CS Technical Survival Guide

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Welcome to the Department of Computer Science

Whether you're here for one class, a minor or are planning for your Masters, this page will give you suggestions for making the most out of your computer science experience. Navigate through the topics for any questions you might have.

Accounts, Passwords, and Profile Storage

We cover the differences between a CS account and a general university account, changing your password, and password requirements.

Getting Around the Command Line

The command line comes in different forms from the Command Prompt on Windows to the Terminal on Unix based systems like Linux.

Virtual Machines

What this allows you to do. What not to do. VirtualBox vs VMWare.


Usage of git with minor commands and further documentation. Gitlab vs Github and what the department offers.

Class Related Things

Our one-stop shop FAQ-esque guide within a FAQ-esque guide to help you through the technical side of our CS classes.

Common Problems

Common problems or questions we hear here in CS Support. If you have suggestions or pointers, feel free to email us at cs.support@wwu.edu


This guide is new and in its final stages of writing. If there are any spelling, grammar, or information errors, please let us know. Also let us know if there is anything else you would like to learn about!