Academic Support Services

What did you do that no one made you do?

This is the most important question for candidates need to answer at interviews, according to every industry leader we have spoken with. What did you do that was above and beyond simply attending class and doing the minimum work required? Your answer to this question demonstrates your commitment, motivation, passion, work ethic, problem solving skills, teamwork skills and positive attitude, all qualities that make you stand out in applications to industry or graduate school.

Above and beyond - 20+ hours per week

To support and facilitate the development of an excellent answer to this question for each individual student, School of Computing & Design gives you support and space to become part of a learning community and go above and beyond:

To achieve maximum results, we believe students MUST work 20+ hours a week beyond class time on their academic and personal growth! Go Above & Beyond!

Find out more about our academic support activities below and visit this page regularly for updates. Write to us at if you have any questions or suggestions.

Study time and the lab

To support student success and community in the department, space in the BIT building has been dedicated for students studying computing. The rooms are available, except in the rare case when there is an activity scheduled. Please note that this room can become very full. In that event, small study groups can move to find space in the BIT lobby areas or library.

Room Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
230 7:30a - 9:50p 7:30a - 9:50p 7:30a - 9:50p 7:30a - 9:50p 7:30a - 9:50p
202  2:00p - 7:50p 10:00a - 2:00p 2:00p - 7:50p 10:00a - 2:00p
223 12:00p - 2:00p, 8:00p - 9:50p 3:30p - 7:50p 12:00p - 2:00p, 8:00p - 9:50p 3:30p - 7:50p 10:00a - 3:00p

We hope this reserved space promotes a consistent investment in studying and the formation of study groups among our students. We encourage you to study in these locations in order to get ahead in classes, meet other computing students, and get help from TA++s.

TA++ program

Students, need help? Find TA++ office hours at the link below!

All office hours are held in BIT 230.

A TA++ is a student serving as a TA (and more) for a computing course. TA++s are trained to tutor in computing subjects, and attend weekly training sessions together. TA++s may also help during course lab time or aid the course instructor in other ways. A TA++ is paired with most computing courses.

TAs for the introductory programming courses, CST 231: Problm-Solving/Programng (4 units) and CST 238: Introduction to Data Structures (4 units), also hold weekly review sessions to help students gain a deeper understanding of this core material.

For questions about the TA++ program, check out the TA++ website or contact TA++ coordinators Lucas Childers and Andy Kor.

Need help with writing, math, science, technology and other general education courses? Check out the Collaborative Learning Center. They are located next door at Tanimura & Antle Library, 2nd floor (room 2125).

Interested in becoming a TA++? We are looking for students who have a dedication to high standards, great content knowledge, and the willingness to help others. Watch for applications 5-6 weeks before the end of the semester on the TA++ website.

ABCs - Professional Development Workshop

ABCs, short for Above and Beyond Computer Science, is a weekly professional development workshop on Fridays 2-5pm in Library 1180. It is open to junior and senior level students, as well as sophomores interested in applying for internships, jobs, or grad school. This semester, two representatives from Facebook will be assisting in the design and delivery of this workshop, spending part of each week at CSUMB. Hiring organizations will be invited to present, mock interview, and real interview during this time. The workshop is sequential (resume writing -> applying -> interview prep), so you will derive the most benefit if you consistently attend.

Also, check out the Opportunity Board for ideas on where to apply for internships, research experiences for undergraduates (REUs), camps, and other ways to increase your employability. This list is not comprehensive, but it should give you a starting place for your search.Are you interested in learning about more opportunities? Join CS-You-Monterey Slack workspace and join the #internship-jobs channel.

Cooperative Learning Center Math Tutoring Hours

There are three ways students can make appointments (for group sessions): call, email, or walk-in.

Phone: 831-582-4104


Location: Library, 2nd floor

MATH 130: Precalculus (5 units) Tutoring Hours

Day Drop-In Group (By appointment) Drop-In
Monday 10:00 to 11:50 AM 12:00 to 3:50 PM 6:00 to 6:50 PM
Tuesday 10:00 to 11:50 AM 2:00 to 2:50 and 4:00 to 5:50 PM 7:00 to 7:50 PM
Wednesday 10:00 to 11:50 AM 1:00 to 3:50 PM 6:00 to 6:50 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM to 11:50 PM 12:00 to 4:50 PM 7:00 to 7:50 PM
Sunday 3:00 to 5:50 PM

MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units) Tutoring Hours

Day Drop-In Group (By Appointment) Drop-In
Monday 10:00 to 11:50 AM 12:00 to 1:50 PM, 3-5:50 PM 6 to 7:50 PM
Tuesday 10:00 to 11:50 AM 12 to 1:50 PM 6 to 7:50 PM
Wednesday 10:00 to 11:50 AM 2:00 to 5:50 PM 6 to 6:50 PM
Thursday 10:00 to 11:50 AM 1:00 to 3:50 PM 6 to 7:50 PM
Sunday 3:00 to 5:50 PM

MATH 170: Discrete Mathematics (4 units) Tutoring Hours

Day Drop-in(am) Group Session (By appointment) Drop-in(pm)
Monday 10:00 to 11:50 AM
Tuesday 10:00 to 11:50 AM 1:00 to 1:50 PM 6:00 to 7:50 PM
Wednesday 10:00 to 11:50 AM 6:00 to 6:50 PM
Thursday 10:00 to 11:50 AM 1:00 to 1:50 PM 6:00 to 7:50 PM

Large format printer

Communication Design students may access the department's large format printer for their class projects.

Software Request

The School of Computing and Design provides certain software to its students. Fill out the request form . The CSUMB Information Technology department also makes some software available for students for free or discounted prices.