Computer Science (BSc)

at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

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.

This program is also offered at UBC's Vancouver Campus
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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours Yes
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

In Computer Science, you learn how to use and improve computers, from the basics of computing, such as data structures, databases, operating systems, software engineering, and numerical methods, through to specialized areas, such as computational intelligence, bioinformatics, computer graphics, and computer animation. Computer Science graduates can go on to careers in software engineering, systems analysis, technical writing, web development, research, programming, and software testing.

Experiential learning and research

The Capstone Software Engineering Project allows you to develop software for an actual client as part of a student team. In addition, the computer science program offers directed studies, where you can take part in the maintenance of a large software system, conduct supervised readings, and complete independent research projects. The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences holds an annual undergraduate research conference on UBC’s Okanagan campus to showcase student research projects.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

UBC stories

"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

Program requirements

English-language requirements

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 a minimum score of 24 points, 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.

Degree-specific requirements: Science

  • Math (Standard or Higher Level) with a minimum grade of 3 (IB Math Studies is not accepted for programs requiring Math [Standard or Higher Level])
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics (Standard or Higher Level) (If you didn’t complete Biology, Chemistry, or Physics in the IB Diploma, you may meet this requirement by completing one year of this subject at the Grade 11, or junior level, under an international curriculum. Determine the level of study that satisfies this requirement)
  • Chemistry (at least one year)
  • Physics (at least one year) is strongly recommended
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