Computing Science (Certificate)

New Westminster
Admission Type
Limited Enrolment


Have a knack for technology? Want to break into Canada’s emerging tech industry? Take the first step to a career in software development, programming, information security analysis and much more with a Computing Science Certificate. With this one-year certificate, you’ll build your computer literacy, and gain a solid foundation in applied and academic computer programming and computing science. The program includes courses in Python and C++ programming, and using Raspberry Pi.

What can a Certificate in Computing Science do for you?

According to an IT Labour Market Report prepared by the BC Tech Association, it is predicted there will be over 10,000 tech companies and 47,000 tech job openings in BC by the end of 2021.

All Computing Science courses and their credits are fully transferable to the 5 main research universities in British Columbia: SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC and UVic. You can also continue your education into the second year of our Diploma in Computing Science.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of 30 credits
  • 50% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College 

* A university transferable course is a course that transfer to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC - according to the BC Transfer Guide.  

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENGL 1130 Academic Writing 3.00
MATH 1120 Calculus I 3.00
MATH 1220 Calculus II 3.00
MATH 1130 Discrete Mathematics 3.00
CMPT 1105 Intro to Computing Science & Programming 3.00
CMPT 1110 C++ Programming 3.00
CMPT 2200 Designing with Raspberry Pi 3.00
Elective (3) University transferable elective* 9.00
Total Credits   30.00

Admissions Requirements


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Career Pathways

Career opportunities include:

  • Computer Network Technician 
  • Computer Support Specialist 
  • Computer Systems Analyst 
  • Game/App Developer 
  • Help Desk Support/Network Help Desk 
  • Information Systems Technician 
  • IT Support Assistant, Specialist or Consultant 
  • Java Developer 
  • Software Designer/Developer/Programmer/Tester 
  • Technical Support Staff 
  • Web Developer

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.