Functional Problem Solving


Charlie Curtsinger

Meeting Times
  • MWF 8:30–9:50 in Noyce 3813
Office Hours
  • Book an Appointment
  • Tu 2:00–4:00pm in Noyce 3827
  • W 1:15–2:30pm in Noyce 3827
  • F 1:15–2:30pm in Noyce 3827
Class Mentors
  • Halle Remash (section 01)
  • Shuyan Li (section 01)
  • Yesheng Chen (section 02)
  • Anh Thu Pham (section 02)
Mentor Sessions
  • Sunday, 8–9pm in the CS Commons
  • Wednesday, 8–9pm in the CS Commons
  • Thursday, 8–9pm in the CS Commons
CS Tutors
  • Su from 1–3pm in Noyce 3813
  • Su, M, T, W, Th from 7–10pm in Noyce 3813

About this course

Welcome to CSC 151-01, Grinnell College’s introductory computer science course. In this course, we will work to develop your experience with algorithmic problem solving. While we will be using Scheme as our programming language for this course, you will quickly see that the problem solving skills we learn in this class are applicable to other languages and in settings that don’t involve programming at all.

We will be emphasizing data science, the application of algorithmic problem solving techniques to collections of data. We will focus specifically on cleaning, analyzing, and visualizing data. We may also consider techniques for wrangling data.

CSC 151 requires no prior knowledge of computer science or computer programming. We’ll teach you everything we want you to know. It’s okay if you have some experience (although this may sometimes put you at a disadvantage; we do things differently), but it’s certainly not necessary.

There is another section of this course taught by Fahmida Hamid. The sections will often be in sync, but make sure you refer to your section’s course website when checking due dates and course policies.

Read more about the course in the syllabus and the schedule.