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Computing Science

Overview

UTP Stage II: Computing Science is equivalent to the first year of SFU’s Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree program. It provides the foundation for further study in many aspects of computing to help you choose your area of specialization for your undergraduate degree.

KEY INFORMATION

Duration

  • 3 terms

Intakes

  • January, May, September

Location

  • Vancouver

Your direct pathway to Simon Fraser University

High School
FIC
2nd year Simon Fraser University

UTP Stage II: Computing Science

Entry to second year at SFU

Bachelor of Science

Areas of study:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Graphics and Multimedia
  • Computing Science dual degree (with Zhejiang University, China)
  • Computing Systems
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Information Systems
  • Programming Languages and Software
  • Software Systems (major)
  • Theoretical Computing Science

For more information on SFU’s School of Computing Science.

You must complete a minimum of 10 academic courses at FIC with a program GPA of 2.75  (including a C- or better in all required and specified elective courses within the 10 course pathway), and a CGPA of 2.75 or better on all attempted UTP Stage II courses, in order to be guaranteed admission to the School of Computing Science. Course offerings and required courses may change without notice. A student advisor can help you choose appropriate courses to satisfy SFU entry requirements. Your UTP Stage II Program may include a mandatory non-credit academic literacy course.

Careers

Potential career paths

  • Bioinformatics
  • Business analysis
  • Cryptography
  • Database administration
  • Game development
  • Information security
  • Programmer
  • Software engineering
  • Web design

* Program fees are based on 30 credits of study at C$992.57 per credit. Students taking more than 30 credits of study will need to pay additional fees. Not for credit transfer Academic Literacy Course is a requirement for UTP Stage II Direct entry

Program Requirements

To transfer into the Faculty of Applied Science, Students must complete the requirements listed below, which include one ‘W’ and one ‘Q’ course; and achieve grade of C- or better in all courses.
-> What are ‘W’ and ‘Q’ courses?

There is a continuance GPA in computing science of 2.40.  By the end of the second semester of study all student must maintain a GPA of 2.40 to remain in the computing science program.  If you are not able to maintain this GPA advising will work with you to find an alternative program. (The continuance GPA was previously 2.0 all current students have until January 1st, 2017 to achieve a 2.4 GPA)

All (direct) students are required to take (and pass) ILS101/ILSA101 – Integrated Learning Skills and ALC099/ALAC099 – Academic Literacy Course in their first term of study unless exempted. *

Science Fundamentals Program

Students without Grade 12 equivalent Math or Biology will be admitted to the Science Fundamentals Program and will be required to take MATH 100 and/or BIO 100 during their first term at FIC. These courses both count as Electives with academic credit, so students starting in the Science Fundamentals Program can still complete the pathway in one year (three terms), provided they have enough electives available in their program to be used for these classes. Students without Grade 12 equivalent Chemistry or Physics are not eligible for admission to the Science pathway.

 

Required Courses

CMPT130 - Introduction to Computer Programming Ⅰ

Quantitative
Breadth-Science (Effective Fall 2012)
3 units
Faculty of Applied Sciences – An introduction to computing science and computer programming, using a systems-oriented language, such as C or C++. This course introduces basic computing science concepts. Topics will include: elementary data types, control structures, functions, arrays and strings, fundamental algorithms, computer organization and memory management.

Prerequisite

Computing Science students cannot take CMPT130 in the first semester of their study.
BC Math 12 (or equivalent, or any of MATH150, MATH151, MATH154, or MATH157), OR MATH100 with B grade OR MAP test score (26 or above).
Students with credit for CMPT102, CMPT120, CMPT126, or CMPT128 may not take this course for further credit.

CMPT135 - Introduction to Computer Programming Ⅱ

Quantitative
3 units
Faculty of Applied Sciences – A second course in systems-oriented programming and computing science that builds upon the foundation set in CMPT 130 using a systems-oriented language such as C or C++. Topics: a review of the basic elements of programming; introduction to object-oriented programming (OOP); techniques for designing and testing programs; use and implementation of elementary data structures and algorithms; introduction to embedded systems programming.

Prerequisite

CMPT130 with a minimum C- grade.
Students with credit for CMPT125, CMPT126, or CMPT128 may not take this course for further credit.

MACM101 - Discrete Mathematics I

Quantitative
Breadth-Science
3 units
Faculty of Science – This course is an introduction to discrete mathematics. The course will focus on establishing basic principles and motivate the relevance of those principles by providing examples of applications in computing science.

