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DarthSteveDarthSteve Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
edited August 2006 in Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
I want to take CPE 101.
But the prerequisite was MATH 118, but I took calculus in high school.
Also it wanted CSC 100, but I took in high school Computer Science.
So can i get into this class or not?

Thanks you.
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  • linguaelinguae Registered User Posts: 69 Junior Member
    I am a second-year computer science major and mathematics minor at Cal Poly, so I believe that I am qualified enough to answer.

    About the CPE 101 math prerequisite, make sure that you have either passed the MAPE test (placement test for math courses) or have exempted yourself from the MAPE test. You exempt yourself from the MAPE test by scoring a 600 on the math portion of the SAT (or MATH IC/IIC subject test), a 3 or higher on an AP Calculus test, or took a community college course that is equal or higher than MATH 118. Unfortunately, taking a high school calculus class doesn't count. From my personal experience, I was forced to take the MAPE test because, although I took calculus in high school (and earned an A in the class), I didn't do well on the AP test, and my SAT scores were below the exemption cutoff. I ended up having to take MATH 141 (Calculus I) in the fall quarter. (However, retaking calculus was helpful. It made me fully understand calculus, and it doesn't place you behind in your classes; Cal Poly's schedule assumes that you are starting to learn calculus instead of APing yourself out of it).

    Now, about CSC 100, it is a seminar-style course for freshman computer science majors. Last time that I checked, it wasn't required, nor is a co-requisite for CSC 101 (then again, I took some community college courses during high school that was the equivalent of CSC 101, so I can't say much about CSC 101). I recommend taking CSC 100; it is a 2-unit course that introduces you to the major and gives you some insight about what computer science is really about before you delve too deeply in the major.

    Have a good time at Cal Poly; you'll love the school and its surrounding environment. And don't miss be late for your registration time; even freshman courses get filled quickly during freshman registration (there are 4,000 other freshmen wanting to fill up only a few hundred slots in English courses, math courses, and other required courses), so keep that in mind when your registration day comes. I wish you well.
  • DarthSteveDarthSteve Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    thx for the tip.
    But i need information for CPE 101.
    I am a Computer Engineering Major.
    CPE 101 wants the prerequiste.
    The reason that i am worried is because
    the flow chart is going to get disturbed if i take
    CSC 232.
    And i really want to graduate in 4 years.
  • linguaelinguae Registered User Posts: 69 Junior Member
    Oh, I didn't know that you were a computer engineering major instead of computer science. (Certain courses at Cal Poly are marked either CSC or CPE, although they are the exact same class). Then, you must take CPE 100. Still, my other advice for the math courses apply.
  • CalPolyStudentCalPolyStudent Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Okay here is a dirty secret of Cal Poly (I have done this several times, mostly to get into 300-400 level classes) register for the class, then show up. If the teacher specifically calls out your name and says you cant take it, tough luck and CRASH another course. But, if the teacher says, "anyone who hasnt taken blah blah please come forward so I can kick you out" for goodness sake stay in your chair and dont step forward. I guarantee you will get credit for the class, I did this for my history minor, I just showed up in a 400 level class as a freshmen (no one stopped me) and I did it for my c4 GE (and a lot of idiots that time went forward and were like oh I guess I dont have the pre-reqs and she kicked like 20 people out). So just realize Cal Poly beaurcracy can be beaten, and remember you can take your flowchart in any order, so load up on GEs if you cant get what you need or whatever. Best of luck to you!
  • CantbeataKTMCantbeataKTM Registered User Posts: 131 Junior Member
    haha Thats funny.. Good Wit you have there
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