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The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department offers courses leading to a bachelor of arts (BA), a bachelor of science (BSc) and an international bachelor of arts and bachelor of science (iBA and iBSc). For the BSc and iBSc, students must take courses in foundational science.

General Prerequisites

Most 3000- and 4000-level EECS courses require the following general prerequisites, in addition to or including other course specific prerequisites: LE/EECS 2011 3.00; a cumulative grade point average of 4.50 or better over all completed major EECS science courses.

Note: the course LE/EECS 1019 3.00 (cross-listed to: SC/MATH 1019 3.00) is a major computer science course.

Courses in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

A supplemental calendar detailing courses and topics to be offered is available from the department office in March and also on the webpage under Program Information: http://www.cse.yorku.ca/cscurrent_students/undergrad_students/index.html

For the purpose of satisfying departmental degree requirements, the major credits taken outside the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science may not exceed six credits in core areas (here defined to be 1000- and 2000-level major courses, 3000-level major courses satisfying the breadth requirement and, for Specialized Honours students, any required 3000- and 4000-level major courses) and 12 credits in total.

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science does not permit any student to take more than three major computer science courses per term except in the BEng degree programs (four major courses are allowed per term) during the fall and winter terms. A lower upper limit (two major courses, three for BEng candidates) applies during the summer term. Students who work full-time are strongly advised to take no more than two major courses in any term.

Course numbering: We follow the convention that courses with 5 as the second digit of the course number may be used as Electives (with some restrictions as detailed in the University and in the Departmentís supplemental calendars) but do not count as major credits. In the case of Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Software Engineering Programs, 3000- and 4000-level EECS courses are divided into four areas as follows: theory and numerical computation (second digit is 1), systems (second digit is 2), software development (second digit is 3) and applications (second digit is 4).

Courses in the department typically have three class hours per week, and many also have mandated weekly or biweekly Labs for one term, for a credit value per course of 3 or 4 (indicated by course numbers ending in 3.00 or 4.00 respectively), unless otherwise indicated.

The Program Core

The computer science program core is defined as these 32 computer science credits and 9 mathematics credits:

Note: to satisfy computer science degree requirements, SC/MATH 1013 3.00 may be taken in lieu of SC/MATH 1300 3.00; SC/MATH 1014 3.00 may be taken in lieu of SC/MATH 1310 3.00; SC/MATH 1021 3.00 or SC/MATH 2221 3.00 may be taken in lieu of SC/MATH 1025 3.00.

BA Programs

All BA, Honours BA and Honours iBA degree candidates must comply with the BA general education requirement: 24 credits chosen from humanities, modes of reasoning, natural science and social science 1000 and/or 2000 level courses, with the constraint that at least 6.00 credits must be chosen from each of humanities, social science and natural science areas, but no more that 9.00 credits should be in any one of the four areas. In addition, all computer science Honours and Specialized Honours BA degree programs (except the Honours minor BA program), require the successful completion of at least 30 credits which are neither computer science nor mathematics courses.

All BA, Honours BA, Specialized Honours BA and Honours iBA degree candidates must choose at least 18 elective credits outside the major. Moreover, these elective credits may not be part of the general education or any other named requirements (such as MATH requirements). Honours double major and major/minor programs automatically meet this regulation. The various BA program degree and standing requirements are specified below.

Bachelor Program (BA)

To graduate in a bachelor program. A minimum overall grade point average of 4.00 (C) is required in order to be eligible to graduate with a BA degree (bachelor program).

  • The program core, as specified above;
  • the BA general education requirements, as specified above;
  • at least three credits from LE/EECS 3221 3.00, LE/EECS 3215 4.00;
  • at least three credits from LE/EECS 3401 3.00, LE/EECS 3421 3.00, LE/EECS 3461 3.00;
  • at least six additional credits from computer science courses at the 3000 level, for an overall total of at least 41 credits from computer science courses;
  • additional elective credits, as required for an overall total of at least 90 credits, of which at least 18 credits are at the 3000 level or higher, including at least 12 credits in the major.

Honours Programs (Honours BA)

To graduate in an Honours program requires successful completion of all Faculty requirements and departmental required courses and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.

