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Deborah Joseph
Associate Professor
Computer Science Department
University of Wisconsin - Madison


Courses Taught

Undergraduate Advising - Freshman and Sophomore advising for CS students

Are you a freshman or sophomore wanting to earn a liberal arts degree? If so, the L&S Advising Center is the place for you! Featuring a mix of faculty and academic staff advisors, we are the primary source for academic advising for students who want to choose a major within Letters & Science. In addition to pre-major advising we also help transfer students. More information can be found on the LSAC website:


Undergraduate Honors in Computer Science

I am the Computer Science department's undergraduate honors advisor.

Students enrolled in the honors program may elect to take any CS course numbered 300-699 for Honors credit. But to do so you need my permission (as departmental honors advisor) and the permission of the course instructor. In addition, any course numbered 700 or above carries Honors credit for undergraduate students.

Junior and Senior cs majors should consider the Computer Sciences Major with Honors. Here are the requirements:

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.5, computed on all courses used for the major.
  2. A 2-semester senior thesis or project (CS 681- 682) involving at least 6 credits of work. (The student will be responsible for obtaining a thesis/project advisor. The thesis or project must be approved by both the thesis/project advisor and the Departmental Honors Advisor. A thesis or project must be filed with the CS Department before a final (passing) grade for CS 682 can be awarded.)
  3. 3 of the elective credits counted in Requirement (7) for the Computer Sciences Major must be obtained at the 700 or 800 level, with a grade of B or better. (These courses must be approved by the Departmental Honors Advisor and should be selected to complement the student's degree plan and to aid in the student's senior thesis/project.)

If you would like more information about the honors program in computer science please send me email: You can find an application form for the L&S Honors in the Major progam at the L&S Honors website.

Additional Interests

I live on an 80 acre farm in the driftless region of SW Wisconsin. Much of our land is tall grass prairie and oak savanna. I share the farm with my husband Paul Young and our five Labrador Retrievers who compete in agility, obedience, hunting, and tracking.


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