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Registration for the Fall 2019 semester begins June 25.  Watch your email for more details.
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Computing Studies and Information Systems (Diploma)

IMPORTANT NOTICE Students starting this program in the Fall 2019 semester or later will be required to have a program GPA of 2.00 or higher in order to graduate.
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses: New Westminster
Credential: Diploma
Admission Type: Open Enrolment - Additional Admission Requirements
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
program overview

Get ready for a career in the booming IT sector. The Computing Studies and Information Systems (CSIS) program offers courses in system and networking concepts, programming languages and business courses, giving you a well-rounded set of skills that can apply to a variety of careers. 

Work while you learn

CSIS also offers an optional co-operative education component where you can take the skills you've learned in the classroom and apply them in an actual workplace. And, you get paid to do it! Co-op students typically earn around $5800-$9000 a semester, in addition to gaining invaluable experience for your resume.  

Prepare for university studies

If you want to pursue a degree, our academic advisors can help you choose the correct combination of courses that will transfer into programs offered by other post-secondary institutions.

Job forecast
By 2019, it is expected that there will be 182,000 information and communications technology jobs available in Canada, with over 15,500 of those positions in Vancouver (source: Information and Communications Technology Council, Labour Market Outlook 2015-2019). 

Don't miss out - apply for the Douglas College CSIS program today, or attend a free information session.
curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits
  • 70% (42 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • A minimum of 2.00 program GPA is required

Course Requirements:  

Course Number Course Title Credits

Select one course from the following two options:

CSIS 1175

Introduction to Programming I


CMPT 1110

C++ Programming 


Select one course from the following two options:

CSIS 1275

Introduction to Programming II


CSIS 2175

Adv Integrated Software Dev


Select one course from the following two options:

ACCT 1110

Principles of Accounting I 


ACCT 1235

Principles of Accounting I & II


Select two courses from the following five options:

BUSN 1210

Management Essentials


ECON 1101

The Canadian Economy


ECON 1150

Principles of Microeconomics


ECON 1250

Principles of Macroeconomics


MARK 1120

Introductory Marketing


Select one course from the following four options:

FINC 1231

Commercial and Financial Mathematics


MATH 1130

Discrete Mathematics


MATH 1160

Introduction to Statistics


BUSN 2429

Business Statistics


Select one course from the following four options:

CSIS 3540

Client Server Systems


CSIS 3375

UX Design in Mobile Applications


CSIS 4050

Advanced OO Prog for Bus App


CSIS 4175

Mobile Application Development II


Required Courses:

CMNS 1115

Practical Writing


CSIS 1280

Multimedia  Web Development


CSIS 2200

System Analysis and Design


CSIS 2300

Database I


CSIS 3155

Computer Network Security


CSIS 3275

Software Engineering


CSIS 3280

Web Based Scripting


CSIS 3475

Data Structures and Algorithms


CSIS 2260

Operating Systems


CSIS 2270

Virtualization and Computer Networking


CSIS 3175*

Mobile Application Development


CSIS 3300

Database II


CSIS 3380

Advanced Web Programming with JavaScript and AJAX


Total Credits


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

career transfer pathways

High demand occupations in the information and communications technology sector include:

  • information systems analysts and consultants
  • computer and network operators and web technicians
  • computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • software engineers
  • graphic designers and illustrators
  • computer and information systems managers
  • database analysts and data administrators
admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:


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

  2. 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.
application deadlines
Full Time
  • Winter Deadline: Nov 01
  • Fall Deadline: Jun 01
Part Time
  • Winter Deadline: Nov 01
  • Summer Deadline: Mar 01
  • Fall Deadline: Jun 01
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. 

noticeupcoming application deadlines
  • Full-time Winter deadline:
    Nov 01
  • Part-time Winter deadline:
    Nov 01
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