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
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.
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.