Computer Science

Computer science plays a leading role in modern society, shaping our abilities and our future. From streaming music to planning a mission to Mars, the application of computer science offers innovative approaches to new challenges.

Think big as you explore the world of computer science while engaging in one of two focused program streams in Business or Science. The Business Focus provides a path to the Entrepreneurship Certificate from the Faculty of Business, whereas the Science Focus emphasizes Science and Environmental Science electives.

Experience high-tech labs and classrooms, access to a 240-core high performance computer Linux cluster, a stunning 3-D virtual reality lab, and learn about the latest advances in game programming, mobile computing, health informatics applications, big data, and cloud computing.

 

Applying to Lakehead University is easy and we are here to help you along the way.

Step 1 – Determine your general admission requirements:

To determine your general admission requirements, select one of the definitions below:

Ontario High School Students
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD);
  • A minimum of 6 Grade 12U or M courses, or equivalent, including program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum 70%* overall final average**

*Higher averages may be required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of available spaces.
**Admission averages are calculated using the top 6 Grade 12 U or M courses.  

Other Canadian High School Students
 General Admission Requirements: 
  • Completion of Grade 12 and the Secondary School Diploma (see the Program Specific Prerequisites section for your particular provinces requirements);
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum 70%* overall final average

*Higher averages may be required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of available spaces.

International HS/ College or University
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Successful graduation from an academic secondary school program or equivalent (For most countries, the same academic preparation as is required for university entrance in that country is required for consideration. Refer to Admission Requirements by Country.) 
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • Equivalent of a minimum 70% overall final average (Canadian)

    Note: Meeting the minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

Canadian College
 General Admission Requirements:

College transfer applicants who are applying to a program that does not have a college transfer pathway are eligible for admission consideration if they have:

  • Completed a minimum of 1 year of full-time academic studies at an accredited community college since leaving high school;
  • Completed the appropriate program-specific prerequisite courses; and
  • Achieved a minimum overall average of 70%. 
Canadian University
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Attended a university and successful completion of university level course work since leaving high school/college;
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum overall average of C or 60%.
Canadian Bible College
 General Admission Requirements:
  • A minimum overall average of C / 60% or equivalent;
  • College must be accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE);
  • Successfully meets the minimum program specific preparatory course prerequisites at the Grade 12U or M level or equivalent;
  • If not eligible right out of high school, a minimum of two years of full time studies must be completed at the Bible College.

Step 2 – Determine your program-specific prerequisite requirements for your program(s) of choice:

To determine your program-specific prerequisite requirements, choose from the drop-down menus below:

