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.

Transfer Options

It’s easy to transfer to Lakehead. Our pathway and general transfer policies are designed to help you maximize your credits from your current or previous studies at either college or university – or even both.  

There are a number of ways to transfer to Lakehead. Let us help you achieve your degree completion goals. For more information regarding specific admission requirements from college or university, check out the “Admissions Requirement” tab above and select your most recent level of study.

 

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 Secondary School/ 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 from: Math 30-2 or Math 31
    Program Specific Requirements for Ontario High School Students:
    English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), 1 from: Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U), Computer Science (ICS4U), or Data Management (MDM4U)
    Program Specific Requirements for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30-1, Math 30-1, 1 from: Math 30-2 or Math 31
    Program Specific Requirements for British Columbia/Yukon High School Students:
    English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12, Pre-Calculus 12, 1 from: Calculus 12, Computer Science 12 or Foundations of Mathematics 12
    Program Specific Requirements for International Students:
    English, Math, 1 from: Computer Science, Math (additional), or Physics
    Program Specific Requirements for Manitoba High School Students:
    English Language Arts (Comprehensive Focus, Literary Focus, or Transactional Focus) 40S, Pre-Calculus 40S, 1 from: Applied Math 40S, Advanced Mathematics 45S & Introduction To Calculus 45S, or Computer Science 40S
    Program Specific Requirements for Mature/Transfer Students:
    English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), 1 from: Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U), Computer Science (ICS4U), or Data Management (MDM4U). Other secondary or post-secondary courses that are equivalent to these requirements are accepted. College transfer students entering via a transfer pathway are not required to satisfy these specific prerequisite requirements.
    Program Specific Requirements for New Brunswick High School Students:
    English Language Arts 121 or 122, Pre-Calculus A120 or B120, 1 from: Calculus 120, Computer Science 120, or Foundations of Math 120
    Program Specific Requirements for Newfoundland/Labrador High School Students:
    English 3201, Advanced Math 3200, 1 from: Academic Math 3201 or Calculus 3208
    Program Specific Requirements for Nova Scotia High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 African Heritage, Pre-Calculus 12, 1 from: Calculus 12 or Mathematics 12
    Other Admission Requirements & Important Information:
    Calculus and Computer Science are recommended
    Program Specific Requirements for PEI High School Students:
    English 621A, Pre-Calculus 621B, 1 from: Calculus 611B, Foundations of Math 621A, or Computer Studies 621A
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (CEGEP) Students:
    2 English (603 or 604), Linear Algebra I (201-NYC, 201-105, or 201-106), 2 from: Calculus I (201-NYA or 201-103), Calculus II (201-NYB or 201-203), or Computer Science (420 series)
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (Private) Students:
    English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), 1 from: Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U), Computer Science (ICS4U), or Data Management (MDM4U). Equivalent courses to the Ontario prerequisite requirements will be considered.
    Program Specific Requirements for Saskatchewan High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30 A or English Language Arts 30 B, Pre-Calculus 30, 1 from: Calculus 30, Computer Science 30, or Foundations of Mathematics 30
  • Computer Science and Computer Programming Diploma (Lakehead-Georgian Partnership)
    Degree:
    Science
    Alberta/NWT/Nunavut:
    English Language Arts 30-1, Math 30-1, 1 from: Math 30-2 or Math 31
    Program Specific Requirements for Ontario High School Students:
    English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), 1 from: Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U), Computer Science (ICS4U), or Data Management (MDM4U)
    Program Specific Requirements for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30-1, Math 30-1, 1 from: Math 30-2 or Math 31
    Program Specific Requirements for British Columbia/Yukon High School Students:
    English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12, Pre-Calculus 12, 1 from: Calculus 12, Computer Science 12 or Foundations of Mathematics 12
    Program Specific Requirements for International Students:
    English, Math, 1 from: Computer Science, Math (additional), or Physics
    Program Specific Requirements for Manitoba High School Students:
    English Language Arts (Comprehensive Focus, Literary Focus, or Transactional Focus) 40S, Pre-Calculus 40S, 1 from: Applied Math 40S, Advanced Mathematics 45S & Introduction To Calculus 45S, or Computer Science 40S
    Program Specific Requirements for Mature/Transfer Students:
    English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), 1 from: Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U), Computer Science (ICS4U), or Data Management (MDM4U). Other secondary or post-secondary courses that are equivalent to these requirements are accepted. College transfer students entering via a transfer pathway are not required to satisfy these specific prerequisite requirements.
    Program Specific Requirements for New Brunswick High School Students:
    English Language Arts 121 or 122, Pre-Calculus A120 or B120, 1 from: Calculus 120, Computer Science 120, or Foundations of Math 120
    Program Specific Requirements for Newfoundland/Labrador High School Students:
    English 3201, Advanced Math 3200, 1 from: Academic Math 3201 or Calculus 3208
    Program Specific Requirements for Nova Scotia High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 African Heritage, Pre-Calculus 12, 1 from: Calculus 12 or Mathematics 12
    Other Admission Requirements & Important Information:
    Calculus and Computer Science are recommended
    Program Specific Requirements for PEI High School Students:
    English 621A, Pre-Calculus 621B, 1 from: Calculus 611B, Foundations of Math 621A, or Computer Studies 621A
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (CEGEP) Students:
    2 English (603 or 604), Linear Algebra I (201-NYC, 201-105, or 201-106), 2 from: Calculus I (201-NYA or 201-103), Calculus II (201-NYB or 201-203), or Computer Science (420 series)
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (Private) Students:
    English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), 1 from: Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U), Computer Science (ICS4U), or Data Management (MDM4U). Equivalent courses to the Ontario prerequisite requirements will be considered.
    Program Specific Requirements for Saskatchewan High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30 A or English Language Arts 30 B, Pre-Calculus 30, 1 from: Calculus 30, Computer Science 30, or Foundations of Mathematics 30


