Towne 100, MWF 11-noon
The goal of CIS 120 is to introduce students to computer science
by emphasizing the design aspects of programming. Topics
- test-driven development
- data types and data representation
- abstraction, interfaces, and modularity
- programming patterns (recursion, iteration, events, call-backs,
collections, map-reduce, GUIs, ...)
- functional programming
- how and when to use mutable state
- inheritance and object-oriented programming.
CIS 120 Waitlist
Registration for CIS 120 in Spring 2014 is currently closed. If you are currently unable
to register for CIS 120 but are interested in taking it, please note yourself down on
the CIS 120 Waitlist
. Preference will be given to those who have CIS 120 as a major
If you are currently registered for CIS 120 and would like to switch to a
closed recitation section, please note yourself on the
120 Recitation change request form and attend the recitation that you
would like to join.
CIS 120 teaches programming concepts in two different languages: OCaml
and Java, spending approximately equal time on how to design programs
in each language. Students are encouraged to use the Eclipse
development environment for implementing their projects.
Who can take CIS120?
CIS120 students are not expected to have any prior experience
with OCaml (or even Java). We assume some previous programming
experience at the level of a high school computer science class. If
you got at least 4 in the AP Computer Science A or AB exam, you will do
great. Basic experience with any programming language (for instance C,
C++, Java, VB, or Scheme) will be sufficient. If you have never
programmed before, you should take CIS 110 first.