Program Specific Requirements

Please Select Your Applicant Type

  • Computer Science (Co-op Available)
    Degree:
    Science
    Alberta/NWT/Nunavut:
    English Language Arts 30-1, Math 30-1, 1 Course from: Math 30-2 or Math 31, and 2 Additional Academic 30 Level Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Ontario High School Students:
    Grade 12 U English, Grade 12 U Advanced Functions, 1 Credit from: Grade 12 U Calculus & Vectors, Grade 12 U Math of Data Management, or Grade 12 U Computer & Info Science; and 3 Additional Grade 12 U or M Credits
    Program Specific Requirements for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30-1, Math 30-1, 1 Course from: Math 30-2 or Math 31, and 2 Additional Academic 30 Level Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for British Columbia/Yukon High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 First Peoples, Pre-Calculus 12, Calculus 12 or Foundations of Mathematics 12, and 1 Additional Academic Grade 12 Course
    Program Specific Requirements for International Students:
    English and Math
    Program Specific Requirements for Manitoba High School Students:
    English 40S, Pre-Calculus Mathematics 40S, 1 Course from: Applied Mathematics 40 or Computer Science 40S, and 2 Additional Academic 40S Level Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Mature/Transfer Students:
    English (Grade 12 U English or equivalent) Math (Grade 12 U Advanced Functions or equivalent) One Computer Science or Math Course (Grade 12 U Calculus & Vectors, Grade 12 U Math of Data Management, or Grade 12 U Computer & Info Science; or equivalent)
    Program Specific Requirements for New Brunswick High School Students:
    English 120, 121, or 122; 1 Course from: Calculus 120, Pre-Calculus A 120 or Pre-Calculus B 120, or Advanced Math with an Intro to Calculus 120; 1 Course from: Calculus 120, Pre-Calculus A 120 or Pre-Calculus B 120, Trigonometry and 3-Space 121/122, or Advanced Math with an Intro to Calculus 120; and 2 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credits Numbered 120, 121, or 122
    Program Specific Requirements for Newfoundland/Labrador High School Students:
    English 3201, Advanced Math 3200 or Math 3207, 1 Course from: Advanced Math 3200, Calculus 3208, Math 3201, Math 3204, Math 3205, or Math 3207; and 7 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credits at the 3000 Level
    Program Specific Requirements for Nova Scotia High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 African Heritage, Pre-Calculus 12, Mathematics 12, and 2 Additional Grade 12 Academic or Advanced Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for PEI High School Students:
    English 621, Math 611B, 1 Course from: Computers 621, Math 621A, or Math 621B; and 2 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credits Numbered 611 or 621
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (CEGEP) Students:
    2 Semester Courses in English (603 series), Calculus I and Calculus II, Linear Algebra I and Linear Algebra II or 2 Semester Courses in Computer Science (420 series); and 6 Additional Academic Semester Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (Private) Students:
    Grade 12 U English, Grade 12 U Advanced Functions, 1 Credit from: Grade 12 U Calculus & Vectors, Grade 12 U Math of Data Management, or Grade 12 U Computer & Info Science; and 3 Additional Grade 12 U or M Credits
    Program Specific Requirements for Saskatchewan High School Students:
    English A30 and B30, Pre-Calculus 30, 1 Course from: Foundations of Mathematics 30, Calculus 30, or Computer Science 30; and 2 Additional Academic 30 Level Courses
  • Computer Science and Computer Programmer Diploma (Lakehead-Georgian Partnership)
    Degree:
    Science
    Alberta/NWT/Nunavut:
    English Language Arts 30-1, Math 30-1, 1 Course from: Math 30-2 or Math 31, and 2 Additional Academic 30 Level Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Ontario High School Students:
    Grade 12 U English, Grade 12 U Advanced Functions, 1 Credit from: Grade 12 U Calculus & Vectors, Grade 12 U Math of Data Management, or Grade 12 U Computer & Info Science; and 3 Additional Grade 12 U or M Credits
    Program Specific Requirements for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30-1, Math 30-1, 1 Course from: Math 30-2 or Math 31, and 2 Additional Academic 30 Level Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for British Columbia/Yukon High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 First Peoples, Pre-Calculus 12, Calculus 12 or Foundations of Mathematics 12, and 1 Additional Academic Grade 12 Course
    Program Specific Requirements for International Students:
    English and Math
    Program Specific Requirements for Manitoba High School Students:
    English 40S, Pre-Calculus Mathematics 40S, 1 Course from: Applied Mathematics 40 or Computer Science 40S, and 2 Additional Academic 40S Level Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Mature/Transfer Students:
    English (Grade 12 U English or equivalent) Math (Grade 12 U Advanced Functions or equivalent) One Computer Science or Math Course (Grade 12 U Calculus & Vectors, Grade 12 U Math of Data Management, or Grade 12 U Computer & Info Science; or equivalent)
    Program Specific Requirements for New Brunswick High School Students:
    English 120, 121, or 122; 1 Course from: Calculus 120, Pre-Calculus A 120 or Pre-Calculus B 120, or Advanced Math with an Intro to Calculus 120; 1 Course from: Calculus 120, Pre-Calculus A 120 or Pre-Calculus B 120, Trigonometry and 3-Space 121/122, or Advanced Math with an Intro to Calculus 120; and 2 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credits Numbered 120, 121, or 122
    Program Specific Requirements for Newfoundland/Labrador High School Students:
    English 3201, Advanced Math 3200 or Math 3207, 1 Course from: Advanced Math 3200, Calculus 3208, Math 3201, Math 3204, Math 3205, or Math 3207; and 7 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credits at the 3000 Level
    Program Specific Requirements for Nova Scotia High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 African Heritage, Pre-Calculus 12, Mathematics 12, and 2 Additional Grade 12 Academic or Advanced Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for PEI High School Students:
    English 621, Math 611B, 1 Course from: Computers 621, Math 621A, or Math 621B; and 2 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credits Numbered 611 or 621
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (CEGEP) Students:
    2 Semester Courses in English (603 series), Calculus I and Calculus II, Linear Algebra I and Linear Algebra II or 2 Semester Courses in Computer Science (420 series); and 6 Additional Academic Semester Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (Private) Students:
    Grade 12 U English, Grade 12 U Advanced Functions, 1 Credit from: Grade 12 U Calculus & Vectors, Grade 12 U Math of Data Management, or Grade 12 U Computer & Info Science; and 3 Additional Grade 12 U or M Credits
    Program Specific Requirements for Saskatchewan High School Students:
    English A30 and B30, Pre-Calculus 30, 1 Course from: Foundations of Mathematics 30, Calculus 30, or Computer Science 30; and 2 Additional Academic 30 Level Courses


