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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
July 24, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Business and Computer Science



Business and Computer Science at Laurier 

The prestigious Laurier Honours Bachelor of Business Administration can be combined with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Laurier. These combined business and computing programs will give you the skills to succeed in the information technology division of a major company, in the management if a technology enterprise, in the business division of a technology firm, or as an entrepreneur.

Program highlights  

 

  • Laurier is one of Canada’s leading business schools. Although one of the largest business schools in the country, our School of Business & Economics places importance on its smaller class sizes and sense of community on campus.
  • Laurier’s Department of Physics & Computer Science is a small multidisciplinary department whose faculty members’ diverse backgrounds combine to deliver traditional programs such as Computer Science and Physics, as well as unique programs in Computing & Computer Electronics and Photonics. Programs in the department also have small class sizes and extensive laboratory components. 
  • Skills in database and Internet computing are especially valued as marketing diversifies from print and broadcast media to new technologies. Combining Business Administration with a Computer Science degree creates a “total package” graduate, combining technical know-how, analytical skills and business expertise. 

Courses offered 

First-year courses

 

  • Intro to Business Organization
  • Functional Areas of the Organization
  • Intro to Microeconomics
  • Intro to Macroeconomics
  • Calculus for Business & Economics Students

Popular courses

Business courses

 

  • New Venture Creation 
  • E-Business Marketing 
  • Business Law
  • Entrepreneurial Finance High-Tech Marketing

Computing courses 

 

  • Digital Electronics 
  • Electronics Laboratory 
  • Data Communications and Networks 
  • Windows Application Programming 

Admission requirements 

Honours BBA, Honours BSc Computer Science 

4U Requirements IB Requirements  Admission Range 

English at 70%;

Advanced Functions at 70%; 

Calculus & Vectors at 60%

Minimum average of 80% in the prerequisite 4U Math courses

Note: Prerequisites courses will be included in admission average  

 HL or SL English at 4; 

HL or SL Mathematics at 5 

High 80s

IB Minimum score: 33 

 

Careers 

Graduates of this program are comfortable in the traditional software programming and system analysis environments, but they are uniquely suited for engineering environments that require knowledge of and appreciation for both hardware technology and the software required to drive modern embedded systems. 

Student experience 

Cassandra Taylor came to Laurier with a plan. She would study business and then, upon graduating, enrol in law school. All of this changed when Taylor was offered a chance to participate in the double degree Business and Computing program. “I accepted the offer into BBA and computing because the program offered so many possibilities,” she says. “I really like that I have two different concentrations and am not bombarded strictly by business or computer science classes.” 

After she got more involved in the science department, Taylor realized that a medical career was “the one” for her. Taylor finds the program offers an equal balance between computer science and business. In one of her co-op positions, she found her “understanding of business practices was vital” to her application of computer knowledge in completing software customizations. 

Upon graduating, Taylor is planning on attending medical school with hopes of becoming a pediatrician. Her ultimate goal is to someday advance the technology used in pediatric care. 

Faculty experience 

Originally a mathematician, Dr. Angèle Hamel is now a theoretical computer scientist working with algorithms and data structures, the basic building blocks of computer programming, to help speed the computing process. “Algorithms are the recipes, the set of instructions that make up your program,” she says. “Data structures allow you to organize your input and manipulate it. Everyone wants faster, more efficient algorithms, and better data structures can also make the algorithms run faster and more efficiently.” 

Hamel is also very interested in the combinatorics of phylogenetic networks. Phylogenetic networks are an innovative twist on phylogenetic trees, which are used to model evolutionary relationships. With a phylogenetic tree, the leaves represent living species and the internal nodes represent extinct ancestors — real or inferred from the existing species. A phylogenetic network, on the other hand, is a more general structure than a phylogenetic tree, and it can model such things as gene splicing and hybridization. 

In addition to being an active researcher, with considerable funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Hamel is an effective teacher, delivering courses on algorithm design and analysis, applied cryptography (which is very popular with students) and a first-year course on data structures. What makes teaching rewarding, she says “is when the students get it, when the light bulb goes on. It’s fun to communicate ideas.” 

Alumni experience 

Two years ago, Greg Overholt was still a student at Laurier working towards completing his Business Administration and Computer Science degree. Now he is the executive director of the national charity, Students Offering Support (SOS). While still a student at Laurier, Overholt founded Laurier SOS, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing first-and second-year students with exam help and preparation at Laurier. Now, SOS has grown into a national charitable association with support chapters at 15 universities across Canada. SOS has raised over $240,000 in the last four years.

The Business Administration and Computer Science double degree program definitely helped get things off the ground for Overholt and his social entrepreneurship venture. While the business background gave him the capability to run a national charity and made it easier to communicate with business professionals, the computer science program provided him with the skills and knowledge to build and maintain SOS’s complex IT infrastructure in its online volunteer portal, which consists of over 80,000 lines of code, and SOS’s Content Management System, which allows SOS to create and manage its 18 university chapter websites seamlessly.

Overholt credits Laurier’s supportive community with helping him develop his vision and achieve his aspirations. “The opportunity to go ahead and start something new is what really made my Laurier experience unbelievable.”