Almost any endeavour - whether business, industry or science - needs computer support if it hopes to stay competitive. In fact, many endeavours in these areas are fundamentally if not entirely computer science. No wonder those who design, implement and maintain computer systems are in demand. From solving end-user problems to developing new strategies for increasing the capacity of a system to studying the nature of intelligence or vision, they have the skills the world depends on.
The successful completion of this four-year program leads to a Bachelor
of Science degree in Computer Science. Graduates of this program
are highly effective and independent computing professionals, capable
of working in a wide variety of technical and managerial roles immediately
upon graduation. Alternatively, many of our graduates have gone on
to complete higher-level degrees at universities in Canada and abroad.
The program's careful mix of theory and practice provides our students
with a solid background in the core areas of computer science including
networking, software engineering, and robotics. This program produces
effective computer science professionals who are qualified and in
(approximately 20 hours per week): Computer Science I & II,
Introduction to C & UNIX, Calculus I & II, Discrete Mathematics
I & II, Physics, Liberal Studies (two selections).
In years one and two, you will learn the basics of programming, software
engineering, data structures, operating systems and computer architecture.
At the same time you will build a firm foundation for problem solving
by taking courses in calculus, linear algebra, discrete mathematics,
probability, physics, communication, management and liberal studies.
In years three and four, you will study database systems, data communications,
artificial intelligence, parsing, algorithms, computer security,
and comparison of programming languages. You will also choose from
a wide range of computer science electives in areas such as operating
systems, software engineering, networks, compiler design, graphics,
human-computer interaction, web applications, artificial intelligence,
robotics and research (thesis). Your communication skills
and background knowledge will be enhanced by four upper-level liberal
studies courses and one or two selections from engineering, business
or science. You will further your mathematical development with one
to three courses from a broad list including statistics, number theory,
graph theory, geometry and computability. You may also choose to
minor in mathematics.
Throughout their coursework, Ryerson Computer Science students are
required to write many practical applications in their assignments.
Some courses require the students to do requirements engineering
and design and implementation of a large information systems project.
The optional thesis course typically requires planning and implementing
a significant software system. Many courses have associated labs
where students work on practical problems under the supervision of
teaching assistants and/or instructors. The computer labs contain
about 300 computers and are available 24-7 with Ryerson One-card
You'll have the opportunity to apply your newfound expertise to
real-life problems in an optional co-op program where you gain valuable
work experience and earn a salary. Consisting of five co-op terms
integrated into the regular curriculum, the co-op program adds one
year to the length of the program.
As a graduate, you'll have the professional flexibility to work in
a wide range of computing environments. You may work for the civil
service, manufacturers, banks, utilities, computer service and insurance
companies, and consulting firms. Some typical starting positions
include applications programmer, support programmer/ analyst, and
database administrator. You may choose to enter graduate school or
start your own consulting business.