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Degree Requirements - Faculty of Arts

Students should consult the York University Undergraduate Calendar for full details of the degree requirements and relevant regulations (check the Calendars link at www.yorku.ca).

Course Types

Degree requirements in the Faculty of Arts refer to the following categories of courses:

  1. General Education Courses - Intended to provide a broad interdisciplinary perspective, "General Education" courses, are offered by three academic units, the Divisions of Humanities, Natural Science, and Social Science. The Faculty of Arts Foundations courses are part of the General Education requirement and are affiliated with the appropriate Faculty of Arts Colleges. These courses emphasize critical skills, especially writing, and provide a supportive learning environment. The connection to one of the Faculty of Arts Colleges - Calumet, Founders, McLaughlin, Stong, or Vanier - enables students to participate more fully in college life and co-curricular events.
  2. Major (and Minor) Courses - In addition to taking courses which contribute to their broad knowledge, students are required to specialize in a specific subject or combination of subjects. The area of primary concentration is known as the "Major"; an area of secondary concentration (if any) is known as the "Minor". It is possible to have two "Majors".
  3. Elective Courses - intended to broaden the educational experience of students beyond their area of specialization, electives include most courses which a student does not use to fulfil either General Education requirements or Major/Minor requirements. Courses not considered to be electives are:
    1. Major courses taken above the required number;
    2. non-Major courses taken within the Major subject (e.g. most Atkinson COSC courses);
    3. courses outside the Major taken to fulfil major requirements (e.g., AS/MATH1090 3.0 and other MATH courses required for Computer Science);
    4. courses which are cross-listed or designated as equivalents or exclusions for courses offered by the Major Programme.

  4. Upper-Level Courses - courses at the 3000-level and/or 4000-level. Honours degrees require at least 18 credits at the 4000-level and at least 36 credits at the 3000- and 4000-level.

Programme Types

The Faculty provides for the following types of programmes in Computer Science:

Honours Programmes - are 120 credit programmes, which require more specialization, a higher minimum performance, and in some cases, different courses than does an Ordinary programme. (Pending Senate approval ordinary programmes will no longer be offered in COSC beginning FW98/99.)

In order to graduate with an Honours Degree, students must successfully complete a minimum of 120 credits which fulfil one of the following requirements [a), b), c), or d)]:

a) Specialized Honours:

  1. General Education: See General Education Requirements below;
  2. Major Requirements:
  3. Elective Courses: at least 18 credits;
  4. Upper-Level Courses:
    1. 3000-level and 4000-level courses: at least 36 credits at the 3000-level or 4000-level;
    2. 4000-level courses: at least 18 credits of these upper-level courses [including at least 12 credits in the Major] must be at the 4000-level;

  5. In-Faculty Courses: See In-Faculty Courses in the York University Undergraduate Calendar;
  6. Standing Requirements: In addition to fulfilling the requirements described above, students in this programme must achieve satisfactory academic standing to enter, proceed, and graduate.

b) Honours (Major):

  1. General Education: See General Education Requirements below;
  2. Major Courses:
  3. Elective Courses: at least 18 credits;
  4. Upper-Level Courses:
    1. 3000-level and 4000-level courses: at least 36 credits at the 3000-level or 4000-level
    2. 4000-level courses: at least 18 credits of these upper-level courses [including at least 12 credits in the Major] must be at the 4000-level;

  5. In-Faculty Courses: See In-Faculty Courses in the York University Undergraduate Calendar;
  6. Standing Requirements: In addition to fulfilling the requirements described above, students in this programme must achieve satisfactory academic standing to enter, proceed, and graduate.

c) Honours (Minor):

A Minor in Computer Science must be combined with a Major in a different subject. The Minor in Computer Science has the requirements listed under (2)(b).

