Get the information you need for academic planning and connect with experiences to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that employers are seeking.

This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university (refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements). Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

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    “I’m almost always creating things, but I often feel limited by my tools. A large part of my motivation for pursing computer science is to break those limitations. We shouldn’t feel limited by our tools if we’re the ones who create them.”

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Computer Science at UM

As a computer science student at the University of Manitoba, you will learn about the ways in which computers and software aid, inform, and enrich our lives. The department of computer science has many opportunities for you to explore, including the following areas: artificial intelligence, computer systems, databases, human-computer interaction and graphics, networks and security, software engineering, theoretical computer science, and web-based systems. The department also offers joint honours programs in collaboration with mathematics, physics and astronomy and statistics.

Additionally, Data Science is an emerging field of study that combines computer science, mathematics, and statistics to collect, analyze, visualize and interpret data. A good area of study if you are interested in learning how to explore data, analyze data, and draw out meaningful and insightful findings from data.

Skills you will gain by studying COMPUTER SCIENCE

  • A strong theoretical knowledge of how computers work and how they can carry out tasks in software applications
  • The ability to design and construct computer-based systems
  • The ability to think critically and develop algorithmic solutions to complex problems
  • The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing

Year 1 - 30 credit hours

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirementsCOMP 1010 and COMP 1020 (C+ for Major, B for Honours), MATH 1220 or MATH 1300 (C+), MATH 1230 or MATH 1500 (C+) and MATH 1700, STAT 1150

To do this year:

  1. Know the requirements for your degree. Meet with an academic advisor in the Faculty of Science to help you plan your program.
  2. Use UM Achieve by running "what-ifs" to explore different program options & corresponding requirements.
  3. If you need academic support, visit the Computer Science or Math Help Centre or log on to UM Learn to access the LevelUp Program.

CAREER TIPS


Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Research occupations that match your skills and interests.
  3. Set up a UM Connect account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  4. Set up your Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official record of university-approved activities.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including UMSATS, Computer Science Students' Association and devClub.
  2. Volunteer for UM Orientation events to help welcome new students to campus while gaining experience.
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-StudySTEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as the Programming Contest, RoboCup and Canadian Satellite Design Challenge.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Considering international opportunities? Attend World Opportunities Week in November for information about opportunities around the world.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with: Visit Migizii Agamik, the International Centre for Students or learn about local agencies via the Manitoba 211.

Year 2 - 60 credit hours

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements: COMP 2080MATH 1240COMP 2140COMP 2150COMP 2160COMP 2280 and STAT 1000 or STAT 1150

To do this year:

  1. Meet with a department and science advisor to declare your honours or major program (recommended).
  2. Use UM Achieve to prepare a plan for registration.
  3. Consider taking a minor and choose courses that will open opportunities.

CAREER TIPS


Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs to connect with employers.
  3. Become a student affiliate with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
  4. Develop professional connections with professors by applying for an Undergraduate Research Award.

Market your skills: Develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Explore student research opportunities: Apply for a research assistant position, Undergraduate Research Award or NSERC grant.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: Check out Let's Talk Science.

Earn while you learn: Consider applying to the Science Co-operative Education program once you have completed 60 credit hours.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: Consider an international student exchange or Travel Study program, Explore Microsoft Program or Google Software Developer Internship, My World Abroad or SWAP for a "working holiday".

Staying local? Check out UM Community Volunteers or one of the local service-learning programs. Consider learning a new language and culture through the Language Partner Volunteer Progam.

 

Year 3 - 90 credit hours

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements: Refer to the Academic Calendar for course requirements in your honours or major program

To do this year:

  1. Meet with the department or a science advisor to discuss course selection.
  2. Use UM Achieve to prepare a plan for registration.
  3. Meet with your co-op advisor (if applicable).
  4. Consider focusing your education by choosing an area of specialization and selecting courses within your stream.

CAREER TIPS


Investigate your career options:

  1. Look at sample job postings to ensure you have the qualifications upon graduation.
  2. Develop employability and essential skills sought by employers.
  3. Explore supports available to entrepreneurs for business planning including the Stu Clarke Centre for Entrepreneurship, World Trade Centre Winnipeg, and the Manitoba Government.
  4. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.

Consider continuing your studies: Check out the Faculty of Graduate StudiesExtended Education or other professional programs.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Continue or start research: Participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition and/or consider taking COMP 4520 (Honours Project) or COMP 4560 (Industrial Project).

Check out student job opportunities with: City of WinnipegManitoba HydroManitoba Public Insurance, and WISE Kid-Netic Energy.

Search for job opportunities online: Check out Science.ca, TechManitoba, Job BankFind My JobIndeed or other search engines.

Use your networks and connections: Inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: Attend International Week, participate in the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program, volunteer for the International Student Mentorship Program or take part in the Graduation Pow Wow.

Year 4 - 120 credit hours

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements: Please refer to the Academic Calendar for course requirements in your honours or major program

To do this year:

  1. Meet with the department or a science advisor to discuss course selection.
  2. Meet with your co-op advisor (if applicable).
  3. Use UM Achieve to check eligibility to graduate.
  4. Confirm eligibility to graduate with a science advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.

CAREER TIPS


Start job search 9 months in advance: Contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to a professional program or graduate school: Finalize your application materials and required tests. Use the awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education. Contact your department to find out how their awards deadlines are advertised.

 

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Ensure you have references in place: Ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation if you're applying for graduate school.

Assess your resumé: Identify any gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships such as the Microsoft Academy for College Hires program.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Prepare to work in a multicultural environment: Visit Canada's National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on campus and register for the Intercultural Leaders program through the International Centre..

Sample Jobs

SAMPLE JOBS WITH AN UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE AND RELATED EXPERIENCE

OPTIONS REQUIRING OTHER EDUCATION

What do employers want?

Industries such as business, education and government would value a computer science degree in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Numeracy and data use
  • Digital technology
  • Oral and written communication
  • Teamwork
  • Industry specific knowledge
  • Continuous learning

Attain skills through your classroom education by taking advantage of experiential education opportunities.

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.

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  • Meet with a career consultant

    Meet with a career consultant for a confidential discussion about your career goals, job search, resumé/CV and interview preparation.

    Contact Career Services at cs.receptionist@umanitoba.ca or call 204-474-9456 to make an appointment.

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    Talk to an academic advisor who will guide you to resources to help you make important decisions for your future. Advisors are specialized, often by program, faculty/school or unit.

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