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ICS 265 C Programming

This course is designed to provide a fast-paced exposure to the C programming language for students majoring in a computer-related discipline. The following topics are briefly reviewed using C syntax: looping, selection, variables, scope rules, functions and pass-by-value arguments. New topics include pass-by-address arguments, formatted and unformatted I/O, user defined types (enum, struct, union), preprocessing directives, file handling, pointers, pointer arithmetic, string manipulation and selected library functions.


Special information

First day attendance is mandatory.
Co-Requisite: MATH 215 or have taken the course prior. Note: Students are responsible to both be aware of and abide by prerequisites for ICS courses for which they enroll, and will be administratively dropped from a course if they have not met prerequisites.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 17, 2021 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Make effective use of basic constructs such as looping, selection, variables, scope rules, and functions with arguments.
  • Use features such as preprocessing directives and bit operators to solve simple problems in applications such as system programming.
  • Use structs and unions to craft efficient solutions.
  • Write string and character processing code using arrays, pointers, and library functions.
  • Employ standard C coding conventions, proper programming style, and appropriate documentation conventions.
  • Manipulate external data streams using formatted and unformatted I/O.