  1. General Education: See General Education Requirements below;
  2. Major/Minor Courses: as defined by the specific programmes;
    1. Major: usually at least 42 credits in the Major, at least 12 credits of which must be at the 4000-level; and
    2. Minor (in COSC):
      • COSC1020 3.0, COSC1030 3.0, COSC2001 3.0, COSC2011 3.0, COSC2021 3.0,
      • 15 credits at the 3000-level satisfying breadth in COSC and 6 credits at the 4000 level,
      • 15 credits of MATH including MATH1090 3.0, MATH1300 3.0, MATH1310 3.0, MATH2090 3.0, and one of MATH2221 3.0 or MATH2320 3.0;

  3. Elective Courses: Students who graduate in an Honours (Major/Minor) programme are deemed to fulfil the Elective Course requirement;
  4. Upper-Level Courses:
    1. 3000-level and 4000-level courses: at least 36 credits at the 3000-level or 4000-level
    2. 4000-level courses: at least 18 credits of these upper-level courses [usually including 12 credits - in the Major and 6 credits - in the Minor] must be at the 4000-level;

  5. In-Faculty Courses: See In-Faculty Courses in the York University Undergraduate Calendar;
  6. Standing Requirements: In addition to fulfilling the requirements described above, students in this programme must achieve satisfactory academic standing to enter, proceed, and graduate.

d) Honours (Double Major):

Students may combine a Major in COSC (as defined above) with a Major in a different subject in the Faculty of Arts (either linked or unlinked), with an Honours Major in some Fine Arts subjects or in Environmental Studies. Elective courses are deemed fulfilled in these programmes; there must be at least 30 credits that are not COSC and not MATH.

General Education Requirements

Students will select their General Education requirements in accordance with the following:

  1. One 1000-level 9 credit Foundations course, in either the Division of Humanities or the Division of Social Science - to be taken within the first 24 credits;
  2. One 1000-level 6 credit course in the Division of Natural Science - to be taken prior to graduation, and preferably within the first 42 credits;
  3. One 2000-level 9 credit Foundations course, in either the Division of Humanities or the Division of Social Science. If the 1000-level 9 credit Foundations course is taken in the Division of Humanities, then the 2000-level 9 credit Foundations course must be taken in the Division of Social Science (and vice versa) - to be taken within the first 48 credits;
  4. Breadth requirement - will be satisfied by successfully completing the General Education/Foundations courses described above. (Breadth requirement is described below.)

The Breadth requirement must be successfully completed before graduation and requires at least 6 credits from each of the following areas:

Area IArea II
Classical StudiesAnthropology
(Greek or Latin)Economics
EnglishGeography
French Studies Political Science
HistoryPsychology
HumanitiesSocial Science
Languages, Literatures, LinguisticsSociology
Philosophy

Note: Mathematics, Computer Science, and Kinesiology and Health Science courses, will satisfy neither requirement, unless they are cross-listed with a unit listed above.

Passed Courses:

A student who has received a passing grade for a course may not repeat that course or take an equivalent or excluded course for degree credit.

Failing Grades:

Where a student retakes a course in which he/she has previously received a grade of E or F and passes it, the passing grade is also calculated into the Grade Point Average.

Honours Standing In Degree Programmes

Qualifying for Honours -

a) Students With No Previous Post-Secondary Education: Students who enter the Faculty of Arts with no prior experience at a post-secondary educational institution (such as a university or college) are automatically enrolled in an Honours programme.

b) Transfer Students: Students who enter with prior experience at a post-secondary educational institution are enrolled in an Honours programme if their prior Cumulative Grade Point Average (including failed courses) is at least the equivalent of 5.0 on the York scale. (Note: Courses taken at other post-secondary institutions are not calculated as part of the student's grade point average at York, nor do they appear on the York transcript.)

Continuing in Honours - To continue in an Honours programme, students must maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 5.0.

Graduating in Honours - To graduate in an Honours programme, students must pass at least 120 credits which meet Faculty of Arts and programme requirements. The Cumulative Grade Point Average for all courses taken must be at least 5.0.

Degree Requirements - Faculty of Pure and Applied Science

General Education Requirements

General education courses are required within all BSc programmes. These non-science courses provide a broad perspective on current scholarship and the diversity of human experience. The courses are also expected to enhance students' critical skills in reading, writing, and thinking and contribute to their preparation for post-university life.

All BSc candidates must complete a minimum of 12 credits from two different areas of study, including at least 3 credits from each area, subject to the restrictions noted below. For the purposes of this regulation, "different area" means offered by different academic units such as divisions, departments or Faculties and excluding courses offered by similar departments in different Faculties (such as English in the Faculty of Arts and Atkinson College). Subject to the restrictions listed below, courses in the following areas may be taken in the Faculty of Arts, Atkinson College or Glendon College.

The following courses offered by the Faculty of Environmental Studies and the Faculty of Fine Arts may also be taken to satisfy Faculty of Pure and Applied Science general education requirements: ES/ENVS1000 6.0, FA/INFA1900 6.0 and FA/INFA2900 6.0.

General education courses are normally taken at the 1000 or 2000 level, but higher-level courses are acceptable, subject only to prerequisites and course access specifications for enrolment.

Permission may be granted by the Office of Science Academic Services, on an individual basis, for a student to take a course outside the areas and Faculties listed above for general education credit, subject to the course fulfilling the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science breadth and critical skills requirements for general education courses, the student having the appropriate prerequisites and the course access specifications permitting enrolment. A student who is in doubt regarding whether or not any specific course will fulfill the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science general education requirements should consult the Office of Science Academic Services.

Restrictions

  1. Courses whose major focus is increased facility in the use of a language cannot count as general education courses. Such courses are offered in the departments marked with an * above.
  2. Quantitative courses focussing on techniques of mathematics or statistics cannot count as general education courses. For example, this applies to some Economics courses.
  3. Certain other types of courses cannot be used to satisfy general education requirements. In particular,

    (i) courses which are cross-listed as SC courses or which are eligible for SC credit cannot count as general education courses; and

    (ii) Geography courses (**) cannot be used to satisfy general education requirements for BSc candidates majoring in Geography.

Note: General education courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis (see "Pass/Fail Grading Option" in Science section III of the University Undergraduate Calendar).

General Regulations

  1. All students are required to observe the regulations of the University. Unless otherwise stated, any changes in regulations become effective as announced. This policy is not meant to disadvantage students as they proceed through their studies, including those who have completed a number of courses. It is intended to ensure that their preparation for courses is appropriate and current. Students should consult closely with departments and the Faculty through the advising process. (Students admitted to the Faculty prior to September 1995 are strongly advised to follow current regulations, but may elect to graduate under the regulations of the year in which they were admitted to the Faculty.)
  2. It is the student's responsibility to enrol in only those courses for which the student has successfully completed all designated prerequisites and to take concurrently all specified corequisites not already completed successfully.
  3. All degree candidates are required to indicate a choice of degree programme (Ordinary, Specialized Honours, or Combined Honours) upon successful completion of 24 credits. A minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade-point average of 5.0 over all Science courses completed is required for onours programmes. For information about changing degree programmes see the University Undergraduate Calendar.
  4. All BSc degree candidates in Honours and Ordinary programmes must successfully complete the following minimum requirements, normally at the 1000 level:
  5. a) at least 24 Science credits, excluding SC/CHEM1520 4.0, SC/MATH1500 3.0, SC/MATH1510 6.0, SC/MATH1525 3.0, SC/PHYS1510 4.0, and all Natural Science courses, and including at least 2 credits in introductory computer science, 6 credits in approved mathematics courses, and 12 credits in courses with laboratories;

    b) 12 general education credits (see "General Education Requirements" in this section of the Calendar).

Honours Programmes

To declare Honours requires successful completion of at least 24 credits and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.0* over all Science (SC) courses completed.

To proceed in each year of an Honours BSc programme requires a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade-point average of 5.0* over all Science (SC) courses completed.

To graduate in an Honours BSc programme requires successful completion of all Faculty requirements and departmental required courses and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.0* over all Science (SC) courses completed.

