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The Computer Science B.Sc. program is a comprehensive program that provides ample depth and significant breadth of the field. The core of the program balances practice with theoretical topics and mathematics. The program also allows the student some flexibility to pursue some topics in more depth, or to obtain more breadth. Students can apply to participate in a 12—16 month professional internship between 3rd and 4th years.

This program is accredited by the Canadian Information Processing Society's (CIPS) Computer Science Accreditation Council (CSAC).

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Learn more about some of the required major-specific courses for this degree. View the course and program catalogue or meet with an academic advisor to understand all major requirements.

Year 1 CMPT courses

The courses listed here and in the Course and Program Catalogue are not necessarily offered each year and do not represent the totality of your requirements.


CMPT 141.3 | Introduction to Computer Science
CMPT 145.3 | Principles of Computer Science
MATH 110.3 | Calculus I
MATH 163.3 | Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning
MATH 164.3 | Introduction to Linear Algebra


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Academic tips

  • Explore information about your major in the course and program catalogue and the Department of Computer Science undergrad programs page
  • Meet with an academic advisor for help choosing your courses and planning your degree
  • Visit the student Learning Hub for help developing your academic skills
  • Students without high-school CS32 must take CMPT 140.3 before starting first-year, or must register for CMPT 141.3 and MATH 110.3 concurrently
  • Students without high-school CS30 can get a start with CMPT 140.3 in the summer before first-year
  • Full first-year courses (CMPT 140.3, 141.3, and 145.3) are typically offered over the spring and summer sessions
  • Students who cannot get CMPT 140.3 in summer session can take it in fall term, and then take CMPT 141.3 in winter term; but then they will need to complete CMPT 145.3 in the summer term after first-year
  • All second-year courses require completion of CMPT 145.3; missing it before the start of second-year will delay the student by a whole year
  • It is recommended students complete MATH 110.3 (or 176.3 for MATH students or 133.4 for GE students). The other first-year MATH courses (MATH 102.3, 104.3, 121.3, 125.3) will not count towards the CMPT degree

What will I learn?
  • Describe fundamental concepts regarding operating systems, version control systems, and the software build process and its automations
  • Understand software engineering concepts and techniques; capturing, documenting and analyzing requirements, translate a requirements specification into an implementable design
  • Explain data-analytic design-patterns, create and apply them using the scikit family of Python libraries and SQL scripts
  • Discover and explain basic software vulnerabilities in software code
  • Build N-tier web-applications using modern front-end development environments on standard web server platforms

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Learn more about some of the required major-specific courses for this degree. View the course and program catalogue or meet with an academic advisor to understand all major requirements.

Year 2 CMPT courses

The courses listed here and in the Course and Program Catalogue are not necessarily offered each year and do not represent the totality of your requirements.


CMPT 214.3 | Programming Principles and Practice
CMPT 215.3 | Introduction to Computer Organization and Architecture
CMPT 260.3 | Mathematical Logic and Computing
CMPT 270.3 | Developing Object-Oriented Systems
CMPT 280.3 | Intermediate Data Structures and Algorithms
PHIL 232.3 | Ethics and Professional Responsibility in Computer Science
STAT 245.3 | Introduction to Statistical Methods


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Year 3 CMPT courses

The courses listed here and in the Course and Program Catalogue are not necessarily offered each year and do not represent the totality of your requirements.


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Academic tips

  • Check DegreeWorks and meet with an academic advisor to ensure your degree is on track
  • Apply for scholarships and bursaries
  • Declare your major in PAWS
  • Plan your terms carefully: we recommend no more than three CMPT courses in a single term.  Some course are high workload, and catch students unaware
  • Full second-year course offerings (CMPT 214.3, 215.3, 260.3, 270.3, 280.3) are typically offered over the spring and summer sessions
  • It is recommended students take STAT 245.3 (or STAT 241.3 and 242.3), instead of one of the other college-level equivalents, as these other courses do not meet pre-requisite requirements for some to statistics-intensive CMPT courses, including CMPT 394.3, 423.3, and 489.3
  • Note that not all CMPT 400 courses are offered every year — students should check with the department when registering for third-year to determine course scheduling and take the courses they’re interested in

     


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Career readiness competencies

Career Readiness Competencies are transferable skill sets that will prepare you for the world of work and include the top attributes that employers are looking for:

  • Career & Self-Development
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Technology

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Learn more about some of the required major-specific courses for this degree. View the course and program catalogue or meet with an academic advisor to understand all major requirements.

