Computer science (data centric computing)

Department: Computer Science Faculty: Science Campus: St. John's
Co-op available: Yes Length: Four years
University Calendar: Computer science
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Data is essential in today’s industries, science and government, and data scientists are in high demand. Data plays a vital role in decision making in many areas such as social sciences, business, biomedical science, and government policy. Our data centric computing stream will prepare students to deal with data at every step of the data processing cycle to transform data into useful information.

Admission requirements

New Memorial students

Intake: Fall, winter or spring semesters
Application deadline: Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by: March 1 for fall admission, Oct. 1 for winter admission and Feb. 1 for spring admission

You may apply for admission into the Faculty Science by indicating bachelor of science as your program choice on the undergraduate application for admission.

Direct entry into the Faculty of Science from high school is subject to meeting the general admission requirements for Memorial University, including appropriate courses in mathematics and a laboratory science for bachelor of science.

You cannot choose computer science (data centric computing) as your major at the time of application.

Sample first year

Admission into the computer science (data centric computing) major requires the completion of university level courses. Wondering what courses you should take in your first year? Check out a sample program of suggested courses you need to complete before applying for the computer science (data centric computing) major.

Admission to the major for current students

Intake: Fall or winter semesters
Application deadline: June 1 for fall admission and Oct. 1 for winter admission. Further details available below.

Entry into the computer science (data centric computing) major is competitive and selective. Selection is based on academic performance, normally cumulative average and performance in recent courses.

To be eligible for admission to the computer science (data centric computing) major, you must complete 24 credit hours (8 courses), including the following:

  • Computer Science 1001 and 1002
  • six credit hours in critical reading and writing (CRW) courses, including at least three credit hours in English courses
  • Mathematics 1000 and 1001 (or 1090 and 1000)
  • six credit hours in other courses

You must also have a mean grade of at least 65% in Computer Science 1001 and 1002.

Students who fulfill the eligibility requirements compete for a limited number of available spaces.

Students who wish to major in computer science must submit a completed online application form on the Department of Computer Science website. The application form is available from Feb. 1 to June 1 for students applying for fall admission, and from Aug. 1 to Oct. 1 for students applying for winter admission.

Sample courses beyond first year

COMP 3202 - Introduction to Machine Learning
COMP 3401 - Introduction to Data Mining
COMP 4304 - Data Visualization

The Department of Computer Science has a full list of undergraduate courses on their website.

Career opportunities

A bachelor of science degree, with a major in data centric computing, prepares students for a variety of careers including:

  • data analyst
  • business analyst
  • data mining specialist
  • database administrator

Note: some of these careers may call for supplementary education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential learning or professional courses and exams.