* 6.0 for the Space and Communication Sciences Stream of Specialized Honours and for Combined Honours with Biology

All candidates for the BSc degree in all Honours programmes must, through registration in courses at York University or elsewhere deemed creditable towards the BSc degree,

  1. satisfy regulations 2, 3 and 4;
  2. present a total of at least 120 passed credits of which a minimum of 90 must be earned in Science courses, a minimum of 30 must be earned in one major Science subject area (Specialized Honours programmes only), or a minimum of 18 in each of two major Science subject areas (Combined Honours programmes only), a minimum of 42 must be earned in courses at the 3000 or higher level;
  3. satisfy the Faculty academic standards for Honours BSc programmes - see "Academic Standards for Honours BSc Programmes" in section III of the University Undergraduate Calendar;
  4. satisfy the following programme of study requirements:
  5. Note: The following degree requirements do not apply to students in the Space and Communication Sciences Stream of Specialized Honours Computer Science; for requirements of that stream, see the "Space and Communication Sciences" Supplemental Calendar and section V of the York University Undergraduate Calendar.

    1. All degree candidates must complete the programme core:
      • SC/COSC1020 3.0; SC/COSC1030 3.0;
      • SC/COSC2001 3.0; SC/COSC2011 3.0; SC/COSC2021 3.0.

    2. All degree candidates must comply with general regulation 4 (section IV) by completing the following (in addition to SC/COSC1020 3.0 and SC/COSC1030 3.0 from the programme core):
      • SC/MATH1090 3.0; SC/MATH1300 3.0; SC/MATH1310 3.0;
      • 6 credits from SC/BIOL1010 6.0, SC/CHEM1010 6.0, SC/EATS1010 6.0, SC/PHYS1410 6.0 or SC/PHYS1010 6.0; (Note: In this context, SC/COSC1020 3.0 and SC/COSC1030 3.0 satisfy the other half of the 1000-level Science requirement for courses with laboratories.)
      • at least 3 additional credits from SC/BIOL1010 6.0, SC/CHEM1010 6.0, SC/EATS1010 6.0, SC/EATS1010 3.0, SC/EATS1011 3.0, SC/MATH1025 3.0, SC/PHYS1070 3.0, SC/PHYS1410 6.0 or SC/PHYS1010 6.0;
      • 12 general education credits (see "General Education Requirements" in Science section IV).

    3. All degree candidates, in accordance with their declared programmes, must satisfy the course, credit and standing requirements for either Specialised Honours or Combined Honours as specified below.
    4. All degree candidates must satisfy a breadth requirement in Computer Science by completing 3 credits at the 3000 level from Group A courses in each of four areas:
      • theory (second digit of course number is 1),
      • hardware (second digit is 2),
      • software (second digit is 3),
      • knowledge based (second digit is 4).
      Group A courses have odd course numbers; Group B courses have even course numbers.

    5. All Honours degree candidates must complete at least 30 credits which are neither computer science nor mathematics.

Note: See the general prerequisites for 2000-, 3000- and 4000-level Computer Science courses (under "Courses of Instruction") for information about cumulative grade-point average requirements in completed Computer Science courses.

Specialised Honours

The Department of Computer Science also offers a Specialized Honours degree stream in Space and Communication Sciences whose degree requirements are specified in a separate entry in section V.

Combined Honours

Residence Requirement

In order to qualify for a York University BSc degree in any Ordinary or Honours programme, a student must have successfully completed a minimum of 30 credits, approved by the major department(s), while registered in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science at York University.

Computer Science Requirements

Breadth requirement

We have partitioned our courses into four areas. Students must take at least one 3000-level course identified as a Group A course from each area. Group A courses have odd course numbers.

4000-level courses are also partitioned into the same four areas but they are not further partitioned into groups A and B. Thus, whether the course number is even or odd has no significance.

The four areas are described in the following.