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 Science 1411 and 1431 – Computer Programming I & II

  • Business 1512 – Basics of Accounting

  • Business 1511 – Basics of Management

  • Mathematics 1171 – Calculus I

  • Mathematics 1271 – Discrete Mathematics

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

Science Focus (required courses)

  • Computer Science 1411 and 1431 – Computer Programming I & II

  • Mathematics 1171 – Calculus I

  • Mathematics 1271 – 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
$5,984.51
$0.00
$978.85
$6,963.36
$3,481.68
$3,481.68
$1,196.90
$1,275.85
$598.45
$637.93
2
$5,955.86
$0.00
$958.85
$6,914.71
$3,457.36
$3,457.35
$1,191.17
$1,270.12
$595.59
$635.06
3
$5,915.30
$0.00
$958.85
$6,874.15
$3,437.08
$3,437.07
$1,183.06
$1,262.01
$591.53
$631.01
4
$5,398.29
$0.00
$958.85
$6,357.14
$3,178.57
$3,178.57
$1,079.66
$1,158.61
$539.83
$579.30
YearTuitionField TripAncillary FeesTotal1st Installment2nd Installment1.0 FCE Tuition1.0 FCE Total0.5 FCE Tuition0.5 FCE Total
1
$23,731.00
$0.00
$978.85
$24,709.85
$12,354.93
$12,354.92
$4,746.20
$4,825.15
$2,373.10
$2,412.58
2
$23,731.00
$0.00
$958.85
$24,689.85
$12,344.93
$12,344.92
$4,746.20
$4,825.15
$2,373.10
$2,412.58
3
$23,731.00
$0.00
$958.85
$24,689.85
$12,344.93
$12,344.92
$4,746.20
$4,825.15
$2,373.10
$2,412.58
4
$23,731.00
$0.00
$958.85
$24,689.85
$12,344.93
$12,344.92
$4,746.20
$4,825.15
$2,373.10
$2,412.58
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
2019-20 Ancillary Fees for Full-Time Undergraduate Students (Georgian-Barrie - Environmental Sustainability, Applied Life Science, and Computer Science)CodeAmountOpt-Out Potential?
ESSENTIAL FEES   
Lakehead - Georgian (LU-GC) Services Fees   
Student Athletic Society SATHH94.37No
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMH25.00No
Health Services Support FeeSHEAH62.02No
Essential LU-GC Services Subtotal 181.38 
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU)   
LUSU Ombudsperson FeeSLUH8 4.89No
LUSU Capital Fund SBLDH51.03No
LUSU Medical/Dental Plan * SMEDF 392.07See Below
Essential LUSU Services Subtotal 447.99 
 U-Pass Barrie Campus (Bus Pass)**SLBUB172.00No
 ESSENTIAL Ancillary Fees LU-GC (Barrie) Subtotal
 801.38 
NON-ESSENTIAL FEES   
LUSU Activity FeeSLUHS77.23Yes
LUSU Academic and Advocacy Support and Services FeeSLUH756.12Yes
WUSC World University Service of Canada (Sponsor Refugee Students)SLRWU7.00Yes
CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) FeeSLCFS17.12Yes
NON-ESSENTIAL LU-GC Ancillary Fees (Barrie) Subtotal 157.47 
TOTAL Potential LU-GC Barrie Campus Student Ancillary Fees: 958.85 

First Year LU-GC Students:

2019-20 Ancillary Fees for First Year Full-Time Students (Georgian-Barrie)- Environmental Sustainability, Applied Life Science, Computer ScienceCodeAmountOpt-Out Potential?
First Year Students Orientation Fee - ESSENTIALSORIB20.00No
TOTAL Potential LU-GC Barrie Campus Student Ancillary Fees: 958.85 
Total Potential FIRST YEAR LU-GC Barrie Campus Student Ancillary Fees: 978.85 

* The LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance (SMEDF) policy is effective September 1, for the 12 months ending August 31. All full-time undergraduate students who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs 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. Opting out does not remove the fee from your student account. 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 Barrie Campus U-Pass (Bus Pass) Fee (SLBUB):  All full-time undergraduate students who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.

Science
Thunder Bay
YearTuitionAncillary FeesTotal1st Installment2nd Installment1.0 FCE Tuition1.0 FCE Total0.5 FCE Tuition0.5 FCE Total
1
$5,984.51
$1,154.37
$7,138.88
$3,569.44
$3,569.44
$1,196.90
$1,305.57
$598.45
$652.79
2
$5,955.86
$1,134.37
$7,090.23
$3,545.12
$3,545.11
$1,191.17
$1,299.84
$595.59
$649.92
3
$5,915.30
$1,134.37
$7,049.67
$3,524.84
$3,524.83
$1,183.06
$1,291.73
$591.53
$645.87
4
$5,398.29
$1,134.37
$6,532.66
$3,266.33
$3,266.33
$1,079.66
$1,188.33
$539.83
$594.16
YearTuitionAncillary FeesTotal1st Installment2nd Installment1.0 FCE Tuition1.0 FCE Total0.5 FCE Tuition0.5 FCE Total
1
$23,731.00
$1,154.37
$24,885.37
$12,442.69
$12,442.68
$4,746.20
$4,854.87
$2,373.10
$2,427.44
2-4
$23,731.00
$1,134.37
$24,865.37
$12,432.69
$12,432.68
$4,746.20
$4,854.87
$2,373.10
$2,427.44
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