OpenStudy (anonymous):

Is there a recommended OCW curriculum for non-MIT students who want to get a feel for what a Computer Science major would consist of?

7 years ago
OpenStudy (chris):

hi, I majored in CS

7 years ago
OpenStudy (chris):

so I can answer some of your question personally.

7 years ago
OpenStudy (chris):

as far as OCW goes, you can search through the progression of OCW cs courses that MIT students go through

7 years ago
OpenStudy (chris):

the most popular starting courses are MIT Intro CS 6.00 - very accessible, and SCIP, which has a cult following amongst a lot of CS enthusiasts (but is functional programming and *sometimes* not considered as accessible)

7 years ago
OpenStudy (chris):

your milage may very

7 years ago
OpenStudy (chris):

I did the CS program at Stanford. and I can tell you our curriculum consisted of: Intro to CS, using very abstract programming languages programming robots at first, an then moving on to an introduction to C

7 years ago
OpenStudy (chris):

object oriented programming techniques (the course that weeds out people not into CS *enough*) - very challenging course

7 years ago
OpenStudy (chris):

some electrical engineering

7 years ago
OpenStudy (chris):

and a lot of math - algorithms, discrete math, stats, logic being the most pertinent to everyday programming

7 years ago
OpenStudy (chris):

now in retrospect - I think a lot of the programming can be self-learned if you have a lot of self motivation. by far the most important skills to pick up through formal instruction are general problem solving, logic, and other discrete maths. being able to decompose problems into more easily understandable components, and prove to yourself that they will work when you put them all together

7 years ago
OpenStudy (chris):

MIT Intro CS actually forces you through this

7 years ago
OpenStudy (chris):

even though you may not know it (kind of like karate kid when miyagi taught daniel to block via painting his fence)

7 years ago
OpenStudy (chris):

So if you want to get to know computer science - MIT Intro CS 6.00 is an excellent place to start. Here's another one - more math oriented: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-042j-mathematics-for-computer-science-fall-2005/

7 years ago
OpenStudy (chris):

The single best attribute you can have as a computer science student is curiosity and swallowing your pride - above even natural ability

7 years ago
OpenStudy (chris):

curiosity as in you will do a deep dive into any topic until you understand

7 years ago
OpenStudy (chris):

swallowing your pride as in you will seek out the best resource available for a topic you don't understand, unabashedly - be it google, OpenStudy, stackoverflow - because you will earn best by looking for explanations that click, and learn faster than anyone that won't take that initiative

7 years ago
OpenStudy (chris):

The hardest part by far is getting started. Programming is tough for almost everyone at first. A lot of my classmates preaches me on "code maturity" - a state you will eventually hit where you realize you can learn anything and code anything

7 years ago
OpenStudy (chris):

It takes time - it took me through junior year college - but the important thing is to struggle through until you hit it. You'll know when you do.

7 years ago
OpenStudy (chris):

Hope this helps! Dive in!

7 years ago
OpenStudy (shadowfiend):

Also, have a look at http://www.eecs.mit.edu/ug/newcurriculum/SBCS_6-3.html : it's MIT's curriculum requirements for their CS program.

7 years ago
OpenStudy (sandra):

hi jackd

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

Wow, Chris--Thanks for all that! And thanks Shadowfiend for the pointer to their curriculum.

7 years ago