Theory Course numbers COSC31xx 3.0, COSC41xx 3.0
topics: algorithms, data structures and complexity, automata and computability, program verification, scientific and numerical computing.
Hardware Course numbers COSC32xx 3.0, COSC42xx 3.0
topics: digital logic, architecture and data communication networks.
Software Course numbers COSC33xx 3.0, COSC43xx 3.0
topics: programming languages, software systems and operating systems.
Knowledge-Based Computing Course numbers COSC34xx 3.0, COSC44xx 3.0
topics: artificial intelligence, expert systems, logic programming, databases, simulation, machine learning, robotics and computer vision.

Exceptions to Course Numbering

Service courses at all levels have the second digit 5. These courses do not satisfy requirements in Computer Science.

Other courses falling outside the course numbering conventions are the following.

Normal Order of Study

This section presents a summary of the Department's course requirements, by sugesting the normal order in which courses should be taken. There are also checklists for each programme type at the back of this calendar.

Note: the Specialized Honours Space and Communication Sciences Stream has exceptions from the general requirements; the exceptions are noted. The course requirements of the SCS stream are described in the section on Programme Checklists.

The indication of first year, second year, etc., indicates the year of study for normal progress.

1000-level first year

Fall COSC1020 3.0, MATH1090 3.0, MATH1300 3.0
Winter COSC1030 3.0, MATH1310 3.0
15 additional credits satisfying general education, faculty, second major programme, or elective requirements

2000-level second year

COSC2001 3.0, COSC2011 3.0, COSC2021 3.0
MATH2090 3.0
MATH2221 3.0 and MATH2320 3.0 for Specialized Honours programme (OR MATH2221 3.0 or MATH2320 3.0 all other programmes)
12 to 15 additional credits satisfying general education, faculty, second major programme, or elective requirements

3000-level third year

12 COSC credits at the 3000-level satisfying the breadth requirement including COSC3101 3.0 for the Specialized Honours programme (except SCS)
9 additional COSC credits for the Specialized Honours Programme OR 3 additional COSC credits at the 3000-level for Combined Honours programmes OR 6 additional COSC credits at the 3000-level for the Ordinary programme
9 to 15 credits additional credits satisfying general education, faculty, second major programme, or elective requirements

4000-level fourth year, honours programmes only

12 COSC credits at the 4000-level (except when computer science is a minor in a combined B.A. degree which requires only 6 credits at the 4000-level), including one of COSC4111 3.0 or COSC4101 3.0 for the Specialized Honours programme (except SCS)
6 additional COSC credits at the 3000- or 4000-level Specialized Honours programme only(except SCS)
12 to 18 additional credits satisfying general education, faculty, second major programme, or elective requirements

Prerequisites for Computer Science Courses

It is absolutely essential that students fulfill the prerequisites for courses they wish to take.

There are both general prerequisites which are required for all COSC courses at the specified level and specific prerequisites for each course which are in addition to the general prerequisites. Both types of prerequisites include computer science courses and mathematics courses, and in all cases there are grade requirements in the prerequisite courses. The prerequisites are listed after each course description and summarized in the following table.

The prerequisites table is useful to determine what courses must be taken in order to enrol in a particular course, or to determine if you are permitted to enrol in a course.

Course Title Prerequisite
1000-Level
COSC1020 3.0 Intro. to Computer Science I Refer to course description
COSC1030 3.0 Intro. to Computer Science II COSC1020 3.0; MATH1090 3.0
 
2000-Level
General Prerequisites:
completed COSC1030 3.0
have a cumulative gpa of 4.5 or better for completed computer science courses.
 
COSC2001 3.0 Intro. to Theory of Computation General prerequisites
COSC2011 3.0 Fundamentals of Data Structures General prerequisites
COSC2021 3.0 Computer Organization General prerequisites
COSC2031 3.0 C, Unix and X Window System General prerequisites
 
3000-Level
General Prerequisites:
completed COSC2011 3.0, and one of COSC2001 3.0 or COSC2021 3.0
completed MATH1300 3.0 and MATH1310 3.0
completed one of MATH2090 3.0, MATH2221 3.0 or MATH2320 3.0
have a cumulative gpa of 4.5 or better for completed computer science courses.
 