Your first year academic experience will depend on whether you've enrolled in the Business or Science stream, and if you've chosen to pursue our co-operative education program.

 

Business Focus (required courses)

  • Computer Programming I & II

  • Basics of Accounting

  • Basics of Management

  • Calculus I

  • Discrete Mathematics

  • One-credit combination of English, History, or Philosophy

Science Focus (required courses)

  • Computer Programming I & II

  • Calculus I

  • Discrete Mathematics

  • One-credit combination of English, History, or Philosophy

If you're pursuing our co-operative education program, you may have a formal work period assignment in the summers after first and second year (Computer Science 1990, 2990) at the discretion of the Chair of the department. Otherwise, formal work period assignments do not begin until winter term of third year.

Co-op Placement

During your undergrad you will have the opportunity to participate in our co-operative education program to gain rewarding experiences in the industry, acquire practical skills and earn an income to finance your education. We have placed over 700 students with industry partners including IBM, Environment Canada, RIM, Atomic Energy of Canada, the Canadian Grain Commission, CIBC and more.

 

Student Mentorship

We have a full-time faculty member who is dedicated to mentoring first and second year students’ programming skills. This resource is particularly useful if you have limited experience in computer programming and would like one-on-one time with an expert in the field outside of your class and lab time.

 

Specialization

We offer a unique Game Programming Specialization to all Computer Science majors. This specialization teaches you the intricacies of animation, two and three dimensional graphics, gameplay and much more while you develop single, multiplayer and mobile games.

 

Accessible Faculty

Our department is small enough to provide you with direct access to the professors, and individual access to advanced computing equipment. Our faculty is active in its research, and committed to balancing theoretical information with hands-on opportunities. Projects and research papers are regularly integrated into our undergraduate courses.


More information about Payment Methods, and Payment Due Dates can be found here: Student Fees Information



Environmental Sustainability (Applied Life Science, Computer Science)
Orillia, Georgian - Barrie
YearTuitionField TripAncillary FeesTotal1st Installment2nd Installment1.0 FCE Tuition1.0 FCE Total0.5 FCE Tuition0.5 FCE Total
1
$6,649.45
$0.00
$893.72
$7,543.17
$4,218.45
$3,324.72
$1,329.89
$1,405.23
$664.95
$702.62
2
$6,617.62
$0.00
$873.72
$7,491.34
$4,182.53
$3,308.81
$1,323.52
$1,398.86
$661.76
$699.43
3
$6,572.55
$0.00
$873.72
$7,446.27
$4,160.00
$3,286.27
$1,314.51
$1,389.85
$657.26
$694.93
4
$5,998.10
$0.00
$873.72
$6,871.82
$3,872.77
$2,999.05
$1,199.62
$1,274.96
$599.81
$637.48
YearTuitionField TripAncillary FeesTotal1st Installment2nd Installment1.0 FCE Tuition1.0 FCE Total0.5 FCE Tuition0.5 FCE Total
1
$22,601.25
$0.00
$893.72
$23,494.97
$12,194.35
$11,300.62
$4,520.25
$4,595.59
$2,260.13
$2,297.80
2
$22,601.25
$0.00
$873.72
$23,474.97
$12,174.35
$11,300.62
$4,520.25
$4,595.59
$2,260.13
$2,297.80
3
$22,601.25
$0.00
$873.72
$23,474.97
$12,174.35
$11,300.62
$4,520.25
$4,595.59
$2,260.13
$2,297.80
4
$22,601.25
$0.00
$873.72
$23,474.97
$12,174.35
$11,300.62
$4,520.25
$4,595.59
$2,260.13
$2,297.80
In addition to the above, International Students must pay the mandatory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) which is payable in full with your first installment. Please click here for more information about UHIP

Click to display ancillary fee breakdown
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Full-Time Undergraduate Students (Georgian-Barrie - Environmental Sustainability, Applied Life Science, and Computer Science)CodeAmount
Lakehead University Services Fees  
Student Athletic Society SATHH92.16
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMH25.00
Health Services Support FeeSHEAH60.57
LU Services Subtotal 177.73
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU)  
LU-GC Student OrganizationsSBLDH 47.25
LUSU FeeSLUHS 151.74
Canadian Federation of Students Fee (included in SLUHS) 16.74
Referenda (included in SLUSH) 7.00
LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance*SMEDF325.00
LUSU Services Subtotal 523.99
 U-Pass Barrie Campus (Bus Pass)**SLBUB172.00
LU and LUSU Services, and U-Pass Subtotal 873.72

* The LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance cost is $325.00. The policy is effective September 1, 2018 for the 12 months ending August 31, 2019. All full-time undergraduate students who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.

Should a student have comparable coverage and choose to opt-out they may do so by going to the LUSU Website at www.lusu.ca and clicking on opt-out to proceed. No exceptions or extensions.

For additional information regarding LUSU services including Medical and Dental please go to www.lusu.ca or contact LUSU directly by phone (807) 343-8259

Co-op students and Graduate students are not covered but may purchase the Plan.

** The U-Pass Barrie Campus (Bus Pass) Fee is $172.00. The plan is effective September 1, 2018 for the 8 months ending April 30, 2019. All full-time undergraduate students who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.

First Year Students Only:

2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for 1st Year Full-Time Students (Georgian-Barrie)- Environmental SustainabilityCodeAmount
1st Year Students Orientation FeeSORIE20.00
LUSU & LU Services Fee Subtotal 873.72
Total 893.72
Science
Thunder Bay
YearTuitionAncillary FeesTotal1st Installment2nd Installment1.0 FCE Tuition1.0 FCE Total0.5 FCE Tuition0.5 FCE Total
1
$6,649.45
$1,002.74
$7,652.19
$4,327.47
$3,324.72
$1,329.89
$1,434.84
$664.95
$717.42
2
$6,617.62
$982.74
$7,600.36
$4,291.55
$3,308.81
$1,323.52
$1,428.47
$661.76
$714.24
3
$6,572.55
$982.74
$7,555.29
$4,269.02
$3,286.27
$1,314.51
$1,419.46
$657.26
$709.73
4
$5,998.10
$982.74
$6,980.84
$3,981.79
$2,999.05
$1,199.62
$1,304.57
$599.81
$652.29
YearTuitionAncillary FeesTotal1st Installment2nd Installment1.0 FCE Tuition1.0 FCE Total0.5 FCE Tuition0.5 FCE Total
1
$22,601.25
$1,002.74
$23,603.99
$12,303.37
$11,300.62
$4,520.25
$4,625.20
$2,260.13
$2,312.60
2-4
$22,601.25
$982.74
$23,583.99
$12,283.37
$11,300.62
$4,520.25
$4,625.20
$2,260.13
$2,312.60
In addition to the above, International Students must pay the mandatory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) which is payable in full with your first installment. Please click here for more information about UHIP

2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Full-Time Undergraduate Students (Thunder Bay)CodeAmount
Lakehead University Services Fees  
Athletic Building FundSABFF70.00
Student Athletic SocietySATHF115.18
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMF25.00
Health Services Support FeeSHEAF60.57
Capital Improvements C.J. Sanders BuildingSCISF30.00
LU Services Subtotal 300.75
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Fee  
LUSU Fee  128.00
Referenda  17.00
Nanabijou  5.00
CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) Fees  16.74
LUSU Fee Subtotal SLUSF166.74
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Services Fees  
 LUSU Capital Fund SBLDF 47.25
 LU Radio SRADF 10.00
 LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance* SMEDF 325.00
 LUSU Bus Pass Fee** SLBUS133.00
 LUSU Services Subtotal 515.25
Total 982.74

* The LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance cost is $325.00. The policy is effective September 1, 2018 for the 12 months ending August 31, 2019. All full-time undergraduate students* who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.
- Should a student have comparable coverage and choose to opt-out they may do so by going to the LUSU Website at www.lusu.ca and clicking on opt-out to proceed. No exceptions or extensions.
- For additional information regarding LUSU services including Medical and Dental please go to www.lusu.ca or contact LUSU directly by phone (807) 343-8259

** The LUSU Bus Pass (U-Pass) Fee - All full-time undergraduate students* who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.
   * Co-op students and Graduate students are not covered but may purchase the Plan.


2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for 1st Year Full-Time Students (Thunder Bay)
 Code Amount
 1st Year Students Orientation Fee SORIE 20.00
 LUSU and LU Services Total  982.74
 Total  1002.74
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students (Thunder Bay)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)
Amount (0.5FCE)
Athletic Building FundSABFF14.007.00
Student Athletic SocietySATHF23.0411.52
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMF5.002.50
Health Services Support FeeSHEAF12.116.06
Capital Improvements C.J. Sanders BuildingSCISF6.003.00
LUSU Capital FundSBLDF9.454.73
LU RadioSRADF2.001.00
LUSU Fee (includes CFS & Referenda listed below)SLUSF33.3516.67
CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) Fee 3.351.67
Referenda 4.402.20
 Total 104.9552.47
    
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students in Distance Education Courses Only (Thunder Bay)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)Amount (0.5FCE)
LUSU Fee, CFS Fee & ReferendaSLUSF33.3516.67
Total 33.2916.65
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Full-Time Undergraduate Students (Orillia) Code Amount
Lakehead University Services Fees  
Student Athletic SocietySATHO92.16
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMO25.00
Health Services Support FeeSHEAO60.57
LU Services Subtotal 177.73
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Fee  
LUSU Fee 128.00
Canadian Federation of Students Fee  16.74
Referenda 7.00
LUSU Fee SubtotalSLUSO151.74
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Services Fees  
LUSU Capital FundSBLDO47.25
LUSU U-Pass FeeSLBUO115.50
LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance**SMEDF325.00
LUSU Services Subtotal 487.75
Total 817.22

* The LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance cost is $325.00. The policy is effective September 1, 2018 for the 12 months ending August 31, 2019. All full-time undergraduate students* who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.

- Should a student have comparable coverage and choose to opt-out they may do so by going to the LUSU Website at www.lusu.ca and clicking on opt-out to proceed. No exceptions or extensions.

- For additional information regarding LUSU services including Medical and Dental please go to www.lusu.ca or contact LUSU directly by phone (807) 343-8259

** The LUSU Bus Pass (U-Pass) Fee - All full-time undergraduate students* who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.

   * Co-op students and Graduate students are not covered but may purchase the Plan.


 

2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for 1st Year Full-Time Students (Orillia) Code Amount
1st Year Students Orientation FeeSORIO20.00
LUSU and LU Services Total 817.22
Total 837.22
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students (Orillia)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)Amount (0.5FCE)
Student Athletic SocietySATHO18.439.22
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMO5.002.50
Health Services Support FeeSHEAO12.116.06
LUSU Capital FundSBLDO9.454.73
LUSU Fee (includes CFS & Referenda listed below)SLUSO30.3515.17
CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) Fee 3.351.67
Referenda 1.400.70
Total 75.3437.67
    
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students in Distance Education Courses Only (Orillia)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)Amount (0.5FCE)
LUSU Fee, CFS Fee & ReferendaSLUSO30.3515.17
Total 30.3515.17