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Computing Science

Computing Science


Bachelor's degree

4 years

Major, minor

How to apply

Start date:
September, May, January 

Abbotsford campusSome courses offered in Chilliwack



  • Co-op semester(s) provide paid work experience in your field of study
  • Emphasis on critical thinking and real-world problem solving to develop job-ready skills.
  • Program eligible for financial aid


UFV’s Bachelor of Science with a minor and major in Computing Science provides you with a strong foundation in advanced algorithms, mathematics, database management, data analysis, programming, and software design, while deepening your knowledge of pertinent topics such as privacy, security, hacking, ethics, big data processing, and machine learning.

Computing Science minor

Complete a Computer Science minor to complement your major field of study and develop a foundational set of skills in programming, object-oriented design, database management, data structures and algorithms, discrete mathematics and more.

View the Computing Science minor course outline in the UFV Academic Calendar

Computing Science major

In your first and second year as a Computing Science major, you build an essential foundation in the tools, techniques, and concepts of Computing Science, with courses covering topics such as programming, hardware and basic data structures, as well as foundational math classes, such as calculus and discrete mathematics.

In your third and fourth year, you can choose to focus your degree in one or more of three concentration areas:

  • Systems and Security
  • Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining
  • Programming Languages and Software

To earn a concentration in one of these specializations, you complete three courses in a dedicated area and a CIS 440 project on that topic.

To earn a Computing Science major, you need to fulfil the following requirements:

  • minimum of 43 credits in lower-level courses
  • minimum of 36 credits in upper-level courses

View Computing Science's program outline

Refer to the Bachelor of Science requirements for information on additional requirements.

Program delivery and curriculum

Lectures, labs, workshops and projects within the Computing Science program are delivered to you online, in-person, and in blended formats.

The UFV Computing Science curriculum is informed by up-to-date guidelines established by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the premier professional organizations of computer science, ensuring worldwide recognition, portability, and applicability.

Additional opportunities

Build credibility and on-the-job skills by opting for the Co-operative Education option. Combine study semesters with four-, eight, or twelve-month paid work terms, offered in regional, national, and global firms. Positions are available in all major/minor specialization areas and in varied industries. These opportunities provide you with valuable experience and boost your career prospects.

Computing Science versus Computer Information Systems

In addition to a Bachelor of Science with a major or minor in Computing Science, UFV also offers a certificate, diploma, and bachelor's degree in School of Computing.

The Bachelor of Computer Information Systems has more of an applied focus on using information systems, whereas the Computing Science program covers analysis and implementation of algorithms and has stronger theoretical and mathematical foundations.


A Bachelor of Science in Computing Science can open the door to a career in a setting where computational skills are at a premium, such as research labs and institutes, research and development firms, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, public health departments, medical equipment firms, manufacturing firms, scientific software companies, biotech companies, astronomical observatories, weather research stations, telecommunications companies, and more.

As reported by the CBC, BC's high-tech sector employs more people than those of mining, forestry, oil and gas combined. Graduates with skills in computing science are well-prepared for in-demand jobs in a variety of business, scientific, and social contexts, Including software development and testing, web development, data storage, processing and mining, network design, administration, safety and security, user interface design, multimedia development, mobile app development, and in silico research in science.


The entrance requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree will apply to the Computing Science program.

View entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar.

Declaring a Computing Science major

Students may formally declare a Computing Science major or minor if they meet all of the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 30 credits; 
  • a minimum 2.0 CGPA on all credits attempted;
  • Completion of the following Computing Science requirements:
    • COMP 125
    • COMP 150 with a minimum grade of C+
    • Math 111 with a minimum grade of C
    • Math 125

View Computing Science's program outline


This program is open for international students


Students who do not meet the entrance requirements can upgrade in order to meet prerequisites for university classes.

Make an appointment with an Upgrading and University Preparation advisor to discuss your upgrading needs.


  1. Develop and use computational tools to turn data into useful information.
  2. Analyze social, legal, and ethical implications of computing in modern society.
  3. Promote the ethical and responsible use of computing.
  4. Work individually or as part of a team to develp algorithms to solve difficult problems.
  5. Justify and explain the choice of a particular algorithmic solution by analyzing its correctness and efficiency.
  6. Apply knowledge of Computing Science tools, techniques, and concepts to new situations.
  7. Ensure the security of systems and data.
  8. Develop intelligent systems that are informed by data.
  9. Develop software systems according to best practices of design, programming, and documentation.


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