Computer Science

Vancouver Island University
Program overview 4 years Full-time Bachelor's degree English
Start dates Show all (1) Canada

Program description

Computer Science is a rapidly-growing field, generating a great number of employment opportunities. Government agencies are predicting shortages of qualified computing people that will number in the tens of thousands in Canada alone. The Bachelor of Science, Major in Computer Science, is designed to meet the training and educational requirements outlined by CIPS (Canadian Information Processing Society), ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). These requirements reflect the needs of the computing industry, both nationally and internationally.

The program is composed of courses drawn from the systems, theoretical and business application domains. It is designed to train students in applied computer and educate them in the social, ethical and legal implications of computer.

The program has an optional co-operative education component. To be eligible, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) or better in their Computer Science courses.

The Computer Science Major will be of interest to students wishing to enter the Information Technology industry and/or graduate studies. The Minor will primarily be of interest to students wishing to combine an additional field of study with a strong computing background.

Admission requirements

  • General admission requirements apply for admission to first year.
  • A minimum "B" grade in either Pre-calculus 12 or Principles of Mathematics 12. 
  • Admission to third year requires completion of all first and second year courses, with a minimum grade point average of 2.33 (“C+”).
Notes on Admission
  • Courses in first year have prerequisites. To satisfy all first year course prerequisites, students must complete the following B.C. Secondary School courses: Minimum “B” in either Pre-calculus 12 or Principles of Mathematics 12, minimum “C” in English 12, or equivalents.
  • Students who satisfy all first-year course prerequisites will be able to complete the full degree program in four years. Students who are lacking any or all of the first year course prerequisites should speak with a VIU Advisor about upgrading courses.

Tuition fees

  • Domestic students: 7,830.82 CAD / year
  • International students: 21,495.04 CAD / year

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Vancouver Island University

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Vancouver Island University

Address:Nanaimo (Main Campus) 900 Fifth Street Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5
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Nanaimo (Main Campus) 900 Fifth Street Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada