Computer Science

Why study Computer Science? Why Okanagan College?

Experience the OC Advantage. Train in one of Canada’s growing technology hotspots, and then put your skills to work anywhere in the world.

  • Bursting with startups and innovative leading firms, the Okanagan is home to a billion-dollar tech sector that employs more than 7,600 people. 
  • B.C.’s $26 billion tech sector boast 9,500 companies, employs more than 100,000 people (with another 50,000-plus tech-related jobs in other industries such as mining, forestry and energy) and wages are 75% higher (about $1,600 per week) than the province’s industrial average according to a recent report
  • It is projected that Canada will need more than 182,000 skilled workers in the tech sector by 2022, with need for more than 25,000 in B.C. alone.

Gain a competitive edge, even before you graduate

A diploma or degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS) from Okanagan College opens the door to a wide array of careers in IT. Both programs offer students the chance to complete capstone projects and pursue co-op placements (work-integrated learning), to build real-world skills and network with industry employers. 

Go beyond the classroom

Okanagan College students compete in provincial, national and international competitions and play key roles in applied research projects. Check out all the exciting student and faculty projects in the media pages. View current research by Dr. Youry Khmelevsky, Computer Science Program Chair.

Get connected. Seek out networking opportunities with the region's leading technology organizations. Check out Accelerate Okanagan for the latest tech sector news, or visit their job board to find the latest postings for developers, project managers and more. Okanagan College is an educational partner of the new Okanagan Centre for Innovation; learn more about that project and some of the opportunities it will create for students here.

Find the program that is right for you

  • Degree in computer information systems (BCIS)
  • Diploma in computer information systems (CIS)
  • University Studies courses (for students who plan on transferring to university)
  • Concentration in CIS for Bachelor of Business Administration degree students

Get oriented

Interested in a program but want to know more about it? Participate in our orientation sessions. You can check out the orientation session slides online:

Where can you complete the CIS diploma or BCIS degree?

Students complete the majority of CIS diploma and BCIS degree courses at the Kelowna campus, however a number of courses are available at other campuses. Consult the CIS program page and BCIS program page for more information.

The CIS diploma is the first two years of the BCIS degree. Students wanting to enter or return to the workforce quickly can complete the CIS diploma and then return (either full-time or part-time) to complete the BCIS degree. If you have time before you rejoin the workforce, start directly in the BCIS degree.

Who studies Computer Science? 

Okanagan College Computer Science students hail from more than 24 countries. And while the sector has traditionally seen a higher ratio of men to women studying computer science, there have never been more opportunities and support available for women entering the field. Click on Tuition and Financial Awards to find awards and bursaries specific to computer science. 

Contact us

Have a question? Explore the menu on the left for more information, or contact the Chair of the Department.