Queen's School of Computing

The Queen’s degree in Computer Science explores the science and the principles that underlie all of computing. It provides broad training with the opportunity to focus on specific areas such as artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, computing theory, and programming languages. From software developer to systems analyst, information architect to database administrator, graduates are well-prepared for any number of careers in the technology industry and beyond.

Degree Outline

What follows is a list of the required unit credits for the Computer Science program. This information is meant as a guide and is subject to change. The precise and up-to-date requirements for Computing degree plans can be found online in the Arts and Science Calendar. In case of discrepancies, the calendar should be considered as the official definition.

Typical 4-years honours programs consist of 120 unit credits. A one-term course is worth 3 units, while a full year (two-term) course is worth 6 units. All courses listed below are 3 units unless specified with a /6.0 after the course code.

Computing Prerequisite Chart
Prerequisite Chart
  • CISC 121 Introduction to Computing Science I
  • CISC 124 Introduction to Computing Science II
  • One of the following Linear Algebra options:
    1. MATH 112 Linear Algebra
      CISC 102 Discrete Mathematics for Computing Science I
    2. MATH 111/6.0 Linear Algebra
      CISC 102 Discrete Mathematics for Computing Science I
    3. MATH 110/6.0 Linear Algebra
  • One of the following Calculus options:
    1. MATH 120/6.0 Differential and Integral Calculus
    2. MATH 121/6.0 Differential and Integral Calculus
    3. MATH 123 Differential and Integral Calculus I
      MATH 124 Differential and Integral Calculus II
  • CISC 203 Discrete Mathematics for Computing Science II
  • CISC 204 Logic for Computing Science
  • CISC 220 System-Level Programming
  • CISC 221 Computer Architecture
  • CISC 223 Software Specifications
  • CISC 235 Information Structures
  • STAT 263 Introduction to Statistics
    or another Statistics course option (see calendar for complete list).
  • One of the following 2 courses:
    • CISC 322 Software Architecture
    • CISC 326 Game Architecture
  • CISC 324 Operating Systems
  • CISC 340 Digital Systems
  • CISC 360 Programming Paradigms
  • CISC 365 Algorithms I
  • CISC 497 Social, Ethical and Legal Issues in Computing
  • One of the following courses:
    • CISC 422 Formal Methods in Software Engineering
    • CISC 462 Computability and Complexity
    • CISC 465 Foundations of Programming Languages
    • CISC 466 Algorithms II
  • 12.0 additional units in CISC, in one of two possible combinations:
    Option i - 9.0 units in CISC at the 400-level, plus one of:
    • CISC 332 Database Management Systems
    • CISC 333 Introduction to Data Mining
    • CISC 352 Artificial Intelligence
    Option ii - 3.0 units at the 200-level or above, 6.0 at the 400-level, plus one of:
    • CISC 454 Computer Graphics
    • CISC 457 Image Processing and Computer Vision
  • 30.0 units in disciplines other than Computing (CISC/COGS/COCA), Mathematics/Statistics (MATH/STAT), or Engineering (APSC/ELEC) with at least 9.0 credits in the humanities, languages or social sciences (see calendar for complete list).
  • One of the following project courses:
    • CISC 499 Advanced Undergraduate Project
    • CISC 500/6.0 Advanced Research Project

Admission Requirements

Admission to a degree program in the Faculty of Arts and Science from an Ontario Secondary School is based on the completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Please see Admissions for details.

How to Apply

Apply at the Ontario Universities Application Centre using the program code QD (Queen's University, Computing).

Upon completion of second year, students must declare that they are entering the Computer Science Subject of Specialization.

More Info

More information may be obtained by sending mail to undergrad@cs.queensu.ca or by contacting the Computer Science advisor:

For information about our Fundamental Computation Computing Major option, click here.