Computer Science (Arts & Science)

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  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts & Science
  • Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Management


  • Lethbridge


Fall & Spring

Program description

Computer science is the study of algorithms and data structures and their applications in designing new and efficient solutions to industrial, technological, environmental or social problems.

Learn to tackle difficult problems using a variety of high-tech tools and approaches, and effectively communicate your expertise to others by coupling your technical learning with a solid grounding in liberal education.

You'll gain both theoretical knowledge and practical experience, including access to state-of-the-art hardware and software in our three computer labs whenever you need to use them.

Student clubs and activities | You can participate in the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), an international scientific and educational society dedicated to advancing computing as a scientific endeavour and a profession. The department also participates in the annual ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest for the Rocky Mountain Region, an excellent opportunity for you to show off your programming skills.

Computer science and geographical information science | This multidisciplinary major is offered jointly by the Departments of Geography & Environment and Mathematics & Computer Science. It combines the technical and practical methodologies of GIS with the systems analysis and design skills from computer science to provide a strong foundation in this growing field.

Minors | Adding a minor to your degree is a great way to explore academic interests beyond your major. A minor is a set of courses comprising a secondary focus of interest. It is generally not related to your major. A minor may be required or optional. Pursue a second passion by adding a minor to your degree.

Honours thesis | If your GPA is high enough in your fourth year, you can opt to complete an undergraduate thesis course. This is an excellent opportunity for you to earn an “Honours Thesis” designation on your degree.

Experience learning | Our students have a number of experiential learning opportunities available to them including co-operative education, international exchanges, independent and applied studies as well as volunteer opportunities. uLethbridge is the only university in Alberta to offer co-operative education to all majors in the arts & sciences, at both the undergrad and grad level. Transfer students can actually head out on their first work term before ever stepping foot on campus! For example, many transfer students have completed a summer work term before starting classes in September.

Skills acquired | In addition to developing exceptional written and oral communication skills in this program, you’ll also develop strong critical and analytical thinking skills, advanced information acquisition and management skills, as well as precise attention to detail. All of these abilities are highly sought after in the business world and can be applied to practically any scenario.

Possible careers

  • Games Programming
  • Digital Forensics
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Robotics
  • Multimedia
  • Mobile App Design
  • Computer Music
  • Software Development
  • Systems Analysis
  • Database Management
  • Telecommunications
  • Web Services Development
  • Information Systems Management
  • Embedded Systems Design
  • Quality Control Engineering
  • Computer-Aided Manufacturing
  • IT Training & Education
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Health & Bioinformatics

Professional disciplines & graduate studies | The University of Lethbridge’s School of Graduate Studies offers programs, at the master and doctoral levels, in more than 60 disciplines — so why not consider pursuing grad school right here in Lethbridge! Whether you choose to do your advanced studies at uLethbridge or another institution, know that your undergraduate degree has set you on the path to post-graduate success.

Admission requirements


​For admission, Canadian high school students in Alberta must have completed five of the following courses with a minimum 65% average across them:

This course
  • English Language Arts 30-1
Three of these courses
  • Aboriginal Studies 30
  • Art 30 or Art 31
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Choral Music 30, General Music 30, or Instrumental Music 30
  • Dance 35
  • Drama 30
  • Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2
  • Mathematics 31
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1
  • Five credits in Advanced-level CTS Computer Science (CSE)
  • One or more distinct languages at the 30 level
One additional
  • That has not already been used
  • May be from the list above
  • Must be at the 30 level
  • Must be worth at least five credits (multiple courses worth a total of five or more credits can be used)
  • Cannot be a Special Project


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Computer science at uLethbridge is a great place to network, make friends and expand your knowledge. It is a fantastic choice for advancement in the world's need for technology. Get into co-op! Study hard and don't be discouraged by failure — it's a stepping stone to success.
- Prosper, Computer Science (Co-op)

Sample classes

Course selections for the program will vary, but may include:

  • Fundamentals of Programming I&II
  • Practical Software Development
  • Introduction to Digital Systems
  • Computer Architecture
  • Data Structures & Algorithms
  • Programming Languages
  • Artificial Intelligence