Computer Science (Smart Systems)

Faculty: Science Campus: St. John's
Department: Computer Science Length: Four years 
Co-op available: Yes
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The Computer Science (Smart Systems) stream gives an overview of the growing body of algorithmic and mathematical techniques that have proven practical in allowing computer systems to deal with the complexities and uncertainties of both human beings and the real world.

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 cannot choose Computer Science as your major at the time of application to Memorial.

You may apply for admission into the Faculty of 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.

Sample first year

Admission into the computer science 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 major.

Admission to the major for current students

Intake: Fall or winter semesters
Application deadline: May 31 for fall admission and Aug. 31 for winter admission. Further details available below.

Entry into the computer science major is competitive and selective. Selection is based on students' cumulative average in all courses across all subjects.

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

  • Computer Science 1001 and 1002, a minimum of 65% in both courses is required
  • 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

There are a limited number of spaces available. There is no minimum average grade that can guarantee acceptance as it depends on the grades of others who apply, but it is likely to be at least an 'A' average (80 per cent or higher).

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 March 1 to May 31 for students applying for fall admission, and from Aug. 1 to Aug. 31 for students applying for winter admission. Further details can be found on Department of Computer Science website.

Career opportunities

A bachelor of science degree, with a major in Smart Systems, prepares students for a variety of careers including:

  • artificial intelligence developers
  • mobile computing developers
  • robotics programmers
  • IT specialists
  • software developers
  • web specialists

Our students work in national and international firms such as IBM, Apple, Microsoft, EA Games, as well as in the oil and gas sector and in local industry.

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.