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Bachelor of Computer Information Systems

Welcome to the Faculty of Science & Technology at Mount Royal University!

Congratulations on your admission to the Computer Information Systems Degree! As a student at Mount Royal, you will be able to open doors to a wide range of learning and career opportunities.

If you are eager to register in your courses, below are the recommended first year courses for each major. However, the rest of the information on this page is equally important, so please continue to read, and click on each bullet for more information about that topic.

All core courses must be taken in the sequence shown. For information on how to choose your Gen Ed courses, please see your advisor. For course descriptions, please follow this link to the Academic Calendar.

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. - Dec.
Choose all of the following four:

1. COMP 1501 - Programming I: Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming
2. General Education Requirement Cluster 4, Foundation (GNED 1401 is recommended) and it is a pre-requisite for MGMT 3210
3. General Education Requirement Cluster 1, Foundation
4. Choose one of the following three:
» HRES 2170 - Introduction to Human Resources
» MGMT 2130 - Management Principles and Practices
» MKTG 2150 - Introduction to Marketing
5. General Education Requirement Cluster 2 or 3, Foundation

Year One, Semester 2 [Winter], Jan. - Apr.
Choose all of the following four:

» COMP 1502 - Programming II: Object Oriented Programming
» COMP 2511 - Web I: Client Development
» MATH 1505 - Puzzling Adventures in Mathematics
» MGMT 3210 - Business Communications Theory and Practice
Choose one of the following three:
» HRES 2170 - Introduction to Human Resources
» MGMT 2130 - Management Principles and Practices
» MKTG 2150 - Introduction to Marketing

26 courses
Each baccalaureate degree has a major (core program requirements). The number of courses required for each major varies.
General Education
10 courses
You choose your Gen Ed courses from four clusters:
- numeracy and scientific literacy,
- values, beliefs and identity,
- community and society, and
- communication.
4 courses
You are also required to take a certain number of electives for your degree. An elective is any course that does not fulfill either a Major or General Education requirement. There are hundreds of courses to choose from depending on your program.



A great education doesn't just make you an expert in one area - it gives you a well-rounded knowledge base in a variety of areas. That is why all of Mount Royal's new baccalaureate degree and diploma programs will include General Education, a collection of courses in a range of subjects that will complement studies in your chosen field.Foundation

As you start your studies, you take a total of four Gen Ed foundation courses. Choose one from each cluster.

Cluster 1: Numeracy and Scientific Literacy
» Take one of: GNED 1101, GNED 1102 or GNED 1103 within your first 10 courses.

Cluster 2: Values, Beliefs and Identity
» Take one of: GNED 1201, GNED 1202 or GNED 1203 within your first 20 courses.

Cluster 3: Community and Society
» Take one of: GNED 1301, GNED 1303 or GNED 1304 within your first 20 courses.

Cluster 4: Communication
» Take one of: GNED 1401, GNED 1403 or GNED 1404 within your first 10 courses.

Tier 2As you progress through your degree, choose three Gen Ed courses from a wider variety of courses

You will take:
» one Tier 2 course from Cluster 1 and two more and
» two Tier 2 courses from two of the following: cluster 2, 3, or 4.

Tier 3You must take three Tier 3 courses. These three courses must be from at least two different clusters.

You could take:

» two Tier 3 courses from one cluster and one Tier 3 course from a second cluster (Total: 3); or
» three Tier 3 courses each from a different cluster (Total: 3).


It is your responsibility to register in your courses and ensure that the courses you select meet the program and graduation requirements as outlined in the information above.

Use the online Academic Calendar to explore possible courses of interest and to check that you meet prerequisites. You will register for courses using the registration system found in, Register & Pay tab.

Resource site for registration help you solve your registration issues:


mruGradU8 is a program audit system and advising tool designed to assist you in reviewing your academic history, identifying requirements you completed and those that are still needed for graduation. As you move through your degree, mruGradU8 will become a great planning tool for you to measure your progress.

You will login to mruGradU8 through your account, under the 'My Program' tab. When you click on the icon or follow the link, your audit will open.

In order to ensure that your curriculum is current, please click the 'Process New' tab at the top of the audit every time that you login to mruGradU8.

The information in your audit is separated into three sections:

  • Core and/or Major Requirements
  • General Education (GNED) Requirements
  • Electives
  • If you declare a minor, which is optional, this will be added to the bottom of your audit.

Each semester, information about your course registration will be added to your audit so you can see which courses you register in and which ones you complete. This will be a great tool for you and your advisor to use to ensure that the courses you are taking will meet graduation requirements for your program.

Please visit this page for more information about mruGradU8, including frequently asked questions.

Your academic advisor is here to support you with the start of your BCIS degree. For any questions or concerns regarding core courses, General Education or electives, please contact Shoba Ittyipe at or 403.440.6787.

You may find some useful information to help you on the blog that is maintained by your academic advisor.