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CS Pathfinders

CS 106A Pathfinders


The program works as follows, you will be eligible to enter a special section of the course. Each student will enroll in a regular CS 106A Winter course and will attend all lectures and discussion sessions. But, in addition to the regular CS 106A course requirements, a CS Pathfinder student will attend an additional 2 to 3 hour problem solving session. For this extra commitment, the students receive an additional unit of academic credit (5 +1= 6 units instead of the normal 5). The course assistant (CA/TA) who is an engineering graduate student, will work with you during the problem-solving sessions and in special tutorial office hours.


The CS 106A 1 unit Pathfinder seminar is demanding, fast-paced and designed to make optimal use of your time, especially homework time. The sections are structured so that you will do your work collaboratively, socratically and heuristically, solving the problem sets cooperatively while developing your own mastery of the material. It is expected that the group study habits you develop will serve you well in all of your courses at Stanford. Research shows that students who study alone preform dramatically less in college than those who study collaboratively. Moreover, most engineering projects in industry and government are completed in teams.


For this new CS 106A 1 unit course the majority of students, especially those who attend every lecture, as well as discussion and problem-solving sessions, will learn CS 106A more deeply and we expect over 80% of the students to earn a grade of “B" or better. Most importantly, our students will acquire a deeper understanding of CS and its applications in science and engineering.

Please apply ASAP and no later than January 5, 2018. To be in the CS Pathfinder 1 unit seminar you are required to be enrolled in the Winter 2018 CS 106A 5 unit course. If selected you will receive 6 units for this course.

CS Pathfinder Application


For questions, you can email Lourdes Andrade or Dr. Noe P. Lozano, Associate Dean of Engineering Diversity Programs at