Queen's School of Computing

A Computing major in Fundamental Computation 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 Fundamental Computation Focus of the Computing Major and Computer Science Specialization. (Note: there are additional requirements for the Computer Science Specialization.) 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 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).
  • CISC 324 Operating Systems
  • One of the following 2 courses:
    • CISC 322 Software Architecture
    • CISC 326 Game Architecture
  • CISC 360 Programming Paradigms
  • CISC 365 Algorithms I
  • 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
    • CISC 467 Fuzzy Logic
  • CISC 497 Social, Ethical and Legal Issues in Computing
  • 15.0 units from:
    • Any CISC, COGS, COCA, or SOFT
    • COMM 365 Advanced Business Decision Modeling
    • ELEC 470 Computer System Architecture
    • ELEC 471 Computer Networks I
    • ELEC 476 System Simulation
    • ELEC 478 Computer Networks II
    • MATH 272 Applications of Numerical Methods
    • MATH 337 Introduction to Operations Research Models
    • MATH 401 Graph Theory
    • MATH 402 Enumerative Combinatorics
    • MATH 434 Optimization Theory and Applications
    • MATH 474 Information Theory
    • with 6.0 units at 400-level or above, 6.0 units at 300-level or above, and 3.0 units at 200-level or above.
  • One of the following project courses:
    • CISC 499 Advanced Undergraduate Project
    • CISC 500/6.0 Advanced Research Project
    • CISC 496 Game Development 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 first year, students must declare that they are entering a Computing Major, but will not need to specify Fundamental Computation.

More Info

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

For information about our Computer Science Subject of Specialization, click here.