Overview

Computer Science is a key enabler for innovation and discovery in most fields. It encompasses both theory and practice; theoretical ideas about how information is represented and processed, and practical techniques for creating new software. The School offers computer science degree options including Honours, major, minor, specialization in video game programming, and co-operative education.

Mathematical and computational sciences are experiencing a “boom”. Everyone is collecting data, and they need people with the skills to manage, analyze, and extract useful information from the data. This is what mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists are trained to do. 

Employment prospects are among the highest of any field, and Honours graduates are well positioned to pursue graduate studies.

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Jeremy on the court

Jeremy Thompson recently combined his passions for sport and computer science, conducting research analyzing athletic movements.

Course Structure

Common Core

All degree programs in the School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences are built on a common core of courses that should be completed in the first two years of study. This common core consists of the following courses:

 

Course Course name Credits
MATH 1910 Single Variable Calculus I 4
MATH 1920 Single Variable Calculus II 4
MATH 2610 Linear Algebra I 3
STAT 1910 Intro to Probability and Statistics 3
CS 1910 Computer Science I 3
CS 1920 Computer Science II 3

One of:
UPEI 1010
UPEI 1020
UPEI 1030


Writing Studies
Inquiry Studies
University Studies

3
Total Semester Hours of Credit   23

Common Breadth Requirement

Students must take at least 15 semester hours of credit beyond the core course requirement in courses outside the School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences, and of these 15 semester hours of credit at least 6 must be from outside the Faculty of Science.

Common Advanced Courses

Students in all degree programs in the School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences must complete MCS 4210 Professional Communication and Practice (writing-intensive) and MCS 3050 Tutoring in Mathematical and Computational Sciences. 

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A student harnessing the power of a computer
Computer Science encompasses both theory and practice; theoretical ideas about how information is represented and processed, and practical techniques for creating new software.
Requirements for Honours In Computer Science

 

The Honours in Computer Science requires a total of 126 semester hours of credit, as described below.

 

  Credits
The Common Core 23
CS 1610 - Digital Systems 3
CS 2520 - Computer Organization and Architecture 3
CS 2910 - Computer Science III 3
CS 2920 - Data Structures and Algorithms 3
CS 2620 - Comparative Programming Languages 3
CS 2820 - Programming Practices 3
MATH 2420 - Combinatorics I 3
MATH 2910 - Multivariable Calculus 4
MCS 3320 - Theory of Computing 3
CS 3420 - Computer Communications 3
CS 3520 - Operating Systems 3
CS 3610 - Analysis and Design of Algorithms             3
CS 3620 - Software Design and Architecture 3
CS 3710 - Database Systems 3

At least one of: CS 4110 - Artificial Intelligence and Automated Reasoning OR CS 4120 - Machine Learning

3
CS 4810 - Software Engineering 3
MCS 4900 - Honours Research Project 6

Three electives in the Mathematical and Computational Sciences (at the 2000 level or higher)

9
MCS 3050 - Tutoring in Mathematical and Computational Sciences 1
MCS 4210 - Professional Communication and Practice             3
Additional general electives 35
Total Semester Hours of Credit     126

 

Requirements for a Major in Computer Science

 

The Major in Computer Science requires a total of 120 semester hours of credit, as described below.

  Credits
The Common Core 23
CS 1610 - Digital Systems 3
CS 2520 - Computer Organization and Architecture 3
CS 2910 - Computer Science III 3
CS 2920 - Data Structures and Algorithms 3
CS 2820 - Programming Practices 3
MATH 2420 - Combinatorics I 3
MCS 3320 - Theory of Computing 3
CS 3420 - Computer Communications         3
CS 3520 - Operating Systems 3
CS 3610 - Analysis and Design of Algorithms             3
CS 3620 - Software Design and Architecture 3
CS 3710 - Database Systems 3
CS 4810 - Software Engineering 3

One of:

CS 4820 - Software Systems Development Project
CS 4840 - Prototype Systems Development

6

Two electives in Mathematical and Computational Sciences
(at the 2000 level or higher)

6
MCS 3050 - Tutoring in Mathematical and Computational Sciences 1
MCS 4210 - Professional Communication and Practice             3
Additional general electives:
if CS 4820 is taken
OR if CS 4840 is taken

45
42
Total Semester Hours of Credit    

120

 

Requirements for a Major in Computer Science with a specialization in Video Game Programming

 

The Major in Computer Science with a specialization in Video Game Programming requires a total of 120 semester hours of credit, as described below.

