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Undergraduate Programs

Difference Between Options and Specializations

The School of Computing offers a number of programs spanning multiple disciplines; there's certain to be one that engages you and your interests. There are two main configurations:

Computing Major Computer Science Specialization Other Specializations
Can be combined with a Minor Yes No No
Option appears on diploma No No -
Specialization appears on diploma - Yes Yes
CIPS accredited No Yes Software Design only
Results in Bachelor of Computing Yes Yes Yes, except for Computing and the Creative Arts

Computing Major With Option

Artificial Intelligence

Learn how the human mind works and develop computational algorithms to create machine intelligence

Biomedical Computation

Combine the problem-solving capabilities of computer science with the most advanced techniques of the life sciences

Data Analytics

Understand complex systems by building computational models that are consistent with observed data

Fundamental Computation

Explore the science and the principles that underlie all of computing

Game Development

Contribute to entertainment, social interaction, education, and artistic expression

Security

Protect computers and the information they contain from major disruption or theft

Specializations

Biomedical Computing

Prepare for careers in medicine and medical research with courses such as Computer-Integrated Surgery, Computational Biology, Biochemistry and Physiology

Cognitive Science

Draw from the principles of psychology, philosophy, linguistics, neuroscience and computing to explore the science of the mind and thought

Computer Science

Develop skills for careers in the technology industry and beyond, from software developer to information architect to database administrator

Computing and the Creative Arts

Work in the entertainment industry, in multimedia design and in developing the next generation of software for the Arts

Computing, Mathematics and Analytics

Apply this potent combination in areas that require mathematical expertise, such as communications and security

Software Design

Become a software architect, developer and entrepreneur who drives the software revolution

Certificates

Certificates are mini-credentials that appear on your official transcript.

  • Certificates offered by the School of Computing are meant for non-Computing students.
  • They are not a degree. Students looking for a Computing degree must still enrol in either the Computing Major or a Specialization.
  • They typically consist of about 5 courses.
    • Two of these electives/option courses (i.e., 6.0 units) can be used towards your degree requirements.
  • They are a great way to set you apart from your competition when it comes to applying for jobs.

A complete list of certificates offered by the University can be found in the Certificates section of the Academic Calendar.

Data Analytics

Play a positive role in shaping the way people make important decisions based on the presentation of data

Minor Programs

Knowledge of computing provides a distinct advantage in any career. The Minor programs in Arts and Science allow students to obtain a personalized degree. You can combine a Computing - Minor (Science) or a Computing - Minor (Arts) with a Major in any other subject in the Arts or the Sciences.

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