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Honours Computer Science

  • Our Honours Computer Science program is structured around three core areas: programming, software design and systems oriented courses. It offers maximum flexibility in course selection to help students develop into highly knowledgeable and skilled programmers, system administrators and IT professionals in organizations of all sizes.
  • Honours Computer Science is very flexible allowing you to customize up to 40% of the program through elective options.  This invites the possibility of completing a minor in another field of study.
  • A rigorous series of courses during the four years of study provide a solid theoretical foundation for challenging practical training. This philosophy ensures our students understand the fundamentals and gives them the key advantage in today’s job market.

Careers or Options Beyond This Program

The following are some of the many career options/fields that are available to graduates of McMaster’s Bachelor of Applied Science program:

    • systems analysts & programmers
    • operations managers
    • database developers
    • Web/e-commerce developers
    • information security analysts
    • information system design
    • business process modelling
    • e-business management
    • financial institutions
    • datacentre management

 

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McMaster’s Computer Science programs include an optional co-op stream. To achieve the co-op designation, you must complete a minimum of 12 months of co-op work experience prior to the beginning of the final academic term of your undergraduate degree.

The Benefits of Computer Science Co-op @ McMaster

  1. Flexibility
    Our co-op is very flexible, as you can decide to join at any time during your studies – as long as you are enrolled as a full-time student before, and after, your co-op work term. Once registered for the co-op program, you can decide how to spread out your 12 month of work experience in:

    • three summer terms (four months each)
    • one summer term (four months) plus one fall/winter term (eight months)
    • one 12-16 month consecutive term
  1. Preparation
    A mandatory, eight-hour preparation course gives you all the tools you need to successfully apply for co-op work terms.
  1. Helpful Service
    The Engineering Co-op & Career Services Office staff delivers the co-op program to thousands of students each year. They work with students during the whole process, assisting them to navigate their way through job applications, interviews and offers.
  1. Paid Experience
    Need we say more? You will gain hands-on practical experience, begin to develop a strong network and earn excellent pay for each work term. The co-op program provides students with the opportunity to apply the technical knowledge learned in university out in the workforce.
  1. Career Development
    Employment experience enhance career development and full-time employment opportunities upon graduation. Through co-op work terms, you will learn to identify your strengths, interests and the way in which you can best contribute to an organization. Some of our current co-op employers include:

    • CIBC
    • AMB
    • Evertz
    • IBM Canada
    • GE
    • Toronto Hydro
    • Ford

 

 

TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
8:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
COMP SCI 1XA3

Computer Science Practice (Lab)

10:30 a.m.
COMP SCI 1MD3

Introduction to Programming (Tutorial)

COMP SCI 1XA3

Computer Science Practice (Lecture)

11:30 a.m.
MATH 1ZC3

Engineering Mathematics A (Lecture)

MATH 1ZC3

Engineering Mathematics A (Lecture)

COMP SCI 1XA3

Computer Science Practice (Lecture)

12:30 p.m.
MATH 1ZB3

Engineering Mathematics B (Lecture)

MATH 1ZB3

Engineering Mathematics B (Lecture)

MATH 1ZC3

Engineering Mathematics A (Lecture)

1:30 p.m.ElectiveElective
MATH 1ZB3

Engineering Mathematics B (Tutorial)

Elective
MATH 1ZB3

Engineering Mathematics B (Lecture)

2:30 p.m.
MATH 1ZC3

Engineering Mathematics A (Tutorial)

3:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
COMP SCI 1MD3

Introduction to Programming (Lecture)

COMP SCI 1MD3

Introduction to Programming (Lecture)

COMP SCI 1MD3

Introduction to Programming (Lecture)

5:30 p.m.

McMaster’s Computer Science I program is administered from the Information Technology Building (ITB), however, classes may be held in the Engineering Technology Building (ETB), or the John Hodgins Engineering Building (JHE).

The services and programs available for Computer Science I students include:

  • an Engineering Student Services office to provide support for first-year undergraduate students including a dedicated Level I Academic Advisor
  • an Engineering Co-op and Career Services office
  • small tutorial/lab groups
  • a state-of-the-art Elliptical Computer Lab, dedicated exclusively to Faculty of Engineering – Level I programs
  • the student-run McMaster Computer Science Society

 

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