Specialized Honours BA Program

  • The program core, as specified above;
  • the BA general education requirements, as specified above;
  • SC/MATH 1025 3.00; SC/MATH 2030 3.00;
  • LE/EECS 3000 3.00;
  • at least three credits from LSE/EECS 3221 3.00, LE/EECS 3215 4.00;
  • at least three credits from LE/EECS 3401 3.00, LE/EECS 3421 3.00, LE/EECS 3461 3.00;
  • at least three additional credits from computer science courses at the 3000 level;
  • at least 12 credits from computer science courses at the 4000 level, including LE/EECS 4101 3.00 or LE/EECS 4111 3.00 or LE/EECS 4115 3.00;
  • at least six additional credits from computer science courses at the 3000 or 4000 level, for an overall total of at least 63 credits from computer science courses;
  • additional elective credits, as required for an overall total of at least 120 credits, at least 36 credits at the 3000 or higher level, of which at least 18 credits must be at the 4000 level and at least 30 credits which are neither computer science nor mathematics.

Specialized Honours BA Program (Communication Networks Stream)

Specialized Honours BA Program (Intelligent Systems Stream)

Note: LE/EECS 3215 4.00 and LE/EECS 3451 4.00 are also recommended as complementing the stream.

Specialized Honours BA Program (Interactive Systems Stream)

Specialized Honours BA Program (Software Development Stream)

Honours Major, Honours Double Major and Honours Major/Minor Programs

An Honours Major in computer science may be taken standalone in an Honours Major BA degree program or combined with an Honours Major in another subject area in an Honours Double Major BA degree program, or with an Honours Minor in another subject area in an Honours Major/Minor BA degree program. The Honours Double Major BA programs described below may be pursued jointly with any other Honours bachelor degree program in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health, Lassonde School of Engineering, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies or in the following programs in the Faculty of Science: applied mathematics, mathematics, mathematics for education, statistics. Possible subject combinations are listed under Undergraduate Degree Programs in the Lassonde School of Engineering Undergraduate Degree and Certificate Programs section.

The Honours BA programs described below may be pursued jointly with any Honours Minor bachelor degree program in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health, Lassonde School of Engineering, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies or Science.

The following are the minimum requirements:

  • the BA general education requirements, as specified above;
  • the computer science Honours Major requirements below;
  • the course requirements for the possible second major or the minor;
  • additional elective credits, as required for an overall total of at least 120 credits, at least 36 credits at the 3000 or higher level, of which at least 18 credits must be at the 4000 level and at least 30 credits which are neither computer science nor mathematics.

It is recommended that students in the Honours Major, Honours Double Major or Honours Major/Minor programs, where computer science is the major, take a linear algebra course such as SC/MATH 1025 3.00 among their electives.

Honours Major Program (Honours BA)

  • The program core, as specified above;
  • the BA general education requirements, as specified above;
  • SC/MATH 2030 3.00;
  • LE/EECS 3000 3.00;
  • at least three credits from LE/EECS 3221 3.00, LE/EECS 3215 4.00;
  • at least three credits from LE/EECS 3401 3.00, LE/EECS 3421 3.00, LE/EECS 3461 3.00;
  • at least 12 credits from computer science courses at the 4000 level, for an overall total of at least 53 credits from computer science courses;
  • additional elective credits, as required for an overall total of at least 120 credits, at least 36 credits at the 3000 or higher level, of which at least 18 credits must be at the 4000 level and at least 30 credits which are neither computer science nor mathematics.

Honours Minor BA Program

Notes:

  • In order to obtain an Honours BA (120 credits) students must take a total of at least 18 credits at the 4000 level, including at least 12 credits at the 4000 level in each Honours Major or Specialized Honours major.

International Bachelor of Arts (Honours iBA)

Honours Major (Honours iBA)

Degree candidates must comply with general regulations specified in the Lassonde School of Engineering Regulations Governing Undergraduate Degree Requirements section by completing the following (in addition to the computer science and mathematics courses from the program core):

  • a total of 120 credits;
  • the BA general education requirements, as specified above;
  • 30 required credits outside the major, consisting of:
    • at least 18 credits of language study in one of the modern languages offered at York University, including the Advanced I university-level course in the chosen language;
    • at least 12 credits of internationally-oriented courses chosen outside the major;
    • at least one full term abroad as a full-time student at one of York University’s exchange partners.

To graduate in an Honours program requires successful completion of all Faculty requirements and departmental required courses and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.

  • the program core, as specified above;
  • the BA general education requirements, as specified above;
  • SC/MATH 2030 3.00;
  • LE/EECS 3000 3.00;
  • at least three credits from LE/EECS 3221 3.00, LE/EECS 3215 4.00;
  • at least three credits from LE/EECS 3401 3.00, LE/EECS 3421 3.00, LE/EECS 3461 3.00;
  • at least 12 credits from computer science courses at the 4000 level, for an overall total of 54 credits from computer science courses;
  • additional elective credits, as required for an overall total of at least 120 credits, at least 36 credits at the 3000 or higher level, of which at least 18 credits must be at the 4000 level.

