As of Fall 2021 computer science has new concentration requirements. Students who completed at least one term in the college prior to Fall 2021 may elect to follow the 2020 requirements instead (comparison). It is not possible to mix and match between the two. The plan of study forms are different for the two sets of requirements.
We’re glad you’re interested in concentrating in Computer Science! Here are the steps, in order, that you should take to declare your concentration in Computer Science. (These are the same steps that CS concentrators should follow to submit an updated Plan of Study.)
Step 1: Look over our concentration requirements,
consult some of the resources on this website and read our FAQ. In particular you may want to look at our Sample schedules and plans page to see some example plans of study.
You may wish to meet with a Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) in CS, Professor Boaz Barak or Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Adam Hesterberg (contact via firstname.lastname@example.org). Students proposing to pursue the MBB track should instead meet with Prof. Krzysztof Gajos, email@example.com, after reading Frequently Asked Questions about the Computer Science MBB track.
Step 2: Fill out and email a Plan of Study for the CS concentration.
Step 3: Use my.harvard.edu to formally declare (or change to)
Computer Science as a concentration.
After a DUS has approved your CS Plan of Study, go to my.harvard.edu to formally declare (or change to) Computer Science as a concentration (instructions available here). Please note that students pursuing an honors or MBB plan will have to choose those subplans. If a CS Plan of Study has been approved per the steps outlined above, a DUS will use my.harvard.edu to approve your declaration and will upload your CS Plan of Study file to your “Reports and Documents” section in my.harvard.edu.
Feel free to meet with a DUS at any time. Once your declaration has been approved, a DUS will assign you an advisor from among the CS faculty before the start of the next term. (The DUSes will try to honor preferences you may express, so it’s fine to look at the list of CS faculty before you join the concentration.) See this page for more information about advising.
It is your responsibility to make sure you follow the plan of study. If your plan changes, you can update and send us a new plan of study form at any time.