Learn how to use and improve computers while you explore topics such as databases and operating systems, software engineering, security, web development, and numerical methodology. You’ll also learn about specialty areas such as computational intelligence, bioinformatics, and computer graphics and animation.
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- Campus: Okanagan
- Faculty: Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
- Degree: Bachelor of Science
- Length 4 yrs
You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
You can study intense specialization in a single field.
In the Bachelor of Science Computer Science program on UBC’s Okanagan campus, you’ll learn how to use and improve computers. Explore everything from the basics of computing, including data structures, databases, operating systems, software engineering, and numerical methods, to specialized areas, such as computational intelligence, bioinformatics, computer graphics, and computer animation.
Experiential learning and research
- Develop software for an actual client as part of a student team on the Capstone Software Engineering Project.
- Help maintain a large software system, conduct supervised readings, and complete independent research projects with directed studies.
- Engage in self-directed, collaborative studies in a group learning environment as part of a student-directed seminar.
- Dive into an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty member with an honours thesis.
- Pursue innovative and original research with an Irving K. Barber School Undergraduate Research Award.
- Take part in the Irving K. Barber School’s annual Undergraduate Research Conference, which showcases student research projects.
As a Computer Science graduate, you can go on to a career in software engineering, systems analysis, technical writing, web development, research, programming, or software testing.
"I’ve had the opportunity to work with a non-profit organization in redesigning their website and a video game company with developing new mobile games, and I am currently partnered with the City of Kelowna in researching more environmentally sustainable irrigation practices for city parks!"Ryan Trenholm, Computer Science Read the full story
English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.
General admission requirements
- Completion of the IB Diploma with competitive scores, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
- Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3 in IB English A [SL or HL], or you are taking English B [SL or HL], you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)
Degree-specific requirements: Science
- IB Mathematics minimum grade of 3, excluding IB Math Studies*
- IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics
- Grade 11/junior-level Chemistry
- Grade 11/junior-level Physics is strongly recommended
* If your intended start year is 2021: IB Math Analysis and Approaches SL, IB Math Analysis and Approaches HL, or IB Math Applications and Interpretations HL. IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL will not satisfy the requirement.
The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.
- Language Arts
- Mathematics and Computation