CSF FAQs
  1. Is the Bachelor of Science in Computing, with a major in Computer Science Fellows, an ABET-accredited degree?
  2. No, it is not. The CSF program, while quite rigorous in the number and diversity of computer science courses, does not include the depth of course requirements in other areas. While this allows a student more flexibility in how they construct their degree, it does so at the expense of some liberal arts electives (English, History/Social Science electives, HPs), ABET-requirements currently fulfilled in other areas (technical writing, technical speaking), and foreign language (although all Baylor students are encouraged to study a foreign language).

  3. What is the advantage of being a CS Fellow over studying under the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science?
    • Additional flexibility in areas of interest (pre-med, Honors, International Business, Math, for example).
    • Incorporates many of the features of Baylor's Honors Programs, and can easily be integrated with it.
    • While students can't earn a double major in other academic units, the CS Fellow can incorporate these classes in his/her degree.
  4. What is the disadvantage of being a CS Fellow over studying under the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science?
    • Non-accredited degree plan.
    • Requires a high standard of academic performance.
    • If student decides against the program, and subsequently switches to another major, they will be responsible for picking up regular requirements of new major.
  5. How do I apply?
  6. Visit the "Apply Now" page for more information and the link to the Application for admission to the Computer Science Fellows Program.

  7. What are the criteria for admission to the CS Fellows program?
  8. In order of priority, the following are the five criteria for admission into Computer Science Fellows:

    • Because of the great disparity in the level of secondary school programs throughout the country, primary emphasis is necessarily placed on SAT/ACT scores.
    • Class rank and GPA.
    • A detailed essay stating the student's reasons for applying to the program and the applicant's planned course of study
      • a. The applicant should discuss how the Computer Science Fellows program will help them attain their academic and professional goals
      • b. This essay/plan should sufficiently detail the applicant's planned course of study over their four years at Baylor University
      • c. The 4-year plan should be updated as any changes occur in the applicant's planned course of study.
    • Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic record and potential for success at the university level Since Computer Science Fellows are exempt from taking many of the specialized course requirements of a traditional major, the number and type of Advanced Placement or college-level courses previously taken will be considered.

  9. When and where do I turn in my application?
  10. The application can be turned in anytime within the first two semesters for incoming freshmen, and prior to the last 90 hours for a transfer student. The application can be mailed to:

    Computer Science Fellows Department of Computer Science
    One Bear Place #97141
    Waco, Texas 76798

  11. What are the requirements for maintaining CS Fellows status?
  12. Computer Science Fellows will be required to maintain a 3.5 GPA through their sophomore-level courses (including CSI 3471, "Software Engineering I", CSI 3344, "Introduction to Algorithms", and MTH 1322, "Calculus II"). Once admitted to the Upper Division of the Computer Science Fellows program (courses beyond those listed above), they must have at least a 3.25 GPA to graduate. If dismissed from the program, students must select another major and then fulfill the general requirements of the University as well as requirements for the new major. At any time a Fellow's term and/or cumulative GPA is below 3.5 before they are admitted to the Upper Division of CSF, the CSF Director will notify the student that he or she will be placed on academic probation in the CSF program during the upcoming term. If at the end of the first probation term the student's term GPA is again below a 3.5, the student will be suspended from the CSF program. However, if at the end of the first probation term the student's term GPA is 3.5 or above but the student's cumulative GPA is still below 3.5, the student will be continued on probation within the CSF program. The same criteria for suspension, continued probation, or removal from probation will apply at the end of each succeeding semester on probation. The probation/suspension policy for the CSF program differs from the policy and procedure for Academic Probation and Suspension in the current undergraduate catalog, but does not replace the University's policy, which applies to the student's academic status in the University in general, rather than within a specific program.

  13. Can I have any other majors or minors as a CS Fellow?
  14. Computer Science Fellows may not declare an additional major, but may have academic minors. They graduate from Baylor with a Bachelor of Science in Computing degree with a Computer Science Fellows major. Nevertheless, Fellows may fulfill the regular requirements of one or more majors in order to state that they hold the equivalent of that major. With the assistance of the CSF Director, Fellows should carefully plan their course of study in order to reflect their academic interests and career goals.

  15. What is the Independent Reading List for CS Fellows?
  16. Fellows will select a number of texts that they will read on their own during the first three years of the program. The first two years, the Fellows reading list will be approved by the CSF Director. During the spring of their sophomore year, in preparation for their junior year and admittance to the Fellows Upper Division, Fellows will develop a junior reading list with the help of a Fellows Research Advisor. This list should reflect the research interests of the Fellow, and may include texts, white papers, journal articles, or other scholarly material approved by their Research Advisor. The resulting list will comprise the requirements for the registration in both CSF 3101, "Independent Readings I," and CSF 3102, "Independent Readings II". If Fellows wish to make changes subsequent to the approval of their Junior Reading list, they must submit a new list and have it signed by their Research Advisor and the CSF Director.

  17. Can I be involved with other academic programs at Baylor?
  18. Computer Science Fellows are also encouraged to participate in the Honors Program or the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC). However, Computer Science Fellows enrolled in BIC must fulfill the core requirements of that program. Those requirements include a lab science course, a mathematics course, and two hours of Lifetime Fitness in addition to the BIC courses. Since the BIC is a separate program, completion of BIC requirements is the responsibility of the student with the assistance of the BIC advisors. The CSF director, however, will make every effort to assist with BIC compliance. Computer Science Fellows in BIC should meet with their BIC advisors each semester to determine that their BIC requirements are being met. Similarly, fulfillment of Honors Program requirements is the responsibility of the student, with the assistance of the Honors Program advisors.