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Computing Science and Information Systems (Diploma)

Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses: New Westminster
Credential: Diploma
Admission Type: Limited enrolment
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
program overview

New students must apply to Computing Studies and Information systems.  All new students will graduate with a Computing Studies and Information Systems Diploma.

Current students have until June 2018 to graduate with the current credential, Computing Science and Information Systems.  After June 2018 the only credential available will be Computing Studies and Information Systems.

This program prepares students for careers in the computer industry. The program combines business courses, system and networking concepts, and programming languages. By choosing appropriate courses, students may ladder into degree programs offered by other post-secondary institutions.

curriculum framework

The student is required to complete 60 credits as follows:


Course Course Title Credits
Students require 45 Core CSIS credits (15 courses)    
CSIS 1175 Introduction to Programming 3

CSIS 1275
CMPT 1110

Java Programming
C++ Programming
CSIS 1280 Front End Web Development 3
CSIS 2200 System Analysis and Design 3
CSIS 2260 Operating Systems 3
CSIS 2270 Virtualization and Computer Networking 3
CSIS 2280 Web Server Administration 3
CSIS 2300 Relational DBMS 3
CSIS 3175** Mobile Application Development 3
CSIS 3275 Software Engineering 3
CSIS 3280 Web Based Scripting 3
CSIS 3300 Data Mining and Non-Relational DBMS 3
CSIS 3380 Advanced Web Programming with JavaScript and AJAX 3
CSIS 3475 Data Structures and Algorithms 3
CSIS 3540 Client/Server Systems 3
Students require to take 15 Non-CSIS Credits from:    
CMNS 1115 Practical Writing 3

Select one course (3 credits) from the following:

ACCT 1110 or

ACCT 1235

Principles of Accounting I 

Principles of Accounting I & II

Select Two courses (6 credits) from the following:

BUSN 1210 or

ECON 1101 or

ECON 1150 or

ECON 1250 or

MARK 1120

Management Essentials 

The Canadian Economy 

Principles of Microeconomics 

Principles of Macroeconomics 

Introductory Marketing

Select one from:

FINC 1231 or

MATH 1130 or

MATH 1160 or

BUSN 2429 

Commercial and Financial Mathematics 

Discrete Mathematics 

Introduction to Statistics 

Business Statistics

**Please note the prerequisite for CSIS 3175 is CSIS 1275.    



career transfer pathways

There is a high demand for computer systems expertise in all types of organizations, from small and medium-sized businesses to industry giants and the public sector.

Graduates of the Computing Science and Information Systems Diploma Program are qualified to ensure that appropriate current computer hardware and software can be used most effectively to meet business needs. Job titles change rapidly, but typically include computer support specialist, computer programmer, user analyst, Internet developer, computer systems marketing specialist, network administrator, network user support specialist, technical support staff, and help desk specialist. Graduates may also pursue self-employment, installing and maintaining computer hardware and software for clients.       
Further Education
Transfer credits to UBC, SFU, UVic, UNBC, UFV, BCIT, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, University of Lethbridge and other institutions are arranged for many Computing Science and Information Systems courses.            

Refer to the British Columbia Transfer Guide for individual course transfer.

admission requirements

1. General College Admission Requirements

2. Pre-calculus 11 (C or Better); or Foundations of Math 11 (C or better); OR Principles of Math 11 (C or better)


  1. In order to register for CMNS 1115, you must provide proof of English 12 with a grade of "B" or better or an equivalent. Equivalents/exemptions to this requirement are listed in the calendar.

  2. In order to register for MATH 1160 you must provide proof of a grade of "B" or better in one of the listed grade 11 Math courses.

  3. In order to register for MATH 1130 or BUSN 2429, you must provide proof of Pre-Calculus 12 or Foundations of Math 12 or Principles of Math 12 with a “C” or better or equivalent.
program cost

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.

curriculum 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.

tuition deposit

When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required.