Prerequisite

MAP test score (26 or above) OR MATH100 with a minimum B grade

MATH151 - Calculus I

Quantitative
3 units
Faculty of Science – Designed for students specializing in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computing science and engineering. Logarithmic and exponential functions; trigonometric functions; and inverse functions. Limits, continuity, and derivatives. Techniques of differentiation, including logarithmic and implicit differentiation. The Mean Value Theorem. Applications of Differentiation including extrema, curve sketching, related rates, Newton's method. Antiderivatives and applications. Conic sections, polar coordinates, parametric curves.

Prerequisite

MAP test score (26 or above) OR MATH100 with a minimum B grade OR MTH101 & MTH103 with a minimum B grade
Students with credit for MATH157 may not take MATH151 for further credit.

MATH152 - Calculus II

Quantitative
3 units
Faculty of Science – Riemann sum, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, definite, indefinite and improper integrals, approximate integration, integration techniques, applications of integration. First-order separable differential equations. Sequences and series, series tests, power series, convergence, and applications of power series.

Prerequisite

MATH151 with a C- minimum grade or MATH157 with a B minimum grade

 

Choose one course from the following list:

ENGL112 - Literature Now (Formerly ENGL101)

Writing
Breadth-Humanities (Effective Fall 2016)
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Introduces students to contemporary works of literature in English and/or contemporary approaches to interpreting literature. May focus on one or multiple genres. Includes attention to writing skills.

Prerequisite

Open to students who have passed 3 UTP II Classes
Students with credit for ENGL101 may not take this course for further credit.

ENGL113 - Literature and Performance

Writing
Breadth-Humanities (Effective Fall 2016)
3 units
Introduces students to plays and performance works created and adapted for the stage, and/or the performative dimensions of other literary forms. May be organized historically, generically or thematically. The course may also explore the links between literary and performance theory. Includes attention to writing skills.

Prerequisite

Open to students who have passed 3 UTP II Classes

ENGL115 - Literature and Culture (Formerly ENGL105)

Writing
Breadth-Humanities (Effective Fall 2016)
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – An Introduction to the study of literature within the wider cultural field, with a focus on contemporary issues across genres and media.

Prerequisite

Open to students who have passed 3 UTP II Classes
Students with credit for ENGL105 may not take this course for further credit.

PSYC109 - Brain, Mind and Society

Writing
Breadth-Science
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Introduces the student to issues in Psychology by surveying the research on brain and behaviour and the implications of this work for individuals and society. Beginning with neurons, this course explores the transition to human experience.

Prerequisite

Open to students who have passed 3 UTP II Classes.

WL101 - Writing in World Literature

Writing
Breadth-Humanities
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Explores literary texts from diverse linguistic and cultural origins while introducing students to the fundamentals of comparative literary analysis and critical writing. May examine cross-cultural interactions, or compare texts thematically. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

Prerequisite

Open to students who have passed 3 UTP II Classes. Students with credit for WL102 may not take this course for further credit.

 

Available Cmpt Course Substitutions for Students Prior to September 2015

CMPT130 can be replaced with CMPT120.
CMPT135 can be replaced with CMPT128.

Available Writing Course Substitutions

WL102 will be counted as W designation if student took it between Fall 2016 to Summer 2017.
ENGL105 will be counted as W designation if student took it before Fall 2016.
ENGL101 will be counted as W designation if student took it before Fall 2016.
These courses are no longer offered at FIC.

Elective Courses

Students select at least 4 courses within the FIC roster of offerings.

Recommended Course Selection Order

Course Repeat Policy

Required courses may only be repeated once. This policy is in effect for students who began in September 2016 or later.

Readmission to the Computing Science pathway

For readmission to the Computing Science pathway, students must take a minimum of three new courses including one new W and one new Q and achieve a semester GPA of 2.7 in the semester immediately following removal from the program. FIC does not guarantee Computing Science required courses during the readmission semester.


*Students with IELTS 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in Reading and Writing, TOEFL 82 (minimum 20 in all components), or equivalent, are exempt from the Academic Literacy Course. This determination is made at the time of admission if the student is eligible for exemption. Students who begin their studies at FIC in the Cornerstone program are exempt from ILS101/ILSA101.

*Courses and programs are subject to change without notice. If you have any questions, please contact the student success advising team.

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