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4.12. Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems

(four years - 120 credits)

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The Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems is designed for students who wish to be more applications-oriented — the use of computers in business, education, and other applications areas for the processing, utilization, and management of information.

Graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems, while still possessing the requisite technical skills, will tend to be oriented towards system analysis and design for organizational functions and will interact more with personnel in organizations.

The programming language requirements for new registrants in this program are COMP 268 (Java) and COMP 272 (Java), as noted below. Those already in a program may graduate with other combinations of programming language(s) in introductory programming and data structures. Descriptions of the various acceptable combinations that are suitable may be found from the Centre for Computing Information Systems news page courses/ccism/news.htm. If you have not yet completed an acceptable combination, you should consult with the Program Director to determine which course(s) to take to satisfy the requirements.

Some courses will begin to specify Java as a prerequisite, but usually allow other possibilities for some time.

Degree requirements

Total credits in the program 120
Minimum credits required
  • Senior (300 or 400 level) courses
  • Science courses
  • Senior (300 or 400 level) science courses
  • Arts or Applied Studies courses
  • Through Athabasca University

Maximum credits allowed
  • Arts or Administration courses

Core course requirements
ADMN 233 Writing in Organizations   (3)
COMP 200 Introduction to Computing and Information Systems   (3)
COMP 268 Introduction to Computer Programming (Java)   (3)
COMP 272 Data Structures (Java)   (3)
COMP 314 Computer Organization   (3)
COMP 345 Data Communications   (3)
COMP 361 System Analysis and Design   (3)
COMP 378 Introduction to Database Management   (3)
COMP 495 Computer and Information Systems Projects I   (3)
ENGL 255 Introductory Composition   (3)
MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics   (3)
MATH 265 Introduction to Calculus I   (3)
MATH 270 Linear Algebra I   (3)
MATH 309 Discrete Mathematics    (3)
MGSC 405 Quantitative Approaches to Decision Making   (3)
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour   (3)
PHIL 333 Professional Ethics or
     PHIL 371 Ethics, Science, Technology, and the Environment   (3)
SCIE 326 Scientific Reasoning   (3)

18 additional credits in Computer Science (COMP) either/or Computers and Management Information Systems (CMIS) courses at the 300 level.

18 additional credits in Computer Science (COMP) courses at the 400 level.

Precluded courses: Students cannot receive credit for COMP 203 or COMP 220 in this program.

Policies specific to the program

  1. Athabasca University will not grant credit for individual computer science courses that were completed more than five years ago.

  2. Students holding an approved college or technical institute computer science-related diploma that is less than five years old may be considered for admission to this degree program.

  3. Students holding an approved college or technical institute computer science-related diploma that is more than five years old but who can supply evidence of employment indicating they are current in the computer science-related field/profession, may gain admission to this degree program.

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