CSE 202: Syllabus, Textbook, and Prerequisites


  1. Introduction to problems and algorithms
  2. Mathematics for algorithm analysis
  3. Divide and conquer
    • Sorting and order statistics
    • Fast Fourier transform
    • Closest pair
  4. Greedy method
  5. Dynamic programming
  6. Graph algorithms
  7. Network Flow
  8. Linear programming
  9. NP-completeness
  10. PSPACE-complete problems
  11. Dealing with NP-hardness
    • Exploiting input structure
    • Approximation algorithms


Algorithm Design by Kleinberg and Tardos, 1st edition
Chapters 1 through 12

UCSD Bookstore does not necessarily carry the book. You can obtain the book from one of the online vendors or from any other source.

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Supplementary Reading

  1. Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen, Leiserson, Rives, and Stein
  2. Algorithms by Dasgupta, Papadimitriou, and Vazirani
  3. Algorithmic Puzzles, Anany Levitin and Maria Levitin, Oxford University Press


  • Combinatorics and discrete mathematics (as covered in CSE 20 and 21 at UC San Diego)
  • Data structures as covered in CSE 100 at UC San Diego
  • Algorithms as covered in CSE 101 at UC San Diego.
  • Specifically, the course assumes competency in the following topics:
    • growth rates of functions,
    • formulating and solving recurrence relations,
    • combinatorial reasoning,
    • basic graph theory,
    • proving the correctness of algorithms,
    • sorting, selection, and searching algorithms,
    • standard data structures: arrays, stacks, queues, trees, heaps, binary search trees, and graphs, 
    • divide-and-conquer, greedy and dynamic programming techniques,
    • graph exploration techniques: breadth-first search and depth-first search, and
    • standard graph algorithms: minimum spanning trees and shortest paths