Academic Programs - Undergraduate

Computer Science

The innovations and discoveries made by computer scientists are transforming the way we learn, work, and live. As a computer scientist, you will be able to use your skills to impact and improve your field of interest, from to medical field to self-driving cars to automated farming.

You're not a user. You're a builder.

Two students work on 3D printing plans in Acadia's STEAMspace.

Acadia’s Jodrey School of Computer Science will help you move beyond being just a user of computers. You will learn how to design and implement computer systems that solve real-world problems.

We offer you an excellent experience during your university career. Our programs are accredited by the Canadian Information Technology Professionals Society (CIPS). This ensures that you will receive the best education possible. Small class sizes will provide you with a friendly learning environment. You will work closely with your professors.

You can choose from among the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Computer Science with Honours
  • Bachelor of Applied Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours in Computer Science

The Bachelor of Computer Science degree is a 4-year program meant to meet and exceed CIPS and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) standards for undergraduate programs. Our program provides a mix of the following:

  • computational theory
  • systems and architecture knowledge
  • problem solving
  • systems analysis
  • application development skills and experience

The degree requires that you complete all core courses with grades of C- or better and a PGPA of at least 2.0.

For the Bachelor of Applied Computer Science, we offer defined options in the following:

  • software development
  • game development
  • data analytics
  • mobile and ubiquitous computing
  • second major option
  • interdisciplinary study option

The BACS and BSc also offer options to take a second major or an interdisciplinary minor.

Our programs are designed for students who do not have any programming experience. If you do have programming experience, please let us know. We may be able to fast-track your first-year courses.

As you learn, you will also develop skills in interpersonal relations, communication, teamwork, project management, and entrepreneurship. Our second major and interdisciplinary study options allow you to combine computer science with other areas of science, arts and professional studies at Acadia.

Acadia’s award-winning co-op program allows you to work at leading software companies during your educational journey, helping you to earn money while you study. The co-op program boasts high placement rates at companies from across Canada.

First Year at a Glance

First semester

  • COMP 1113 and COMP 1110L
    Computer Programming 1, with Lab
  • MATH 1323
    Matrix Algebra
  • MATH 1013 and MATH 1010L
    Introductory Calculus 1, with Lab (optional for some BACS degrees)
  • ELECTIVE xxx3
    Your choice
  • ELECTIVE xxx3
    Your choice

Second semester

  • COMP 1123 and COMP 1120L
    Computer Programming 2, with Lab
  • MATH 1413
    Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 1023 and MATH 1020L
    Introductory Calculus 2, with Lab (optional for some BACS degrees)
  • ELECTIVE xxx3
    Your choice
  • ELECTIVE xxx3
    Your choice

Future Careers

  • Artificial intelligence / machine learning
  • Business analyst
  • Computer security specialist
  • Database administrator
  • Data scientist
  • Educator
  • Game developer
  • Mobile applications developer
  • Network administrator
  • Programmer
  • Researcher
  • Software developer
  • Software engineer
  • Systems analyst
  • Technology manager
 

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