Computing Science (Certificate)


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Science & Technology
Computing Science
Length of Program
Two semesters
Credential Type
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


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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.

More Information

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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