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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
March 5, 2015

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Computer Science and Business Administration

The combination of Laurierís strong Business Administration degree with a Computer Science degree creates a 'total package' graduate combining technical know-how, analytical skills, and business expertise. There is a strong market for the technically savvy business graduate.

Career examples

Current Business and Computer Science co-op placements and jobs after graduation are primarily in the intersection of business and computer science:

  • a business position requiring strong programming skills,
  • a business position for an IT vendor, or
  • an IT job requiring business skills.

The Business and Computer Science double degree program consists of 25 credits taken in less than five years. You will take five courses per academic term, a regular load, for ten academic terms. The program is challenging but students with a strong aptitude in mathematics will find this program rewarding. Although a high school course in computer science is useful, the first year computer science courses will provide the student with the required background.

Over the last few years, technology jobs have shifted from the IT vendor community to firms using IT across various industries. If you view yourself primarily as an IT person, a computing professional who combines strong technical skills with business competencies is in demand. Understanding the business needs, applications, economics, etc of your firm or your clientís firm is increasingly important for the computing professional. Your employer will value your ability to feel equally at home in the business environment or the IT environment.

If you view yourself primarily as a business person, the market is strong for the technically savvy business graduates. The finance industry, in particular, has found the combination of a good grounding in business with strong math, analysis, and programming skills extremely attractive. Skills in database and internet computing are especially valued as marketing diversifies from print and media to new technologies.

Hands-on Experience

Hands-on experience is key to a studentís understanding of computing fundamentals. To this end, all of our first and second year required computing courses have a laboratory component where students apply concepts learned in the lectures.

Co-op Experience

All students in the Computer Science and Business Administration double degree program are automatically accepted into co-op and, if you select the co-op option, you will have the option of taking co-op for either three or four terms.

Sample Schedule: Computer Science and Business Administration with four co-op work terms

September - December

January - April

May - August

Year 1

Introduction to Business Organization
Introduction to Programming
Introduction to Microeconomics
Calculus I
Functional Areas of the Organization
Data Structures I
Introduction to Macroeconomics
Calculus II
Thermodynamics & Waves

†Summer Vacation

Year 2

Organizational Behaviour I
Intro to Object Oriented Programming
Digital Electronics
Differential Equations I
Introduction to Mathematical Proofs

Microprocessor I
Data Structures II
Database I
Introductory Linear Algebra
Discrete Mathematics

Work Term 1

Year 3

Introduction to Financial Accounting
Managerial Statistics
Algorithm Design and Analysis I
Operating Systems
one computer science elective course

Work Term 2

Business Law
Managerial Accounting
Business Decision Models
Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis for Management
Software Engineering

Year 4

Work Term 3

Intro to Marketing Management
Human Resources Management
Financial Management I
Operations Management I
Introduction to Scientific Computation

Building & Managing Products, Services & Brands
Financial Management II
Operations Management II
Organizational Behavior II
Intro to Management Information Systems

Year 5

Work Term 4

Business Policy I
Computer Networks
Fundamentals of Computing
three computer science elective courses
Business Policy II
three business elective courses