Computer science drives innovation in the 21st Century. From influencing the space program and contributing to models of personalized medicine, to solving life and business challenges through big data applications, computer science is all about exploring possibilities and influencing outcomes. The Department of Computer Science at Western is responsive to rapidly
What You’ll Learn
The work of a computer scientist falls into several categories, and students in the Department of Computer Science at Western acquire skills and experience in all. Undergraduates learn skills that allow them to design and build software as well as develop effective ways to solve computing problems, including storing information in databases, sending data over networks, and providing new solutions to cyber-security issues. Our students also acquire the expertise needed to devise new and better ways to address challenges in big data, game development, medical imaging, social and mobile computing and in bioinformatics.
Our flagship programs in Computer Science grant degrees that are accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Council (CSAC) and the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS), facilitating subsequent professional certification as an Information Systems Professional and Information Technology Certified Professional.
Computer Science graduates at Western are prepared for careers in the following fields:
User Interface Designer
In 2016, the Princeton Review named Western Computer Science among the top destinations in the world to study game design. Our Minor in Game Development examines the design and programming of games, leveraging the latest engines and technologies, and culminating in a year-long game development project
Medical Health Informatics sits at the intersection of information and computer science, medicine and healthcare. This interdisciplinary module explores how data are collected, processed and used in a healthcare
Learning in real-world contexts prepares our students for successful integration into the workforce. Future game developers benefit from courses set up as game development studios. Students take on leadership roles in simulated consultant firms and assume ownership of technical deliverables and project management responsibilities, from the determination of requirements and production of timelines to communications with the client.
You don’t have to wait until the completion of your degree to get started on a career in computer science. At Western, the Propel program provides institutional support and guidance to students who are prepared to take their innovations to market through tech transfer facilitation, intellectual property protection, or business planning resulting in a start-up enterprise.
Our fourth-year thesis course gives undergraduate students the opportunity to connect one-on-one with our faculty. Thesis research topics cover all areas of computing, from augmented reality and computation