Undergraduate Admission, Queen's University, Canada

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[human media lab]



[students participating in QHacks]

Bachelor of Computing, Honours (BCmpH)
OUAC code: QD

Computing and the Creative Arts:
Bachelor of Arts, Honours (BAH)

OUAC code: QA

Computing Science is one of the top degrees in North America in terms of career opportunities. That’s a good reason to study it – but it’s not the only reason. It is also one of the most exciting and diverse subjects of study today, particularly at Queen’s School of Computing.

Whether your interest is computer science, software design, or game development, we can offer you a vast range of courses. We provide a variety of innovative and exciting interdisciplinary programs such as biomedical computing, computing and mathematics, cognitive science, or computing and the creative arts. And we’ll give you the chance to work with award-winning researchers during your undergraduate studies.

Why Study Computing at Queen's?

Interested students have the opportunity, both in the summer and throughout the year, to work in one of the many research labs in the School on cutting-edge projects, such as wearable technology or drone technology, showcased on our own Creative Computing day. Students who choose to do so may publish papers from their work and attend conferences to present it.

Students also have the opportunity to present their course projects to the public at our annual Creative Computing Showcase.

[Creative Computing Showcase]

Our Facilities

Undergraduates in the School of Computing can take advantage of our 22 research labs such as the Human Media Lab (pictured above), which, as one of Canada’s premier media laboratories, has a mandate to develop disruptive technologies and new ways of working with computers. Through the School’s network of labs, students access leading software such as Unity and Matlab. Our hosted cloud services give students a platform to learn industry-leading technologies like managing virtual hosts and collaborative development using Gitlab.

Learn by Doing

Internships are a great way to learn by doing. Students can complete a 12-16 month, paid, professional internship with a top employer. By doing so, you will earn academic credits to top up your degree and gain hands-on experience to help you land a job after graduation.

Computing Programs

[students showing off their Arduino]

Biomedical Computing

Queen’s was the pioneer in undergraduate Biomedical Computing, one of today’s most promising fields in health research. Biomedical Computing goes far beyond simply bringing computers into the lab. The ways in which computers can improve health care are almost limitless. Computers are used to plan surgeries, simulate patient behaviour and visualize complex biological models. They shorten the cycles for medical research, just as they extend its boundaries.

Courses in this multi-disciplinary program include Computer-Integrated Surgery, Genetics, Computational Biology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Artificial Intelligence, and Software Development. Eclectic and open-ended, Biomedical Computing is ideal for students thinking about a wide variety of careers in computing as well as medicine and medical research.

More about Biomedical Computing…

Cognitive Science

Computers can play chess – could they one day diagnose illnesses or write symphonies? These are questions explored in our Cognitive Science program. Cognitive scientists are probing the concept of intelligence in humans and animals – trying, indeed, to define it – in order to program intelligent computers that are not only capable of performing complex tasks, but of thinking complex thoughts.

Drawing on psychology, philosophy, linguistics, neuroscience, and computing, this ambitious, far-ranging program explores the science of the mind and thought.

More about the Cognitive Science program…

Computer Science

Computer science explores the science and principles that underlie computing. The program offered at Queen’s provides broad training in the field, along with the opportunity to focus on specific areas such as artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, computing theory, and programming languages. And our state-of-the-art facilities help our programs keep up with the evolving demands of the industry.

Whether you plan to one day work as a software developer or a systems analyst, an information architect or a database administrator, as a Queen’s Computer Science graduate you will be well-prepared for any number of careers in the technology industry and beyond.

The program has been accredited by the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS), which lets you apply for accelerated accreditation as an Information Systems Professional.

More about the Computer Science program…

[flexible phone prototype]

Computing and Mathematics

The specialization in Computing and Mathematics is for students aiming to do graduate work in the theory of computing or in an applied area of Computing that requires significant mathematical expertise, such as communications, optimization, security, or biomedical computing.

This program gives students a potent combination of skills in computer science as well as mathematics, preparing them well to pursue advanced degrees or take up careers in a variety of areas in the industry.

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Software Design

The School of Computing’s Software Design program is for those destined to push the capabilities of computer systems beyond their current limits. Mentored in the art and science of computer software architecture, analysis, and evolution by experts in Ultra-Large Scale Software Systems and Gaming research, our graduates become the software architects, graphics and game developers, designers and entrepreneurs who drive the software revolution.

Potential students interested in software design might want to consider our program’s Game Development stream. Game Development is a creative activity, requiring inspiration to spark new ideas, and collaboration among the many types of professionals to create and evaluate game ideas. It provides you with the deep skills and knowledge of the software aspects needed for computer game development, while retaining the core requirements of the Software Design program. You finish your studies with the qualifications you need to work in the software industry or take on graduate studies.

The program has been accredited by the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS), which lets you apply for accelerated accreditation as an Information Systems Professional.

More about the Software Design program…

​Computing and the Creative Arts

Bachelor of Arts, Honours (BAH)
OUAC code: QA

This innovative degree is aimed at students with interests and abilities in both computing and the creative arts. Students who enrol in this program take courses offered by Art History, Drama, Film and Media, or Music, while maintaining a solid concentration in Computer Science.

Learn how to use cutting-edge computer software programs for artistic production, develop new approaches to artistic expression, and acquire the technical expertise to develop new applications and take full advantage of future trends in digital technology. Imagine interactive fashion, multi-screen performance or digital art galleries of the future.

More about Computing and the Creative Arts…