Computer science

Department: Computer Science Faculty: Science Campus: St. John's
Honours available: Yes Co-op available: Yes Length: Four years
University Calendar: Computer science
Prospective students: Fill out our student inquiry form to receive updates from Memorial. 

Computer science deals with the theoretical foundations of information and computation, and with practical techniques for their implementation and application.

Virtually every discipline – practical, theoretical or creative – is experiencing the influence of computers. The ever-increasing dependence on computer technology in our daily lives presents rich opportunities for those interested in the design of new applications and systems. Every career can benefit from a deeper understanding of computing. The technology skills a major in computer science helps develop will make you indispensable and relevant no matter your position.

Computer science at Memorial

We offer individual courses and full programs so any student can develop their computer skills and interest regardless of their career trajectory. Memorial’s Co-operative Internship in Computer Science (CICS) provides an opportunity for you to obtain rewarding placements in computer industries. The internship program includes a paid placement of eight to 16 months so you can explore career options and develop workplace skills at the same time.

We offer major, minor and honours programs leading to either a bachelor of arts (BA) or bachelor of science (B.Sc.) in computer science, as well as a B.Sc. honours program in computer science (software engineering). Joint programs are available in:

  • applied mathematics/computer science (B.Sc. major)
  • computer science/economics (B.Sc. major)
  • computer science/geography (B.Sc. major and honours)
  • computer science/physics (B.Sc. major and honours)
  • computer science/pure mathematics (B.Sc. major and honours)
  • computer science/statistics (B.Sc. major and honours)

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

If you're interested in completing computer science, apply for admission into the Faculty Science or the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences by indicating bachelor of science or bachelor of arts, respectively, as your program choice on the undergraduate application for admission.

Direct entry into the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 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. Applicants without a laboratory science subject should apply for bachelor of arts.

You cannot choose computer science as your major at the time of application to Memorial.

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: June 1 for fall admission and Oct. 1 for winter admission. Further details available below.

Entry into the computer science major is competitive and selective. Students who fulfill the eligibility requirements compete for a limited number of available spaces. Selection is based on academic performance, normally cumulative average and performance in recent courses. 

To be eligible for admission to the computer science 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 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

The following is a sample of some of the courses you may study in the computer science major (pre-requisites may be required in certain cases):

COMP 2001 - Object-Oriented Programming and Human-Computer Interaction
COMP 3301 - Visual Computing and Applications
COMP 4300 - Introduction to Game Programming

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

Career opportunities

A bachelor of science or bachelor of arts, with a major in computer science, prepares students for a variety of careers including:

  • computational scientist
  • computer architect
  • game programmer
  • cyber security
  • systems analyst/designer
  • robotics programmer
  • software developer

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.