Students can obtain both a professional bachelor's degree (such as BESc, BA Honors Business Administration, BFA, BMus, BMusA, LLB) and a BSc in Computer Science, by being registered in both degree programs at the same time. This allows the student to complete both degrees in less time than if the two degrees were pursued separately. The Computer Science degree can be in any of the three-year or four-year programs available.
For example, many students have obtained both a Bachelor of Engineering Science and a three-year BSc in Computer Science over a five-year period. With a four-year BSc program in Computer Science, the length of time to complete both degrees would be six years. Note that students in the BESc program in Software Engineering are not allowed to take a concurrent degree in Computer Science, since there is extensive overlap in the two fields.
Combined Honors BSc Computer Science/JD Program is a special program that allows students to obtain both the BSc Honours Computer Science and the Law JD degree in six years, instead of seven years if the programs were pursued separately.
Guidelines for Concurrent Degrees
Interested students should consult with the Office of the Dean of Science to determine which courses they will need to take in order to obtain their BSc in Computer Science, according to the following guidelines:
- Courses from the professional bachelor's degree can be used in place of subsidiary courses (options).
- Courses from the professional bachelor's degree that are judged equivalent to required courses in the Computer Science program can also be counted.
- At most 10.0 courses from such a professional degree can be counted towards the Computer Science degree.
- The Dean's Office, Faculty of Science, decides which courses from the professional degree count towards the Computer Science degree.
The UWO Academic Calendar contains the guidelines for registering in Concurrent Degrees (2003).
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