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Computing Science

Degree:

Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Science and Management (Honours)

Faculty/School:

Faculty of Science

Location:

UOIT, North Oshawa

Start dates:

September

Length:

Four or five years

Program load:

Full-time

OUAC code:

DSD

General information:

Graduates of this program will obtain a solid foundation in the theory and application of the principles of computing science, as well as in the cognitive capabilities and skills relating to computing science. This program also provides the opportunity for the student to develop practical capabilities and skills, such as software design and implementation, information management, risk assessment, effective deployment of software tools and system evaluation. In addition, transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, self-management and professional development are emphasized in many courses. 

The Computing Science program at UOIT was developed in collaboration with leading representatives from both academia and industry and is designed to meet the increasing need for graduates with the knowledge and skills in this important field. 

Digital Media is a specialization offered within this degree, as well as the general Computing Science degree (Comprehensive).

UOIT’s Bachelor of Science and Management (Honours) is available to Faculty of Science students. The combination Science and Management program will consist of the curriculum from the selected science program and 10 courses in business and management that are taken in Year 5 of the regular program or Year 6 of the co-op program. Graduates will benefit from a complete science education complemented by solid accounting, finance, operations, human resources and marketing skills.

Additional information:

Admission requirements:

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits including English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), and two of Biology (SBI4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Chemistry (SCH4U) or Physics (SPH4U). In addition, a combined minimum 70 per cent average in math and science courses is required. It is recommended that all four MCV4U, SBI4U, SCH4U and SPH4U be taken. Applicants with credentials from outside Ontario should visit the Admissions section. 

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.

Last year's cut-off:

70 per cent

Expected cut-off:

Low 70s

Program Curriculum:

Sample courses: 
  • Biology 
  • Calculus 
  • Chemistry 
  • Introduction to Computer Science with C++ 
  • Linear Algebra 
  • Physics 
  • Programming Workshop 
A full program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar. Courses are subject to change without notice.

Experiential learning:

The Faculty of Science offers an optional co-operative education program to students in Computing Science. 

As defined by the Canadian Association For Co-operative Education (CAFCE), co-operative education is a sequential pattern of academic terms and co-op work terms in which academic studies are integrated with paid, career-related work experience with relevant companies and agencies. Co-operative education provides many benefits to students, including the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience, earn competitive salaries that partially offset the cost of their education, help clarify career objectives, and develop valuable networking that will enhance opportunities for full-time employment upon graduation. Studies have shown that students in the same academic program who graduate from a co-operative education stream have lower debt loads and are employed faster and with higher starting salaries than those who graduate from the regular stream. 

In the fall of Year 2, interested students apply to the Faculty of Science and are accepted based on their Year 1 grade point average, their academic status, and the absence of a record of misconduct. While the Faculty of Science cannot guarantee a co-op placement, all students in co-operative education are provided with assistance, advice and counselling.

Career opportunities:

There are many opportunities for graduates in computing science, whether pursuing higher education or entering the workforce. The following list includes just a few of the potential career opportunities available:

  • Computer consultant
  • Computer programmer
  • Engineer
  • Information specialist
  • Scientist
  • Software designer
  • Systems analyst
  • Technical support analyst

There is a wealth of opportunities for graduates in the sciences in industry, government and in fields of applied science. The combination of a science degree and business and management education will give an added advantage to graduates of these programs to establish careers in practical areas.


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