Computer Science (BSc)

Solve problems, innovate and make life better through technology. From applied cryptography to mobile computing, computer science will help you develop robust algorithm analysis and design skills in procedural, object-oriented and low-level languages. Gain the hands-on experience that is key to understanding computing fundamentals.

Learn more about the Computer Science program.


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Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term)     OUAC code: UFA

Program Details

About the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Our Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Computer Science will help you develop strong algorithm analysis and design skills in procedural, object-oriented and low-level languages, with an optional introduction to functional, parallel, and logical paradigms.

We know hands-on experience is key to your understanding of computing fundamentals, so you’ll spend lots of time in the lab.

In senior years, you will select courses in application areas ranging from internet computing to writing apps for mobile computing, from applied cryptography to quantum computing.

In addition, you’ll gain necessary experience in group work, project administration and time management.

Further Details

Our Computer Science program exposes you to not just the software, but also to the hardware that underlies computer and embedded systems, giving you a fundamental understanding of digital systems and microprocessors, and an appreciation for the interaction between the hardware and the software.

While exposure to high school computer science is useful, the first-year Computer Science at Laurier courses provide you with the necessary background. 

Computer Science is also offered as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, which combines Computer Science with another Arts program to give you a solid understanding of the basic principles of computer science while you explore complementary interests in Arts.

Your Path to Medical School


Get one step closer to your medical school dreams at Laurier!

Our pathway agreement with American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) means you’re automatically granted an admissions interview to the AUC School of Medicine if you meet all academic requirements. Upon graduation, you’ll have the opportunity to write exams to practice medicine in Canada, the UK or the United States.

Program Options and Courses

Options and Minors

These are a few of the many popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Applied Social Research Option
  • Management Option
  • Mathematics Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

Complement Your Computer Science Degree with Another Major

You can combine this degree with the following additional majors:

First-Year Courses

  • Calculus I
  • Data Structures I
  • Introduction to Functions and Differential Calculus
  • Introductory Linear Algebra
  • Introduction to Programming

Sample First-Year Electives

  • Environment, Sustainability and Society
  • Health Issues I
  • Introduction to Psychology I

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Computer Networks
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Science
  • Operating Systems


Co-op is a way to integrate what you are learning in the classroom with practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, earn money, develop your network, and graduate with work experience.

You can apply for admission to co-op in your first year and may be eligible for an admission interview early in your second year. As a student in this program, you will be eligible to complete paid work terms lasting 12 to 16 weeks.

Interested? Learn more about co-op.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.


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"Smaller classes, great options for co-op and a lot of hands-on experience through labs make it all around a great program. Software engineering, machine learning, AI, big data – you can really make the degree what you want it to be."

Connor Kint, current student

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • business systems analyst
  • chief information officer
  • computer security specialist
  • database administrator
  • information systems manager
  • software developer
  • systems engineer
  • video game developer

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

Interested in More Info?

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