Computer Science (BSc Program)

David Casperson, Assistant Professor and Chair
Liang Chen, Professor
Waqar Haque, Professor
Saif Zahir, Professor
Alex Aravind, Associate Professor
Jernej Polajnar, Associate Professor
Desanka Polajnar, Adjunct Professor
Andreas Hirt, Adjunct Professor
Allan Kranz, Senior Lab Instructor

Website:  http://www.unbc.ca/computerscience

The Computer Science program gives students a thorough exposure to basic areas like computer architecture, programming languages and methodology, algorithms and data structures, systems programming, operating systems and networking, knowledge-based and database systems, software engineering, and theory. The student will develop the advanced practical computing and problem-solving skills required for professional work in modern industry, based on a strong conceptual foundation and on insights into the nature of this rapidly changing field. Each student will use advanced development tools, and will be encouraged to approach problem-solving from a multidisciplinary point of view. The program emphasizes direct co-operation with industry. Website: http://www.unbc.ca/computerscience

Major in Computer Science

A major in Computer Science requires at least 20 Computer Science courses and at least 61 credit hours in Computer Science, at least 27 credit hours of which must be upper-division courses, and of those upper-division credits, at least 12 must be taken at the 400 level. MATH 335-3 and STAT 371-3 can count towards this requirement.

The following courses may not be used for credit towards a Computer Science major or joint major:

MATH 150-3

 Finite Mathematics for Business and Economics

MATH 342-3

 Biostatistics


The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Science with a major in Computer Science is 120 credit hours.

Program Requirements

*Note:  Unless otherwise specified, students enrolling in any Computer Science or Mathematics course with prerequisites are required to have completed all prerequisite courses for that course with a C- or better, or have permission to enrol from the Program Chair.

Lower Division Requirement

100 Level

CPSC 100-4

Computer Programming I

CPSC 101-4

Computer Programming II

CPSC 141-3

Discrete Computational Mathematics

ENGL 170-3

Writing and Communication Skills

     or ENGL 270-3

Expository Writing

MATH 100-3

Calculus I

     or MATH 105-3

Enriched Calculus


*Note:  MATH 101-3 Calculus II is strongly recommended.

200 Level

CPSC 200-3

Algorithm Analysis and Development

CPSC 222-3

Introduction to Concurrent and Distributed Programming

CPSC 230-4

Introduction to Logic Design

CPSC 231-4

Computer Organization and Architecture

CPSC 242-3

Mathematical Topics for Computer Science

CPSC 260-3

Ethics in Computing Science

CPSC 281-3

Data Structures I

MATH 220-3

Linear Algebra


General Science Requirement

Students must take two courses from the following list of science courses. It is recommended that computer science majors take PHYS 110-4 and PHYS 111-4. However, students may take any two courses from the following list, according to their interests, to fulfill the general science requirement:

PHYS 110-4

Introductory Physics I: Mechanics

PHYS 111-4

Introductory Physics II: Waves and Electricity

PHYS 100-4

Introduction to Physics I

PHYS 101-4

Introduction to Physics II

CHEM 100-3

General Chemistry I

CHEM 101-3

General Chemistry II

BIOL 103-3

Introductory Biology I

BIOL 104-3

Introductory Biology II

PSYC 101-3

Psychology as a Science

ENVS 101-3

Introduction to Environmental Citizenship

GEOG 204-3

Introduction to GIS for the Social Sciences

GEOG 205-3

Cartography and Geomatics

GEOG 210-3

Geomorphology


*Note:  In some special cases other science courses approved by the Chair of Computer Science may be used to satisfy this requirement.

Upper Division Requirement

Computer Science Breadth

CPSC 300-3

Software Engineering I

CPSC 320-3

Programming Languages

CPSC 321-3

Operating Systems

CPSC 324-3

Introduction to Database Systems

CPSC 340-3

Theory of Computation

CPSC 344-3

Data Communications and Networking

     or CPSC 444-3

Computer Networks


*Note:  STAT 371-3 Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers is strongly recommended.