Note: SC/MATH 1025 3.00 is recommended.

The Honours Major described above may also be pursued as the major in a Major/Minor program.

For further details on the international bachelor of arts, refer to the International Bachelor of Arts and International Bachelor of Science in the Programs of Study section.

BSc Programs

Bachelor Program (BSc)

A. General education:

B. Major requirements:

C. Science breadth: 24 credits in science disciplines outside the major, of which three credits must be at the 2000 level or above. 15 of these 24 credits are satisfied by the general education requirement.

D. Upper level requirement: a minimum of 18 credits at the 3000 level or higher.

E. Additional elective credits, as required, for an overall total of 90 credits.

F. Standing requirements: a minimum overall grade point average of 4.00 (C) is required in order to be eligible to graduate with a BSc degree (bachelor program).

Honours Programs (Honours BSc)

Specialized Honours BSc Program

A. General education:

B. Major requirements:

Specialized Honours BSc Program (Communication Networks Stream)

Specialized Honours BSc Program (Intelligent Systems Stream)

Note: LE/EECS 3215 4.00 and LE/EECS 3451 4.00 are also recommended as complementing the stream.

Specialized Honours BSc Program (Interactive Systems Stream)

Specialized Honours BSc Program (Software Development Stream)

C. Science breadth: 24 credits in science disciplines outside the major, of which three credits must be at the 2000 level or above. 21 of these 24 credits, including 3 credits at the 2000 level, are satisfied by the above requirements.

D. Upper level requirement: a minimum of 42 credits at the 3000 level or higher.

E. Additional elective credits, as required, for an overall total of 120 credits.

F. Standing requirements: to graduate requires successful completion of all Faculty requirements and departmental required courses and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.

Honours Major, Honours Double Major and Honours Major/Minor Programs

An Honours Major in computer science may be taken standalone in an Honours Major BSc degree program or combined with an Honours Major in another subject area in an Honours Double Major BSc degree program, or with an Honours Minor in another subject area in an Honours Major/Minor BSc degree program. Possible subject combinations are listed under Undergraduate Degree Programs in the Lassonde School of Engineering Undergraduate Degree and Certificate Programs section. Students should consult the departmental undergraduate handbook or a departmental advisor to plan their studies in order to meet the requirements for both majors, or for the minor.

  • The general education requirements, as specified below and including choices appropriate for the possible second major or the minor;
  • the computer science Honours Major requirements below;
  • the course requirements for the possible second major or the minor;

It is recommended that students in the Honours Major, Honours Double Major or Honours Major/Minor programs, where computer science is the major, take a linear algebra course such as SC/MATH 1025 3.00 among their electives.

Honours Major BSc Program

A. General education:

B. Major requirements:

  • the program core, as specified above;
  • SC/MATH 2030 3.00;
  • LE/EECS 3000 3.00;
  • at least three credits from LE/EECS 3221 3.00, LE/EECS 3214 4.00;
  • at least three credits from LE/EECS 3401 3.00, LE/EECS 3421 3.00; LE/EECS 3461 3.00;
  • at least 12 credits from computer science courses at the 4000 level, for an overall total of at least 54 credits from computer science courses;
  • at least 30 credits which are neither computer science nor mathematics. 18 of these 30 credits are satisfied by the general education requirement;
  • the course requirements for the second major or the minor, if such a program is chosen.

C. Science breadth: 24 credits in science disciplines outside the major, of which three credits must be at the 2000 level or above. 18 of these 24 credits, including 3 credits at the 2000 level, are satisfied by the above requirements. Not required if the other major or minor is another science discipline.

D. Upper level requirement: a minimum of 42 credits at the 3000 level or higher.

E. Additional elective credits, as required, for an overall total of 120 credits.

F. Standing requirements: to graduate requires successful completion of all Faculty requirements and departmental required courses and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.

Honours Minor

International Bachelor of Science Program (Honours iBSc)

Honours Major (Honours iBSc)

All iBSc degree candidates must complete the following:

A. General education:

B. Major requirements:

In addition, the following must be completed for the international component:

  • a minimum of 12 credits of language study in one of the languages offered at York University;
  • a minimum of 12 credits of non-science courses with an international component (refer to sample list of courses in International Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in the Programs section); this may also serve to meet the non-science requirement of the BSc general education component;
  • an additional six credits of language study or non-science international component courses for a total of 30 credits;
  • one to two exchange terms abroad as a full-time student at an institution with which York has a formal exchange agreement.