Final year CMPT courses

The courses listed here and in the Course and Program Catalogue are not necessarily offered each year and do not represent the totality of your requirements.


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Career readiness competencies

Career Readiness Competencies are transferable skill sets that will prepare you for the world of work and include the top attributes that employers are looking for:

  • Career & Self-Development
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Technology

Possible destinations

People with a computer science degree take their knowledge and skills into many different industries and occupations. Note that some of the career paths listed here require further education and training.


Designations

Graduates of the four-year computer science program can apply for Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) credentials. Upon graduation, the AITP (associate IT professional) designation is available. After 100 hours of employment, the ITCP (IT certified professional) designation becomes available. Additionally, with reference letters, a student can receive the the ISP (Information Systems Professional) designation, with legal recognition in AB, BC, ON, NB, and NS via the national self-regulating organization (similar to professional engineering societies). 
 
With the four-year computer science degree, Canadian citizens and permanent residents qualify for a TN1 visa under the Canada-USA-Mexico free-trade agreement.


Career paths

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Applications Programmer
  • Business Analyst
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Clinical Data Analyst
  • Cloud Infrastructure Architect
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Service Technician
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Data Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Database Marketing Analyst
  • Developer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Graphic Designer
  • Information Systems Designer
  • Inventory Control Specialist
  • IT Analyst
  • Network Engineer
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Records Manager
  • Researcher
  • Robotics Technologist
  • Software Engineer
  • Statistician
  • Systems Administrator
  • Transportation Planner
  • Video Game Developer
  • Web Application Developer
  • Web Designer

At Vendasta, we pride ourselves on employing the best and brightest talents, ensuring a dynamic and forward-thinking environment for our technological pursuits. Over the years, we've had the pleasure of bringing on board several graduates from USask's Computer Science program. Their inclusion in our workforce has been nothing short of noteworthy, both in terms of the value they bring and the standards they set.

The competencies exhibited by these graduates are immediately noticeable. They arrive with a palpable hunger to learn and grow, showing an innate curiosity and a passion for their craft. Notably, a significant number of our most senior engineers are proud alumni of USask's Computer Science program, which stands testament to the program's caliber and its alignment with our aspirations.

—Hemant, Director of Engineering, Vendasta, B.Comm. (Computer Science) '99

Where do USask alumni work?

  • 7Shifts
  • Amazon
  • Andgo Systems
  • Calian, Advanced Technologies
  • Canadian Light Source Inc.
  • City of Saskatoon
  • Google
  • Government of Canada
  • Government of Saskatchewan
  • Microsoft
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic
  • Siemens Digital Industries Softwares
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Regina
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Waterloo
  • Vecima Networks Inc.
  • Vendasta

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"I chose computer science because I wanted to solve real world problems using the tools that software and programming offers. The skills I learned in the Computer Science program at USask are broadly applicable to so many different sectors and jobs. Technology encompasses everything around us, and learning to understand and master it is a key skill."

—Harris, fourth-year computer science student

"I have always been fascinated by technology and problem-solving, but taking the introductory computer science course cemented my passion for the Computer Science program at USask. There is always more to learn in this program, and I love that this major pushes me to continuously build on my skills."

—Tanmay, fourth-year computer science student

 

"I pursued computer science to embrace mental challenges. I've learned that I love to take complex problems and combine creativity and logic to create solutions. As well, participating in the internship program gave me valuable industry knowledge and kick-started my career."

—Cassidy, fourth-year computer science student