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Hone your information technology (IT) skills with the Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems Major (BSc-CIS). This program will build the skills you need to develop and run computer-based systems in business, education, and other fields that process, use and manage information.
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The knowledge and skills acquired in the BSc-CIS will help you utilize new IT and incorporate it into your organization's strategy, planning and practices. You will be well equipped for managing departmental and individual IT systems.
Finish this program in as little as 2 years (post-diploma route) or 4 years (degree route) of full-time study. Or work at your own pace and take as long as you need. There is no time limit for completion.
Athabasca University’s BSc-CIS curriculum balances the two broad areas of Computing and Information Systems:
You will also be ready for graduate studies at AU and other universities.
The Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems is equivalent to a 4-year degree program. There are no set start dates – you can enrol at any time and register for courses right away.
For students in the BSc program wishing to combine two majors, all requirements of both majors must be fulfilled. The choice of major may restrict course selection or require the completion of more than 120 credits.
You have the option of combining the Bachelor of Science – Computing and Information Systems Major with minors. This way you will be able to enhance your studies with another subject that may interest you. Students can select from the following minors:
The BSc-CIS program also gives you the opportunity to shape your program further by being able to select the senior level Computer Science elective courses. We have developed a guide to help you select courses if you want to specialize in a certain area(s) of computing.
The post-diploma route is an option if you wish to pursue a university degree to further your academic studies.
If you hold a two or three-year science or computing related diploma from an accredited college you may receive a minimum block of 30 credits. Depending on the content of the diploma, up to a maximum of 60 credits may be transferred to the BSc-CIS PD program.
Students holding a computing-related diploma that is more than five years old from an approved college or technical institute may be admitted to the BSc-CIS PD program if a current resumé and letter from their supervisor/employer provide evidence of currency in the field since the diploma was awarded.
You can apply to AU online, anytime. Once you’ve completed the online application form and paid the one-time general application fee (and transfer credit evaluation fee, if applicable), you’re officially an AU student and can start registering in courses.
Make sure we get your transcripts if you want us to consider your previous post-secondary education for transfer credit.
Athabasca University may grant transfer credit for individual computer science courses that were completed more than five years ago and/or Science courses that are over ten years old if proof of currency in the field is provided in the form of a current resumé and letter(s) of employment. Other evidence may be accepted if the letter and the resumé cannot be supplied. Visit the Transfer Credit Services website for more information on transferring credit towards the BSc program.
To complete the program you will need to fulfil all the requirements of the Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems.
Courses – program plans
Contact your student support and program advisor to help you design your program to fit your interests and goals.
Once you have paid the initial application fee, tuition is pay-as-you-go for each course registration. Course fees vary depending on your location and other factors.
You can estimate your total program cost by multiplying the cost of a 3-credit course by the number of courses you need to take for the program. Remember that tuition costs may increase each year.
The successful student graduated from the program will be able to
In order to achieve these outcomes, students will
* Entrance requirements vary among educational institutions. It is the students’ responsibility to research the entrance requirements of other educational institutions.
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