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Introduction to Computer Science 1

We are no longer admitting high school students to the 2018 Summer Session. Visiting undergraduate students are welcome to apply.

Computers are extremely helpful at solving computational problems: problems involving numbers, counting, logic, arranging things, ordering things, manipulating images, solving puzzles, developing game strategies, and so on. This course examines a rich assortment of interesting and increasingly challenging topics, and explores what computer science has discovered about them, and what is yet to be discovered. Our main activity will be programming, and no prior experience in programming will be assumed. We will follow the methodology from the text How to Design Programs and use Scheme as our programming language. Topics will include compound and self-referential data structures, first-order and higher-order functions, trees, graphs, fractal graphics, and some classic algorithms. This course meets the general education requirement in the mathematical sciences and is recommended for all students planning to take more advanced courses in computer science.

Course Code

CMSC 15100




High School Students
UChicago Undergraduates
Visiting Undergraduates


Computer Science

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Primary Instructor

Christopher Jones


Session I

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  • Students who apply will be admitted using rolling admission and require a $50 application fee. 
  • The Summer Session application deadline is May 1, 2018. Students may apply after this deadline, but will be required to pay an additional $100 rush processing fee.
  • International students who will require a visa to attend, applications will be considered no later than April 9 in order to allow enough time to complete the visa application process.
  • Rolling admissions: courses fill quickly, so submit your complete application as soon as possible.

Additional Details

  • Orientation for high school students is June 16-17.

Cost & Aid

Tuition is $4,400 per course. (Full-time registration is two courses taken during the same session.)
Additional fees apply; housing and dining costs not included.

Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for high school students can be found here.
Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for undergraduates can be found here.