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UFV’s Bachelor of Science with a minor and major in Computing Science provides you with a strong foundation in advanced algorithms, mathematics, database management, data analysis, programming, and software design, while deepening your knowledge of pertinent topics such as privacy, security, hacking, ethics, big data processing, and machine learning.
Complete a Computer Science minor to complement your major field of study and develop a foundational set of skills in programming, object-oriented design, database management, data structures and algorithms, discrete mathematics and more.
View the Computing Science minor course outline in the UFV Academic Calendar
In your first and second year as a Computing Science major, you build an essential foundation in the tools, techniques, and concepts of Computing Science, with courses covering topics such as programming, hardware and basic data structures, as well as foundational math classes, such as calculus and discrete mathematics.
In your third and fourth year, you can choose to focus your degree in one or more of three concentration areas:
To earn a concentration in one of these specializations, you complete three courses in a dedicated area and a CIS 440 project on that topic.
To earn a Computing Science major, you need to fulfil the following requirements:
Refer to the Bachelor of Science requirements for information on additional requirements.
Lectures, labs, workshops and projects within the Computing Science program are delivered to you online, in-person, and in blended formats.
The UFV Computing Science curriculum is informed by up-to-date guidelines established by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the premier professional organizations of computer science, ensuring worldwide recognition, portability, and applicability.
Build credibility and on-the-job skills by opting for the Co-operative Education option. Combine study semesters with four-, eight, or twelve-month paid work terms, offered in regional, national, and global firms. Positions are available in all major/minor specialization areas and in varied industries. These opportunities provide you with valuable experience and boost your career prospects.
In addition to a Bachelor of Science with a major or minor in Computing Science, UFV also offers a certificate, diploma, and bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems.
The Bachelor of Computer Information Systems has more of an applied focus on using information systems, whereas the Computing Science program covers analysis and implementation of algorithms and has stronger theoretical and mathematical foundations.
A Bachelor of Science in Computing Science can open the door to a career in a setting where computational skills are at a premium, such as research labs and institutes, research and development firms, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, public health departments, medical equipment firms, manufacturing firms, scientific software companies, biotech companies, astronomical observatories, weather research stations, telecommunications companies, and more.
As reported by the CBC, BC's high-tech sector employs more people than those of mining, forestry, oil and gas combined. Graduates with skills in computing science are well-prepared for in-demand jobs in a variety of business, scientific, and social contexts, Including software development and testing, web development, data storage, processing and mining, network design, administration, safety and security, user interface design, multimedia development, mobile app development, and in silico research in science.
The entrance requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree will apply to the Computing Science program.
View entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar.
Students may formally declare a Computing Science major or minor if they meet all of the following requirements:
Students who do not meet the entrance requirements can upgrade in order to meet prerequisites for university classes.
Make an appointment with an Upgrading and University Preparation advisor to discuss your upgrading needs.