Computer Science & Geographical Information Science

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  • Bachelor of Science


  • Lethbridge


Fall & Spring

Program description

The Departments of Geography & Environment and Mathematics & Computer Science offer instruction leading to the multidisciplinary major in computer science and geographical information science. The program is structured to provide a firm theoretical, technical and applied background in the geographical information sciences (GIS) that draws extensively on computer science foundations.

This major provides a strong basis for further study at the graduate level in an established field of research, while also providing training in an area of employment opportunity that neither the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science nor the Department of Geography & Environment alone can provide.

Geographical information science (GIS) | GIS involves the use and analysis of digital maps, databases, models and mobile applications, as well as navigation and spatial integration tools. Major GIS application areas include remote sensing, geographical information systems, computer graphics, image processing and mapping and spatial modelling. These rely on advanced computer science algorithms and software development, platform integration, hardware design and operating system principles. The major provides applied training coupled with a solid theoretical and developmental foundation.

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
  • Foreign Area Analyst
  • Urban/Regional Planner
  • Demographer
  • Industrial Planner
  • Geological Surveying
  • Land Developer
  • Surveyor
  • Zoning Investigator
  • Geophysics Assistant
  • Location Expert
  • Public Utilities Specialist
  • Hydrologist
  • Environmental Impact Analyst
  • Aerial Photo Interpreter
  • Transportation Analyst
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Forestry Technician
  • Wildlife Manager

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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Take advantage of all the different opportunities that come your way. Stepping outside your comfort zone will help you gain new experiences and expand your knowledge. Despite all the chaos, relentlessly strive towards achieving your goals. Always remember, you define your own happiness and create your own success!
- Yash (BSc '19, Co-op) - Computer Science & GIS

Sample classes

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

  • Fundamentals of Programming
  • Practical Software Development
  • Computer Graphics
  • Database Management Systems
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Remote Sensing
  • Advanced Geographical Information System

Additional information

Two, $10,000 bursaries will go to full-time undergraduate students enrolled in remote sensing, computer science with GIS or geography. The awards will be given to students based on the number of credit hours they’ve completed and financial need. Learn more: