Queen's School of Computing

We are the pioneers in undergraduate biomedical computing, one of the most promising fields in health research. This innovative program combines the problem-solving capabilities of computer science with the most advanced techniques of the life sciences, resulting in endless possibilities for improving health care. This program is suitable for many careers, including medicine and medical research.

Degree Outline

What follows is a list of the required unit credits for the Biomedical Computation program. This is a Computing Major stream and can be taken with a Minor in another subject. 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 121Introduction to Computing Science I
  • CISC 124Introduction to Computing Science II
  • One of the following Linear Algebra options:
    1. MATH 112Linear Algebra
      CISC 102Discrete Mathematics for Computing Science I
    2. MATH 111/6.0Linear Algebra
      CISC 102Discrete Mathematics for Computing Science I
    3. MATH 110/6.0Linear Algebra
  • One of the following Calculus options:
    1. MATH 120/6.0Differential and Integral Calculus
    2. MATH 121/6.0Differential and Integral Calculus
    3. MATH 123Differential and Integral Calculus I
      MATH 124Differential and Integral Calculus II
  • CISC 203Discrete Mathematics for Computing Science II
  • CISC 204Logic for Computing Science
  • CISC 221Computer Architecture
  • CISC 223Software Specifications
  • CISC 235Information Structures
  • CISC 271Scientific Computing
  • STAT 263Introduction to Statistics
  • CISC 320Software Development
  • One of the following 2 courses:
    • CISC 322Software Architecture
    • CISC 326Game Architecture
  • CISC 330Computer-Integrated Surgery
  • CISC 352Artificial Intelligence
  • CISC 360Programming Paradigms
  • CISC 471Computational Biology
  • CISC 472Medical Informatics
  • CISC 497Social, Ethical and Legal Issues in Computing
  • One of the following 2 courses:
    • CISC 499Advanced Undergraduate Project
    • CISC 500/6.0Advanced 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 a Computing Major, but will not need to specify Biomedical Computation.

More Info

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

For information about our Biomedical Computing Subject of Specification, click here.