Computer Science offers courses in several programs: CIS, BCIS, service courses, University Studies - Emphasis in Computer Science, and general interest.

Computer Information Systems (CIS)
Computer Information Systems (CIS) is a two-year diploma program, available with Co-op Education. It includes five courses per semester for four semesters, with the possibility of up to five Co-op workterms. It functions as the first two years of the BCIS. That is, if you complete the two years of the CIS diploma you may transfer into the third year of the BCIS degree. Such transfer may also be possible for graduates of other similar two-year diplomas. 

Bachelor of Computer Information Systems (BCIS)
Bachelor of Computer Information Systems (BCIS) is a four-year applied degree program, available with Co-op Education.It includes five courses per semester for wight semesters.

Service Courses
Service courses are Computer Science courses taken as part of other OC programs. At present, these courses are limited to COSC 115 and COSC 122.

University Studies Courses / Transfer
University Studies courses are Okanagan College courses for which agreements are in place to have the courses accepted for credit at a university should you wish to transfer there, to get a Bachelor of Science degree, for example. Okanagan College looks forward to receiving students from other institutions within BC and elsewhere. If you would like to see how the courses you took elsewhere transfer to us, you can look at the BC Transfer Guide.

Associate of Science Degree Emphasis in Computer Science

Okanagan College offers a Computer Science emphasis as part of the Associate of Science degree. Learn more about that option here.

General Interest 
A general interest course (COSC 122, COSC 180) is a course for anyone who wants a non-technical overview of the field of computing.

Concentration in Computer Information Systems

The Concentration in Computer Information Systems provides students with skills in computer programming, database development, management and administration. Students can develop competence in areas such as Java and Visual programming, programming for mobile devices, web programming, and database systems administrations.

This concentration option will be of interest to Bachelor of Business Administration degree students who are looking to strengthen their information technology background. Students, who enroll in the Bachelor of Business Administration program, can apply credits earned in the completion of their electives in COSC courses toward their BBA degree with a Concentration in Computer Information Systems.

Program Outline

Offering a concentration in CIS to the BBA degree provides a new opportunity for business students at Okanagan College. This concentration starts off with students developing a foundation in computer programming, then progresses into database management systems, and allows students to branch out into several areas of Information systems.  BBA degree students who select this concentration will be better prepared for global employment in information technology applications, technology management and administration. 

Students must successfully complete the following set of courses to receive a Concentration in Computer Information Systems:

1. COSC 111 - Computer Programming I

2. COSC 121- Computer Programming II

3. COSC 304 - Introduction to Database Management Systems
        (*prerequisites: COSC 126 and COSC 221; or COSC 121, BUAD 283, MATH 114 and one of STAT 121 or 124).

4. Three more COSC courses with at least two of the courses completed at the 300/400 level. Students would select three courses            from the following list: COSC 219, COSC 222, COSC 315, COSC 331, COSC 341, COSC 360, COSC 404, COSC 416, COSC              419, COSC 434.
Note that some 300-level courses will require either COSC 219 or COSC 222 be completed first.

Completion Requirements

The Concentration in Computer Information Systems will be granted upon the successful completion of 18 credits as specified in the program outline.

For more information:

For details on any of our courses or programs, please look in the OC calendar, or contact the chair.

Last updated: 2016 06 12