Honors Program




The advantages of a private education at a fraction of the cost!

  1. Attend small classes
  2. Speed through the core sequence
  3. Participate in personalized academic advising sessions
  4. Get priority registration for computer science courses
  5. Take advanced special topics courses
  6. Enjoy honors social events with other students and faculty
  7. Interact with other like-minded students

The advantages of a world famous research university!

  1. Receive personal attention from award winning faculty
  2. Obtain preferential admission to the joint B.S./M.S. program in CS
  3. Participate in internships and research projects
  4. Get help finding academic scholarships
  5. Graduate with the degree B.S. with Honors in Computer Science


For high school students, admission is based on academic record. A strong interest in mathematics and natural sciences will be helpful, but high school computer science is not required. Minimum requirements are:

  1. Combined SAT score on two traditional components (critical reading and math) of at least 1430
  2. Unweighted high school average of 93% or better in a rigorous program of study

For current computer science students at Stony Brook University, admission is based on:

  1. A minimum GPA of at least 3.5 both overall and in computer science
  2. Completion of 3 computer science courses, including 2 upper division courses


Students must satisfy the standard computer science graduation requirements, however, the core curriculum is accelerated for honors students. Additional requirements include:

  1. Senior honors project, CSE495 and CSE496, under the close supervision of a computer science faculty member.
  2. Project defense to the honors committee, which assigns grades in consultation with the project advisor
  3. Three additional computer science honors courses, 400 level undergraduate courses, or graduate courses. At least two of these must be upper division courses.
  4. A GPA of 3.50 or higher, both overall and in computer science courses.

Comparison of the Core Curriculum
Topic Honors CS Sequence Regular CS Sequence
Theory CSE150, CSE350, CSE385 CSE215, CSE303, CSE373
Programming CSE160, CSE260 CSE114, CSE214, CSE219
Senior Project CSE495, CSE496


The honors curriculum offers students a small, caring environment inside a large research university, with all the advantages of both. Students will attend small classes taught by award-winning faculty and will have the opportunity for personal attention from faculty both in classes and in research projects. Students will also meet and interact with like minded students from diverse backgrounds. Experience with computer science at the high school level is not required for the program, only an interest in this exciting and continually growing field.

Honors courses include:

  • CSE150 - Foundations of Computer Science – Honors (4 credits)
  • CSE160 - Computer Science A – Honors (4 credits)
  • CSE260 - Computer Science B – Honors (4 credits)
  • CSE350 - Theory of Computation – Honors (4 credits)
  • CSE385 - Analysis of Algorithms – Honors (4 credits)

Other advanced courses will be offered on selected topics such as Robotics, Computer Security, Gaming, Visualization, and more. The curriculum can be combined with the five year B.S./M.S. program.


Note: Freshman Spring admits should apply by visiting one of the directors during their office hours.
Prospective students should complete the Stony Brook University application and then submit the online Freshman Supplemental Application. For details and to apply go to http://www.stonybrook.edu/ugadmissions/freshman/. Current Stony Brook students may submit applications directly to the Computer Science Undergraduate Office. 

Professor Michael Bender
Director, Computer Science Honors Program 
Stony Brook University 
Stony Brook, NY 11794-2424 
Phone: (631) 632-7835
Fax: 631-632-8334
Email: benderatcs.stonybrook.edu (Click here)