Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science - Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering
Why study software systems?
Build compilers, operating systems and communications software that developers use to create applications. In other words, software systems specialists develop the tools that are used just about by everyone else in the computer science or engineering field. When you study software systems, you’ll learn how to design the software you see (the application) and the software you don’t see (the operating system) and how to get them to work together.
Our state-of-the-art labs for high-performance computing, networks and artificial intelligence will give you experience with the tools you will use in the field. Through labs, lectures and projects, you’ll also:
- Learn programming methodology to design data structures and algorithms
- Receive in-depth instruction in mathematics, probability and statistics
- Learn the principles of programming languages and object-oriented programming
After graduation you’ll have the knowledge, skill and passion to succeed in any number of computing careers this versatile degree offers you.
A Bachelor of Computer Science degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.
We offer an honours program to computer science students with high academic standing. You may apply to the honours program once you have completed 30 credits.
- Cegep Students including Three-Year Technical DEC:
- MATH 103 or 201-NYA and 203 or 201-NYB and 105 or 201-NYC
- Non-Cegep Students:
- Calculus I and II, Linear Algebra
Particular attention is paid to grades in mathematics, sciences and courses applicable to the intended program of study. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will be reviewed holistically.
- Students will be required to take and complete all prerequisite program requirements during their first year of study.
- Any missing prerequisites will be added onto the program at Concordia.
- Applicants from a three-year technical DEC may be eligible for transfer credits based on course equivalencies.
- Minimum of 65% for exemptions for Math and Physics. Students with grades of less than 65% in prerequisite courses will be asked to repeat those courses in addition to the program.
Minimum Cut-off Averages
(Minimum Cut-Off Averages: Should be used as indicators. Data may change depending on the quality of the application pool )
- Cegep: Overall CRC 24.00
- Canadian/U.S. High Schools & International Secondary Schools: 80% or B- equivalent
- External Transfers: Minimum 2.5 GPA (Transfer credits may be considered on a course-by-course basis or by challenge exams.)
- International Bacc. (IB): A minimum total of 27 points and completion of mathematics and sciences at the Higher Level
- Bacc. Français: Overall 11/20 – Completion of Série S (Sciences)
Make sure you also meet Concordia's minimum admission requirements.
Applying to the Computer Science co-op program gives you the chance to complete paid work terms that last 12 to 16 weeks. As a co-op student, you will play a large role in assisting projects designed and implemented by professionals and may also:
- Analyze and develop computer solutions
- Design and create new software, and modify and test existing software used in a broad range of businesses and industries
- Plan and implement computer security systems for database access control
Co-op students have completed work terms for employers such as:
- CAE Inc.
- Canadian Space Agency
Given the range of applications in use today, computer science alumni have established careers in a range of economic sectors including health care, communications, manufacturing, banking, retail, electrical and entertainment.