PhD General Advising for Registration

New PHD Student Registration Guidelines - First Semester (Fall Term) General Advising

We are excited you are joining our team this August! This site is designed to give you guidance on registering for fall 2016 courses. If you have an RA appointment or have connected with a faculty member that could be your potential thesis advisor, please seek additional advice from them through email or a SYKPE session. All incoming PhD students will be assigned a Program of Study Committee in September. This committee will help you select what courses you should take going forward and ensure you are taking courses to prepare you for your research and qualifying exam. Please follow directions in the Quick Guide at the Graduate College, so that you can have a smooth transition to your graduate program.

International Students

International students must check-in at the International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSS). Check-in details and schedules are vailable on the ISSS website. International students must arrive on campusby the start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019.

Domestic Students

Registration for Fall 2016 courses opens on April 11, 2016. We highly recommend that you register as soon as possible after this date. With increased enrollments in the CS department and on campus, CS courses tend to fill up quickly so we request that you register as close to this date as possible.

Steps to Complete for Course Registration

Number of Minimum Credit Hours to Register for Fall 2016 Term

  • RA or TA Assistantship Appointment - 8 credit hours
  • Departmental (Qualifying) Fellowship - 8 credit hours
  • Combined RA or TA Assistantship Appointment + Departmental (Qualifying) Fellowship - 8 credit hours
  • Qualifying External Fellowship - Registration requirement is subject to fellowship terms with a minimum of 8 credit hours

Note: For PHD students who are required to register for 12 credit hours, we highly recommend that you sign up for a 4 credit hour CS 597, Individual Study, with a faculty member that you may want to have as a thesis advisor.

Recommended Courses by Research Area for 1st Semester PHD Grads

Here are the courses being offered in fall 2016 by research area. Please note that you are not required to take all courses listed under each area. This is only a list of courses to choose from based on your research interests.

Architecture, Compilers, and Parallel Computing

  • CS 420 - Parallel Programming: Sci & Engrg
  • CS 426 - Compiler Construction
  • CS 431 - Embedded Systems
  • CS 433 - Computer System Organization
  • CS 483 - Applied Parallel Programming
  • CS 598 Special Topics (choose one with a professor you may be interested in working with and/or a course of interest)

Artificial Intelligence

  • CS 440 - Artificial Intelligence
  • CS 446 - Machine Learning
  • CS 549 - Seminar in Cognitive Science
  • CS 598 Special Topics (choose one with a professor you may be interested in working with and/or a course of interest)

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

  • CS 466 Introduction to Bioinformatics

Database and Information Systems

  • CS 411 - Database Systems
  • CS 412 - Introduction to Data Mining
  • CS 598 Special Topics (choose one with a professor you may be interested in working with with and/or a course of interest)

Graphics

  • CS 418 - Interactive Computer Graphics
  • CS 519 Scientific Visualization

HCI

  • CS 465 - User Interface Design
  • CS 548 - Models of Cognitive Processes
  • CS 598 ACK or any other special topics course of interest
  • CS 591 HCI Seminar

PL-FM-SE

  • CS 421 - Programming Languages & Compilers
  • CS 427 - Software Engineering I
  • CS 476 - Program Verification
  • CS 477 - Formal Software Development Methods
  • CS 527 - Topics in Software Engineering
  • CS 598 Special Topics (choose one with a professor you may be interested in working with with and/or a course of interest)

Scientific Computing

  • CS 450 - Numerical Analysis
  • CS 556 - Iterative & Multigrid Methods
  • CS 598 Special Topics (choose one with a professor you may be interested in working with with and/or a course of interest)

Systems and Networking

  • CS 424 Real-Time Systems
  • CS 425 - Distributed Systems
  • CS 438 - Communication Networks
  • CS 439 - Wireless Networks
  • CS 461 - Computer Security I
  • CS 523 - Advanced Operating Systems
  • CS 541 - Computer Systems Analysis
  • CS 563 - Advanced Computer Security
  • CS 598 Special Topics (choose one with a professor you may be interested in working with with and/or a course of interest)

Theory and Algorithms

  • CS 498 DL1 - Theory II
  • CS 571 - Combinatorial Mathematics