Computing Science (Certificate)


Winter 2023: Applications Closed

Summer 2023: Currently accepting applications

Fall 2023: Currently accepting applications

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?

Close to 13,400 programmer jobs are expected for the next ten years in B.C., with workers earning an average salary of $90,000 per year.

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.

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.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements

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

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


CMPT 1109

Intro to Computing Science & Programming


Computer Programming I

CMPT 1209 Computer Programming II 3.00
CMPT 2200 Designing with Raspberry Pi 3.00
Elective (3) University transferable elective* 9.00
Total Credits   30.00

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

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.

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