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Athabasca University

Bachelor of Science
Computing and Information Systems Major

Amended regulations, effective September 1, 2017.

The Computing and Information Systems Major is designed for students who wish to develop and use computer-based systems in business, education, and other fields that require the processing, utilization, and management of information. Students will gain the requisite knowledge and skills in the analysis, design, and implementation of computer-based information systems for various organizations.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the Computing and Information Systems major, students should be able to:

  • apply knowledge of computing and information systems appropriate to industry needs.
  • apply algorithmic concepts to computing and information system solutions.
  • understand and analyze complex business problems.
  • identify and define computing and information system requirements.
  • accomplish design, implementation, and verification of computer-based systems to meet desired needs.
  • analyze and compare alternative solutions for a situation.
  • learn new tools and methods, and adapt new technologies.
  • work effectively, both individually and in teams, to accomplish common goals.
  • perform effective research using a range of methods and sources.
  • recognize the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development.
  • understand professional, ethical, and social issues and responsibilities.
  • analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.

Computing and Information Systems Major – Specific Requirements

In addition to the BSc program general requirements, a major in Computing and Information Systems involves the completion of 45 credits of core and elective courses. The Computing and Information Systems major cannot be combined with the Computing minor or the Information Systems minor.

Core Courses

24 credits
COMP 268 Introduction to Computer Programming (Java) (3)
COMP 272 Data Structures and Algorithms (3)
COMP 314 Operating Systems (3)
COMP 347 Computer Networks (3)
COMP 361 Systems Analysis and Design (3)
COMP 378 Introduction to Database Management (3)
COMP 482 Human Computer Interaction (3)
COMP 495 Computer and Information Systems Projects I (3)

Elective Courses

21 credits

Students complete a minimum of 21 credits selected from the Computer Science (COMP) discipline. All 21 credits must be at the senior (300 or higher) level.

Up to three Athabasca University graduate-level computing courses can be taken to fulfill senior-level COMP electives. The courses are paced and have specific start dates. Please refer to the Graduate Academic Schedule for registration deadlines. Some graduate courses are excluded and priority is given to graduate students. If the graduate-level credit is used to fulfill a Bachelor of Science Major in Computing and Information Systems requirement, it cannot be applied to another undergraduate or graduate degree. Please note that the fees for graduate-level courses differ from that of an undergraduate course. To register in a graduate-level course, please complete the printable undergraduate course registration form, and email it to

Recommended Options

The following courses are recommended options for CIS major students enrolled in the 4-year BSc program:
ADMN 233 Writing in Organizations (3)
ORGB 364 Organizational Behaviour (3)
PHIL 252 Critical Thinking (3)
MGSC 405 Quantitative Approaches to Decision Making (3)
MATH 309 Discrete Mathematics (3)


Information effective Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018.

Updated August 14 2017 by laurab

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