C. Science breadth: 24 credits in science disciplines outside the major, of which three credits must be at the 2000 level or above. 21 credits, including 3 at the 2000 level, are satisfied by the above requirements.

D. Upper level requirement: a minimum of 42 credits at the 3000 level or above.

E. Additional elective credits, as required, for an overall total of 120 credits.

F. Standing requirements: to graduate in an Honours program requires successful completion of all Faculty requirements and departmental required courses and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.

For further details of the international bachelor of science, refer to the International Bachelor of Arts and International Bachelor of Science in the Programs of Study section.

International Dual Degree in Computer Science (BSc and Honours BSc)

In collaboration with the Departments of Computer Science in the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (BRSU) and the University of Crete (UOC), the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers an International Dual Degree program in Computer Science (BSc and Specialized Honours BSc only). This program is demanding and will be of interest to students with high academic standing, measured by a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 6.00 (B) or higher overall computer science (EECS) courses completed (major GPA) by the time where approximately 60 total credits are completed (end of the second year of study at York).

Students in the program, after two years of study at York, but before the completion of the York degree requirements, will be eligible, subject to the aforementioned GPA requirement, to continue their studies as York international exchange students in the EU for a full year of study, divided between BRSU in the fall term and UOC in the winter term. UOC will provide specialized computer science courses and will be the location where a research internship and an undergraduate thesis will be completed. The thesis and internship activities will be conducted in English. Study at two universities in distinct geographic and linguistic/cultural settings adds value to the exchange and broadens the learning experience.

The program of study is precisely regulated as dictated by the need to meet both the degree requirements of York University and BRSU. At the end of Year 3, the exchange year, students who have progressed normally will have met both the BRSU Bachelor of Science in Informatik (equivalent to York’s BSc 90-credit degree) requirements as well as those of the BSc in computer science (York) and may graduate with both of these degrees from the respective institutions. York students will return and complete a fourth year of study at York University to fulfill their BSc Specialized Honours degree requirements and graduate with the Honours degree. York International administers all exchanges under this program in collaboration with the International Offices in BRSU and UOC.

Reciprocally, BRSU students will spend a full year of study at York to conclude their third year BRSU requirements taking York University degree-specific substitute courses. Upon successful completion of Year 3, these students will have met both the BRSU and York degree requirements and will be eligible to earn the York BSc degree in computer science (as well as the bachelor of science in Informatik from their home university). All BRSU students in this Dual Degree program must satisfy a modified non-science requirement in lieu of the non-science requirements of the Lassonde School of Engineering, as follows: they must complete at BRSU, normally prior to arrival at York, 18 ECTS (the equivalent of nine York credits) of courses in English, microeconomics, intercultural communications, and law.

Reciprocally, all York students in this Dual Degree program must satisfy a modified non-science requirement in lieu of the current non-science requirements of the Lassonde School of Engineering, as follows: they must complete at York University six further non-science credits in addition to the earned 12 credits in language and culture courses.

Bachelor Program (BSc)
(Not available to Canadian students; applies to BRSU students in the Dual program)

A. General education:

B. Major requirements:

C. Science breadth: 24 credits in science disciplines outside the major, of which three credits must be at the 2000 level or above.

D. Upper level requirement: a minimum of 18 credits at the 3000 level or above.

E. Additional elective credits as required, for an overall total of 90 credits.

F. Standing requirement: a minimum overall grade point average of 4.00 (C) is required in order to be eligible to graduate with a BSc degree (bachelor program).

Specialized Honours BSc Program
(Applies to York students in the Dual program)

A. General education:

B. Major requirements:

C. Science breadth: 24 credits in science disciplines outside the major, of which three credits must be at the 2000 level or above; 21 of these 24 credits, including three at the 3000 level, are satisfied by the above requirements.

D. Honours breadth: At least 30 credits of those completed for the degree must be neither in computer science nor in mathematics.

E. Upper level requirement: at least 42 credits at the 3000 or higher level.

F. Additional elective credits, as required for an overall total of at least 120 credits.

G. Standing requirement: a minimum overall grade point average of 5.00 (C+) is required in order to be eligible to graduate with a BSc Honours.

Note: for an up-to-date list of York-substitute courses offered at BRSU and UOC, for advice on the degree requirements and on possible study progression plans within the dual program, and for an outline of funding opportunities, please contact the undergraduate office of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Pre-departure academic advising is mandatory.


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