Computer Science Project Design Course (Junior Design)

The College of Computing is phasing in a new structure for the Junior Design sequence.  For some students, the guidelines for previous semesters may apply.  Please check with your academic advisor if you are uncertain.

Starting Fall of 2015:

Students completing VIP for their junior design requirement will now be required to complete three semesters of VIP on the same project with LMC 3403.  VIP 1 (1 hour)  + VIP 2 (2 hours) + VIP 3 (2 hours) = 5 hours of VIP credit; LMC 3403 (3 hours) is taken either during their last semester of VIP or after completion of VIP. VIP 2 and 3 must be at the 3000/4000 level.

VIP Course
LMC Course
VIP Semester 1
1 credit
VIP Semester 2
2 credits
3000 or 4000 level
VIP Semester 3
2 credits
3000 or 4000 level
LMC 3403, 3 credits
taken during 3rd semester of VIP or after VIP
After VIP
5 VIP credits total
3 LMC credits total

Starting Fall of 2013 through Fall 2015

The School of Computer Science is implementing a new approach to the design project course. The approach requires CS students to take a two-semester Project Design class that will be taken in conjunction with a two-semester LMC class that will replace the CS 4911 and LCC 3403 requirements. There are currently three options for this project class: a CS project class, a CS research class, or a VIP project. To choose the VIP option, follow the timeline below.  Note that the total number of VIP credits must be 3 or 4.

Timeline VIP Course LMC Course
1st semester of
Project Course
1-2 credits
3000 or 4000 level
2 credits
LMC 3432**
2nd semester of
Project Course
1-2 credits*
3000 or 4000 level
1 credit
LMC 3431**
  3-4 VIP credits total  

* Both semesters must be spent with the same VIP team.
** LMC 4812 and 4811 are being used in place of LMC 3432 and 3431 respectively, until the permanent course numbers are established.

Starting with Summer 2011 and ending Summer 2013, VIP can count for Senior Capstone Credit (CS 4911) when:

  • There are at least 3 credit hours in the same VIP project
  • 1 credit is at the junior or senior level (3000 or 4000 level)
  • The other 2 credits are are at the senior level (4000 level)

Prior to Spring 2011

VIP credits acquired via CS-designated VIP courses during or before Spring 2011 may also count toward capstone credit.  For details, please check with your College of Computing academic advisor.