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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE – Computer Science – Frequently Asked Questions

The following are answers to some of the most common questions about the new Bachelor of Science (Bachelor of Science ) – Computer Science major at Mount Royal.

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Mount Royal’s new Bachelor of Science – Computer Science major

1. What does the new Bachelor of Science – Computer Science major offer?

Mount Royal has launched a new four-year Bachelor of Science – Computer Science major to start in Fall 2020.

The curriculum has been designed to ensure students have the critical knowledge, theoretical understanding and practical skills to meet the needs of employers in the 21st century.

Mount Royal's Computer Science major will allow you to pursue a concentrated study of computer science, along with another discipline (the “Computational X” model). Students will study the foundations of computing as well as a complementary study in another discipline, such as  biology, geographic information systems, mathematics, or chemistry.

The program consists of introductory and advanced courses in the main areas of computing (mathematics, programming, computing theory, operating systems, and networking. There are also required and optional courses on databases, human computer interaction, artificial intelligence, and opportunities for independent study. 

The curriculum for the new Computer Science major consists of the following:

  • 16  core courses in Mathematics and Computing.
  • 6 Option courses
  • 4 Focus area courses (biology, chemistry, GIS, geology, mathematics)
  • 10 General Education courses
  • 4 electives

Students will learn in a variety of settings: classroom lectures and tutorials, along with hands-on experiential labs. 

In addition students will complete a work integrated learning component which can be a four month work term.

Online applications are now open for Mount Royal’s new Bachelor of Science – Computer Science major. 

 

2. Will any current majors have a suspended admission intake?

Yes, as a result of the implementation of the Computer Science major, the admission intake will be suspended for the Bachelor of Science – Computer Science – University Transfer Science program effective Fall 2020 Semester.

 

3. When does the Bachelor of Science – Computer Science major start? When can I apply?

The new major will begin in the Fall 2020 Semester (September 2020).

The application period is open now (October 1, 2019). Admission is competitive and applicants with higher admission averages will be considered first. The application will remain open until Mount Royal has received applications from a sufficient number of qualified applicants and the program is declared full.

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4. What specific courses are required for admission into the Bachelor of Science – Computer Science?

All applicants must meet both the MRU general admission requirements and any program specific requirements. The new Bachelor of Science – Computer Science major will have different admission course requirements than the other Bachelor of Science majors as follows:

English Language Arts 30-1 – 60%

Mathematics 30 – 1 65%

These are the course requirements with minimum grades only; admission is competitive and all MRU general admission requirements must be met.

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5. Will the new Bachelor of Science – Computer Science be recognized by universities across Canada if I wish to pursue graduate or professional studies?

Yes. As a member of Universities Canada (UC), Mount Royal degrees are recognized by all universities in Canada. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science – Computer Science major will be prepared for advanced studies in graduate school in computer science or a closely related field.

 

Information for prospective Mount Royal Bachelor of Science – Computer Science students

1. Can I apply to the Bachelor of Science – Computer Science major for Fall 2020?

The application period is open now (Oct. 1, 2019). Admission is competitive and applicants with higher admission averages will be considered first. The application will remain open until Mount Royal has received applications from a sufficient number of qualified applicants and the program is declared full.

Visit Admission to read more about Mount Royal admission requirements and to apply online.

2. What are the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science – Computer Science?

All applicants must meet both the MRU general admission requirements and any program specific requirements. The new Bachelor of Science – Computer Science major will have different admission requirements than the other Bachelor of Science majors as follows:

English Language Arts 30-1 – 60%

Mathematics 30 – 1 65%

These are the course requirements with minimum grades only; admission is competitive and all MRU general admission requirements must be met.

Visit Admission to read more about Mount Royal admission requirements and to apply online.

3. What will the new Bachelor of Science – Computer Science cost?

Tuition and fees for a full course load (5 courses per semester for one full academic year — September – April) is approximately $6,600 for the 2019 - 2020 academic year, and the cost of books and supplies is estimated at $1,500 for the first year of this program. Students will also pay a program fee of $250 per semester for full-time students (3 courses, minimum 9 credits) or $165 per semester for part-time students (fewer than 3 courses, 0 – 8 credits).

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4. Are scholarships and financial aid available?

Yes. A variety of student awards and financial aid [link to matroyal.ca/moneymatters] opportunities are available to students who qualify.

5. Does Mount Royal have on-campus housing?

Yes. Living in residence (mtroyal.ca/residence) at Mount Royal is a convenient way to get the most out of your post-secondary education. Units are fully furnished and situated minutes away from a wide range of Mount Royal facilities and services. New students are guaranteed a room in residence if you apply and pay your application fee and security deposit by June 15, 2020.

Information for continuing students in other Bachelor of Science majors

1. If I transfer into the Bachelor of Science – Computer Science, when could I complete the degree?

Beginning in Fall 2020, courses for year one, two and three of the computer science major will be offered. Fourth-year courses will be available starting 2021/2022. Therefore, the earliest graduation date for Bachelor of Science – Computer Science students is in April 2022.

Current students in the Computer Science university transfer program will be able to continue in their program, however information on transferring into Mount Royal's new Bachelor of Science – Computer Science major will be shared once details are finalized.

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a Science and Technology Academic Advisor (scitechadvising@mtroyal.ca or 403.440.7220) to ensure appropriate course selection and timely completion of requirements for graduation.