Sophomores, please read me: If you consider yourself a Sophomore in academic year 2021-22 and the IntroSems' VCA shows you in a different cohort (i.e., Frosh or Junior), please make a note of your correct cohort within your statement of interest. It is not possible to change the cohort field in the IntroSems' VCA, but the instructor will see your note when they build their class.
IntroSems quarters and schedules subject to change--check back often. Visit Re-Approaching Stanford for the latest updates on Academic Year 2021-22.
Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
Great Discoveries and Inventions in Computing
This seminar will explore some of the great discoveries that underlie computer science as well as the inventions that have produced the remarkable advances in computing technology. Key questions we will explore include: What is computable? How can information be securely communicated despite the threat of hackers? How do computers fundamentally work? What makes computers fast? What is artificial intelligence and machine learning? Our exploration will look at the principles behind the discoveries and inventions, use interactive class exercises to explore the ideas, and include student-led discussions of current hot topics and ethical issues. In addition to our classes: we will visit the Computer History Museum (the foremost museum in the world for computer artifacts) and some computing labs on campus or in Silicon Valley.