 

  Credits
The Common Core 23
CS 1610 - Digital Systems 3

CS 3130 - Mobile Device Development – Android

3
CS 2520 - Computer Organization and Architecture 3
CS 2910 - Computer Science III 3
CS 2920 - Data Structures and Algorithms 3
CS 2620 - Comparative Programming Languages 3
CS 2820 - Programming Practices 3
MATH 2420 - Combinatorics I 3
MCS 2050 - C++ Technology Lab 1
CS 3110 - Video Game Design 3
MCS 3320 - Theory of Computing 3
CS 3420 - Computer Communications         3
CS 3520 - Operating Systems 3
CS 3610 - Analysis and Design of Algorithms 3
CS 3620 - Software Design and Architecture 3
CS 3710 - Database Systems 3
CS 4350 - Computer Graphics Programming 3
CS 4360 -  Advanced Computer Graphics Programming 3

At least two of: 

CS 4060 - Cloud Computing
CS 4120 - Machine Learning
CS 4440 - Data Science
OR CS 4610 - Wireless Sensor Networks

6
CS 4650 - Video Game Architecture 3
CS 4810 - Software Engineering 3
CS 4830 - Video Game Programming Project            6

One elective in the Mathematical and Computational Sciences (at the 2000 level or higher)

3
MCS 3050 - Tutoring in Mathematical and Computational Sciences 1
MCS 4210 - Professional Communication and Practice 3
Additional general electives 20
Total Semester Hours of Credit 120

 

Requirements for a Minor in Computer Science

 

Students may obtain a Minor in Computer Science by completing at least 21 semester hours of credit in Computer Science defined as follows:

 

CS 1910-1920 - Computer Science I & II  6
CS 2520 - Computer Organization and Architecture  3
CS 2920 - Data Structures and Algorithms  3

plus 3 semester hours of credit in Computer Science at the 3000 level or higher, and an additional 6 semester hours of credit in Computer Science at the 2000 level or higher

9
Total Semester Hours of Credit  21
 
Co-operative Education
Combining classroom studies with practical work experience

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The UPEI Co-op Program is an integrated approach to university education which enables students to alternate academic terms on campus with work terms in suitable employment. The success of such programs is founded on the principle that students are able to apply theoretical knowledge from course studies in the workplace and return to the classroom with practical workplace experience. 

Students accepted into the program, complete at least three 14-week paid work terms and three professional development courses.

The Co-op option is available to full-time students in any Mathematical and Computational Sciences Major or Honours program. Applications to the Co-op Education Program are normally made after completion of the first year of study.

Mathematical and Computational Sciences students must complete 126 semester hours of credit in order to graduate with the Co-op designation; students who successfully complete all the requirements of the program will have the notation entered on their transcripts and on the graduation parchment.

Visit the Co-operative Education Program website for more information.

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Admissions Criteria
What's required for science admission?

High School Graduates

Canadian High School Equivalency Chart

  • Grade 12 Academic English
  • Grade 12 Academic Mathematics
  • Two Grade 12 Academic Science subjects (acceptable subjects: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Computer Science, Oceanography, Animal Science, Environmental Science)
  • One additional Grade 12 Academic course

Please note: Successful completion of Grade 12 Chemistry (or equivalent) is required as a prerequisite for permission to register in CHEM-1110.

Please refer to the UPEI Academic Calendar for complete admissions information.

Fees and Funding
Faculty of Science Programs Tuition

UPEI's undergraduate tuition is the second-lowest in the Atlantic region, and we offer more than $5 million in scholarships and awards. 

Tuition

$6,270 per year, based on 30 credit hours ($627 per 3 credit course).
International students pay $7,320 per year in addition to full-time student tuition.

For a complete breakdown of part-time or full-time study as a student in the Faculty of Science, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Scholarships and Awards

UPEI supports you and your educational goals. We administer millions of dollars in scholarships and awards to our undergraduate and graduate students every year. Depending on your faculty or program, and year of study, you may be eligible for available awards.

Search the complete list of scholarships for information and application forms.  

Celebrating Student Achievement

Including Guaranteed Entrance Scholarships and Academic Excellence Awards, these awards recognize the academic achievements of all students who meet the eligibility criteria while studying towards their first undergraduate degree.

Visit the Scholarships site for complete information.

Faculty Members
Your mentors. Our professors.

UPEI has about 250 faculty—exceptional scholars, teachers, and mentors, with more being hired each year as we open new, progressive, and unique programs. But the story isn’t just in the numbers. It’s in the quality of our people. Award-winning faculty from around the globe have made UPEI home. Here, you’ll learn directly from these world-class professors and researchers in small classes where you’ll have easy access to them.

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