Computer Science (BCompSc)

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Degree
Bachelor of Computer Science (BCompSc)
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Duration
3 to 4 years
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Experiential learning
Co-op
Start term
Fall, Winter

Why study Computer Science?

Computer science uses theoretical and mathematical foundations of computation to understand both software and hardware structure for effective and creative design.

Our state-of-the-art labs for high-performance computing, networks and artificial intelligence will give you experience with the equipment you’ll use in the field. Through labs, lectures and projects, you’ll also:

  • Design and create new software, and modify and test existing software used in a broad range of businesses and industries
  • Develop new or improve existing algorithms
  • Explore emerging software/hardware technologies

Program highlights

  • The student-run Software Engineering and Computer Science Student Society (SCS) organizes coding nights, algorithm practice, tutorials, social events, and networking opportunities.

Program structure

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

The core provides a basic and broad study of theory, mathematical basics, programming methodology, computer architecture, data structures, operating systems, and software engineering.


Program options

New students apply for admission to the Bachelor of Computer Science degree. Once you have completed 30 credits, you may apply to the Honours program.


Courses


Core courses

  • Computer science core
  • Complementary core

Electives

  • Computer science electives
  • Mathematics electives
  • Minor and general electives


Course sequences


Co-op program

The 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 assist in projects designed and implemented by professionals and may also:

  • Develop new or improve existing algorithms
  • Participate in software quality assurance, programming, debugging and testing
  • Prepare project proposals, specifications and software testing plans

Co-op students have completed work terms for employers such as McKesson Canada and NeuroRx Research.


United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

Admission criteria

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements for admission

  • Quebec CEGEP: 28 overall, 26 math
    • Admission is based on applicants’ overall Math CRC indicated above and completion of the following classes as part of their DEC: MATH 103 or 201-NYA and 203 or 201-NYB and 105 or 201-NYC
    • Students completing a three-year technical DEC may also be eligible for admission
      Eligible technical DECs include 420.A0/BO/AA
    • Additional information for CEGEP applicants
  • High School: A- overall, A- math
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 33 overall, 5 HL or 6 SL math
    • Accepted math: Applications and Interpretations HL, Analysis and Approaches SL or HL
  • Baccalaureate français: 15 overall, 15 math
  • British system of education (GCE):
    • A-levels: At least two A-level exams AB, B in math or
    • AS-levels: At least 4 AS-level exams with equivalent results or
    • BTEC: Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in a related subject area with equivalent results
    • Students without A-level math may be admissible based on AS-level or iGCSE/GCSE/O-Level exam results. Students should include all their exam results from iGCSE (or equivalent) onwards to support their application.
    • Additional information for British System of Education (GCE) applicants
  • University transfers (internal): 3.0 overall, 3.0 in math
    • 2.7 in COMP 218 or 248
    • At least two of the following (or equivalent): MATH 203, 204, 205
  • University transfers (external): A- overall, A- in math
    • Courses in the disciplines of Calculus and Linear Algebra


Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

Application deadlines

We consider complete applications year round and give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines.


Fall term

FALL TERM

March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Late applications will be considered if places are still available. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.

Winter term

WINTER

November 1 is the deadline to apply for winter term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by September 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Not all programs are available for winter term entry. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.


We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.


After your degree

Given the range of applications in use today, computer science alumni have established careers in a range of sectors including health care, communications, manufacturing, banking, retail, electronics and entertainment.

Other programs of interest

Computer Engineering (BEng)
  • Co-op
  • Internship
Computer Engineering (BEng)

Without computer hardware there would be no smart phones, DVD players and digital recorders or computerized medical devices. As a computer engineer, your knowledge of computer architecture, digital electronics, circuits and digital communication will lead to new innovations or bring about another information revolution.

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