Computer Science (B.Sc.)

B.Sc. Major in Computer Science

Note: The UBC Okanagan campus also offers a B.A. Major in Computer Science.

This program provides students with a comprehensive overview of computer science including data structures, databases, mobile and web development, software engineering, numerical methods, and security. Computer Science graduates have an impact on society by developing systems used by millions of users and are in very high demand.
Students must take COSC 304, 310 and COSC 341 in their 3rd year since they are a prerequisite to COSC 499. COSC 499 must be taken in 4th year.

First Year Credits
COSC 111 or 123 3
COSC 121 3
Two of ENGL 112 or 114, 113, 150, 151, 153 6
MATH 100, 101 6
PHYS 111 or 112 3
PHYS 102, 121 or 122 3
Electives (COSC 101 recommended) 6
Total Credits 30
Second Year
COSC 211, 221, 222 9
MATH 200, 221 6
STAT 230 3
CHEM 111 or CHEM 121; and CHEM 113 or CHEM 123 6
Arts electives 6
Total Credits 30
Third and Fourth Years
COSC 320 3
COSC 304, 310, 3411 9
COSC 4992 6
PHIL 331 3
Upper-level Computer Science electives 15
Upper-level electives 6
Electives3 18
Total Credits 60
Minimum credits for degree 120
1 COSC 304, 310 and COSC 341 are a pre-requisite to COSC 499 so they must be taken in 3rd year.
2 COSC 499 pre-requisites are COSC 304, 310 and 341 so COSC 499 must be taken in 4th year.
3 At least 18 credits (including PHIL 331 and 6 credits in first-year English) must be Arts courses.

B.Sc. Computer Science Honours Program

Through coursework and research, the Honours in Computer Science is an intensive program of study. Students who complete this program will have the ability to work independently and with a high level of competency. The course requirements are the same as in the Major in Computer Science program, except the student must maintain a high grade level (a minimum of 75%) and the student must complete COSC 449 Honours Thesis (6 credits).

Admission Requirements

  • Fourth-year standing in the Computer Science Major;
  • This program requires a research project with an undergraduate honours thesis. The thesis proposal and a research supervisor must be approved by the department head; and
  • Minimum grade average of 75% in all courses taken to date applicable to the Computer Science Major.

In exceptional cases, such as transferees from another institution, a student may be admitted to the Honours program notwithstanding the criteria listed above.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of the course requirements for the Computer Science Major;
  • Completion of COSC 449 Honours Thesis with a minimum grade of 75%. A written thesis is required, with a public presentation of the thesis in the form of a poster session and/or a seminar; and
  • A minimum 75% graduating grade average (GGA).

B.Sc. Minor in Computer Science

A Minor in Computer Science allows a student to combine extensive knowledge of one field (the major) with the necessary supporting computer science knowledge. A Minor in Computer Science taken with a Science major requires 18 credits of upper-level Computer Science courses (along with their prerequisites). A Minor in Computer Science taken with an Arts major requires 12 credits of upper-level Computer Science courses (along with their prerequisites).

Page last updated: April 24, 2019

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