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 because they are prerequisites to COSC 499. COSC 499 must be taken in 4th year.

Students must also meet the BSc degree requirements.

First Year Credits
COSC 111 or 123 3
COSC 121 3
ENGL 109, or two of 112, 113, 114, 150, 151, 153, 154, 155, 156, 203, CORH 203, CORH 205, APSC 176, APSC 201 6
MATH 100, 101 6
PHYS 111 or 112 3
Electives1,4 9
Total Credits 30
Second Year  
COSC 211, 221, 222 9
MATH 221 3
STAT 230 3
Electives2,4 15
Total Credits 30

Third and Fourth Years  
COSC 320 3
COSC 304, 310, 3413 9
COSC 4993 6
PHIL 331 3
Upper-level Computer Science electives 18
Upper-level electives4 3
Electives4 18
Total Credits 60
Minimum credits for degree4 120

1COSC 101, 122, 123, 150 are recommended.

2COSC and DATA courses are recommended. MATH 200 is recommended as several upper-level COSC courses require it as a prerequisite.

3COSC 304, 310, 341 must be taken in 3rd-year because they are all prerequisites to COSC 499. COSC 499 must be taken in 4th-year.

4At least 12 of the 45 Elective credits must be Science 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 76%) 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 76% 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 76%. 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 76% 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: May 25, 2022

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