Undergraduate Programs
Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems Degree
(4 years—120 credits)
Regulations effective September 1, 2005

Offered by Athabasca University's School of Computing and Information Systems (SCIS), the Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems program (BSc CIS) is designed for students who wish to be applications-oriented and use computers in business, education, and other applications areas for the processing, utilization, and management of information.

Graduates from the BSc CIS, 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. Athabasca University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

The programming language requirements for new students 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 School of Computing and Information Systems news page. 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.

Classroom Setting

In addition to completing this degree through online and distance learning, you have the option to take courses for the BSc CIS in a classroom setting at UBridge College (Calgary, Alberta). See Section 9.3 for more information.

Students are strongly encouraged to register in ENGL 255 or ADMN 233 early in their program.

Second Undergraduate Degree

Students who hold a recognized first and who wish to obtain an AU undergraduate degree in a different subject area, must apply under the second undergraduate degree regulations. These students may transfer in up to 50 per cent (60 credits) into the four-year degree program, based on course work in the first degree that is applicable. Preparatory (100 level) credits cannot be used to fulfill the requirements of a second undergraduate degree.

  Degree Requirements  
  Total credits in the program 120
  Minimum Credits Required  
  Senior (300 or 400 level) courses 75
  Science 75
     · In senior (300 or 400 level) science courses 45
  Arts (Humanities, Social Science) or Applied Studies 21
  Through Athabasca University (residency requirement) 30
  Maximum Credits Allowed  
  Arts (Social Science) or Administration 45
  200-level courses
(120 total - 75 in senior = 45)
    ·200-level option courses
  (45 - 27 in the core = 18)
  Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits 30
  Core Course Requirements (57 credits)
ADMN 233 Writing in Organizations (3)
COMP 200 Introduction to Computing and Information
COMP 268 Introduction to Computer Programming (Java) (3)
COMP 272 Data Structures (Java) (3)
COMP 314 Computer Organization (3)
COMP 347 Computer Networks 1 (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 209 Finite Mathematics (3)
MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics
MATH 216 Computer-Oriented Approach 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
PHIL 371 Ethics, Science, Technology, and the Environment (3)
SCIE 326 Scientific Reasoning (3)

and the following

Computer Science (COMP) or Computers and Management Information Systems (CMIS)
courses at the 300 level.

  Computer Science (COMP) courses at the 400 level.





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


Specific Regulations

Athabasca University will not grant credit for individual computer science courses that were completed more than five years ago unless students can supply evidence of employment indicating they are current in a computer science-related field/profession.

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