400 Level

At least 12 credit hours of Computer Science courses must be taken at the 400 level, and at least nine of these credit hours must be outside the seminar, project course (other than CPSC 400-3), research course, or special topics course category.

Alternate courses may be substituted for the above with the written permission of the Program Chair and Dean of the College.

Subject Requirement

Six additional credit hours chosen from the following:

Computer Science at any level

MATH 335-3

Numerical Analysis I

STAT 371-3

Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers

Elective  and Academic Breadth Requirement

Elective credit hours as necessary to ensure completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours, including any additional credits necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15). A total of 45 credit hours in upper-division (300- and 400-level) courses from any discipline are required for graduation.

BSc Honours - Computer Science

Entry to the Computer Science Honours Program takes place after completion of 60 credit hours and requires a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.33 over the previous 30 credit hours, and the permission of the Department Chair. Candidates are required to consult with their Student Advisor prior to entry to the program. Attaining the minimum requirement does not guarantee entry to the Honours Program, which is at the discretion of the Department and depends on the availability of a supervisor. Faculty members are under no obligation to supervise Honours students. To remain in the Honours Program requires the maintenance of a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.33.

To be awarded the BSc Honours degree students will

  • complete 120 credits hours required for a BSc in Computer Science

  • complete an additional 6 credit hours of CPSC 491-3 and an undergraduate thesis under the supervision of a faculty member

  • complete STAT 371-3


Joint Major in Chemistry/Computer Science

See Calendar entry under Chemistry.

Joint Major in Computer Science/Mathematics

The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Science with a Joint Major in Computer Science and Mathematics is 123 credit hours.

MATH 342-3 (Biostatistics) may not be used for credit towards any Mathematics or Computer Science major, minor, or joint major.

MATH 150-3 (Finite Mathematics for Business and Economics) may not be used for credit towards any Mathematics or Computer Science major or joint major.

Program Requirements

Literacy Requirement

One of:

ENGL 170-3

Writing and Communication Skills

ENGL 270-3

Expository Writing


Lower Division Requirement

CPSC 100-4

Computer Programming I

CPSC 101-4

Computer Programming II

CPSC 141-3

Discrete Computational Mathematics

CPSC 242-3

Mathematical Topics for computer Science

CPSC 200-3

Algorithm Analysis and Development

CPSC 230-4

Introduction to Logic Design

CPSC 231-4

Computer Organization and Architecture

CPSC 281-3

Data Structures I

MATH 100-3

Calculus I

     or MATH 105-3

Enriched Calculus

MATH 101-3

Calculus II

MATH 200-3

Calculus III

MATH 201-3

Introduction to Complex Analysis

MATH 220-3

Linear Algebra

MATH 224-3

Foundations of Modern Mathematics

MATH 230-3

Linear Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems


General Science Requirement

Two of:

BIOL 103-3

   and BIOL 123-1

Introductory Biology I

Introductory Biology I Laboratory

BIOL 104-3

   and BIOL 124-1

Introductory Biology II

Introductory Biology II Laboratory

CHEM 100-3

General Chemistry I

and CHEM 120-1

General Chemistry Lab I

CHEM 101-3

General Chemistry II

and CHEM 121-1

General Chemistry Lab II

PHYS 100-4

Introduction to Physics I

     or PHYS 110-4*

Introductory Physics I:

PHYS 111-4*

Introductory Physics II: Waves and Electricity


*Note:  PHYS 110-4 (Introductory Physics I: Mechanics) and PHYS 111-4 (Introductory Physics II: Waves and Electricity) are strongly recommended for all majors.

Upper Division Requirement

CPSC 320-3

Programming Languages

CPSC 321-3

Operating Systems

CPSC 370-3

Functional and Logic Programming


**Six credit hours of 300- or 400-level Computer Science.
Six credit hours of 400-level Computer Science (excluding seminar, project, and special topics courses).

