact Johns Hopkins IT Services to report campus computing issues, purchase software, and for general help.
- Search for available software.
- Visit the JHU Technology Store to purchase computers and more (with a student discount).
Visit the JHU Sheridan Libraries website for general information.
For engineering-specific information (including articles, patents, standards, and resources), please see the Libraries’ Engineering Guide.
Learn about different types of research opportunities, offered both through the department and from across the university, with links to multiple resources.
Johns Hopkins’ Life Design Lab provides a breadth of career-related programs, including résumé writing and interview preparation workshops, discipline-focused career fairs, internship and full-time employment listings, and more.
Students are encouraged to pursue internships during their winter and summer breaks; students can also take part in a paid internship or work under a faculty sponsor for academic credit. A maximum of one credit per semester may be earned doing an internship.
The Department of Computer Science also regularly shares information about undergraduate part-time, summer, and full-time employment recruitment and opportunities. Sign up for our jobs mailing list here.
Johns Hopkins University Student Employment
University Experiential Learning at JHU (formerly Student Employment) provides listings of job opportunities at Johns Hopkins and information about tax forms, eligibility, work permits, paychecks, and more.
Departmental Student Employment
Undergraduates primarily work hourly as course assistants or research assistants in CS.
- Course Assistant information – We hire a small army to help with almost every course in the department. Students must be rehired for each semester they work as a course assistant.
- Research positions are sometimes advertised via email, but are mostly obtained through direct contact with professors. See our Research Opportunities page for more details.
Students must complete a federal I-9 form the first time they work at JHU and after every lapse in work that is at least one full semester long. This process must be completed before a student begins work in the department.
Information about submitting hours, pay dates, and more can be found on the University Experiential Learning site.
Johns Hopkins offers a host of resources where students can ask for and receive help on a variety of topics.
If you need someone to listen, you can talk to your faculty advisor, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, or your WSE academic advisor. Sometimes venting to someone may be all you need.
Other times, though, you may want to talk to someone who is trained to help people in distress. View these pages for information and hours:
- A wide range of student well-being resources are available through the Office of Student Life.
- The Office of Student Disability Services advises Johns Hopkins students with disabilities on available services, including accommodations on campus.
- The Counseling Center provides services to students who are in need of support and assistance related to their mental health—across a range of topics—in a caring environment.
- JHU Sexual Assault Helpline
- For emergencies, call the JHU Security office at (410) 516-7777 or the Baltimore City Emergency Line at 911.
A student’s four years at Johns Hopkins culminates in a big day of celebration, otherwise called graduation and commencement.
Timeline to Graduation
- Submit your Application to Graduate when notified by the Whiting School. Information is available on the Registrar’s graduation page. Make sure you correctly note your BS or BA degree as a CS major.
- November – Fourth-year students send their completed Major Worksheet to firstname.lastname@example.org, who will review it in January and confirm that they are on track to graduate.
- March – The department certifies graduation eligibility.
- April/May – Graduating students complete Exit Surveys.
- Obtain your diploma at Johns Hopkins Commencement.
- Join your family and friends at the CS reception. Graduates will receive an invitation mid-spring.
- Submit your Application to Graduate the semester before you intend to finish.
- Review your completed Major Worksheet with a department staff member the semester before you intend to finish.