MATH 320-3

Survey of Algebra

MATH 326-3

Advanced Linear Algebra

MATH 335-3

Numerical Analysis I

STAT 371-3

Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers


**Three credit hours of 300- or 400-level Mathematics.
Six credit hours of 400-level Mathematics.

**Note: Three of these 9 credit hours must be at the 400 level so that the total number of Computer Science and Mathematics credit hours at the 400 level is at least 15.

Note:   CPSC 340-3 (Theory of Computation) is recommended.

Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement

Elective credit hours as necessary to ensure completion of a minimum of 123 credit hours, including any additional credits necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15).

Joint Major in Computer Science/Physics

The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Science with a Joint Major in Computer Science and Physics is 127 credit hours.

MATH 342-3 (Biostatistics) may not be used for credit towards any Mathematics or Computer Science major, minor, or joint major.

MATH 150-3 (Finite Mathematics for Business andEconomics) may not be used for credit towards any Mathematics or Computer Science major or joint major.

PHYS 307-3 (Selected Topics in Environmental Physics) may not be used as Physics credit toward any Physics major, minor, or joint major.

Program Requirements

Literacy Requirement

One of:

ENGL 170-3

Writing and Communication Skills

ENGL 270-3

Expository Writing


Lower Division Requirement

CPSC 100-4

Computer Programming I

CPSC 101-4

Computer Programming II

CPSC 141-3

Discrete Computational Mathematics

CPSC 242-3

Mathematical Topics for Computer Science

CPSC 200-3

Algorithm Analysis and Development

CPSC 231-4

Computer Organization and Architecture

CPSC 281-3

Data Structures I

MATH 100-3

Calculus I

     or MATH 105-3

Enriched Calculus

MATH 101-3

Calculus II

MATH 200-3

Calculus III

MATH 220-3

Linear Algebra

MATH 230-3

Linear Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems

PHYS 110-4

Introductory Physics I: Mechanics

PHYS 111-4

Introductory Physics II: Waves and Electricity

PHYS 200-3

Thermal Physics

PHYS 202-4

Electromagnetism and Optics

PHYS 205-3

Modern Physics I


Upper Division Requirement

CPSC 320-3

Programming Languages

CPSC 321-3

Operating Systems

CPSC 370-3

Functional and Logic Programming


*Six credit hours of 300- or 400-level Computer Science.
Six credit hours of 400-level Computer Science (excluding seminar, project, and special topics courses).

MATH 335-3

Numerical Analysis I

MATH 336-3

Intermediate Differential Equations 

STAT 371-3

Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers

PHYS 300-3

Classical Mechanics

PHYS 302-3

Quantum Mechanics I

PHYS 305-4

Electronics [which must be taken before CPSC 231-4 (Computer Organization and Architecture)]

PHYS 404-3

Solid State Physics


*Three credit hours of 300- or 400-level Physics.
Six credit hours of 400-level Physics (excluding seminar, project, and special topics courses).
*Three of these nine credit hours must be at the 400 level so that a minimum of 15 credit hours of 400-level Computer Science and Physics are completed.

Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement

Elective credit hours as necessary to ensure completion of a minimum of 127 credit hour, including any additional credits necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15).

Minor in Computing

The Minor in Computing requires the following 29 credit hours of courses:

Requirements

CPSC 100-4

Computer Programming I

CPSC 101-4

Computer Programming II

CPSC 141-3

Discrete Computational Mathematics

CPSC 200-3

Algorithm Analysis and Development

CPSC 281-3

Data Structures I

CPSC 300-3

Software Engineering

CPSC 324-3

Introduction to Database Systems

CPSC 344-3

Data Communications and Networking

  

One additional upper-division Computer Science course**

** MATH 335-3 (Numerical Analysis I) may be used to meet this requirement.