   Specific Prerequisites:
Theory Courses - Group A
COSC3101 3.0 Design and Analysis of Algorithms MATH2320 3.0 (SCS students may enrol without MATH2320 3.0 or concurrently with MATH2320 3.0)
COSC3111 3.0 Intro. to Program Verification MATH2090 3.0
COSC3121 3.0 Intro. to Numerical Computations I MATH2221 3.0
Theory Courses - Group B
COSC3122 3.0 Intro. to Numerical Computations II COSC3121 3.0; MATH2270 3.0
Hardware Courses - Group A
COSC3201 3.0 Digital Logic Design COSC2021 3.0
COSC3211 3.0 Data Communication COSC2021 3.0; MATH2090 3.0
Hardware Courses - Group B
COSC3212 3.0 Computer Networks COSC3211 3.0
Software Courses - Group A
COSC3301 3.0 Programming Language Fundamentals COSC2001 3.0
COSC3311 3.0 Software Design COSC2001 3.0; COSC 2031 3.0; MATH2090 3.0
COSC3321 3.0 Operating System Fundamentals COSC2021 3.0; COSC2031 3.0
COSC3331 3.0 Object-Oriented Programming and Design general prerequisites
Knowledge-Based Computing - Group A
COSC3401 3.0 Intro. to Symbolic Computation MATH2090 3.0
COSC3411 3.0 File Structures and Data Management COSC2021 3.0; COSC2031 3.0; MATH2090 3.0
Knowledge-Based Computing - Group B
COSC3402 3.0 Intro. to Concepts of Artificial Intelligence COSC3401 3.0; MATH2320 3.0
COSC3408 3.0 Simulation of Discrete Systems MATH2560 3.0
COSC3412 3.0 Intro. to Database Management Systems COSC3411 3.0
COSC3418 3.0 Simulation of Continuous Systems MATH2560 3.0
Other Courses
COSC3001 1.0 Org. & Management Seminar in SCS In 3rd year of SCS stream
COSC3002 1.0 Org. & Management Seminar general prerequisites
COSC3010 3.0 Special Topics in Computer Science Varies depending on the topic
 
4000-Level
General Prerequisites:
completed COSC2001 3.0; COSC2011 3.0; COSC2021 3.0
completed MATH2090 3.0
completed at least 12 credits in computer science 3000-level courses
a cumulative gpa of 5.0 or better over all completed computer science courses.
 
   Specific Prerequisites:
Theory Courses
COSC4101 3.0 Advanced Data Structures COSC3101 3.0; MATH2320 3.0
COSC4111 3.0 Automata and Computability COSC3101 3.0; MATH2320 3.0
Hardware Courses
COSC4201 3.0 Computer Architecture COSC3201 3.0; COSC3321 3.0
COSC4211 3.0 Performance Eval. of Computer Systems COSC3211 3.0; COSC3408 3.0
COSC4242 3.0 Signals and Systems COSC3121 3.0 or MATH3241 3.0
Software Courses
COSC4301 3.0 Programming Language Design COSC3301 3.0
COSC4302 3.0 Language Processors COSC3301 3.0; COSC2031 3.0
COSC4311 3.0 System Development COSC3311 3.0; COSC3111 3.0 or COSC3321 3.0
COSC4321 3.0 Operating System Design COSC3321 3.0
COSC4331 3.0 Computer Graphics MATH2221 3.0
COSC4341 3.0 Interactive System Design general prerequisites
COSC4351 3.0 Real-Time Systems Theory COSC3111 3.0 or COSC3311 3.0 or COSC3321 3.0
COSC4352 3.0 Real-Time Systems Practice COSC3301 3.0 or COSC3311 3.0 or COSC3321 3.0
COSC4361 3.0 Human-Computer Communication general prerequisites
Knowledge-Based Computing
COSC4401 3.0 Artificial Intelligence COSC3402 3.0
COSC4402 3.0 Logic Programming COSC3401 3.0; COSC3101 3.0 or COSC3111 3.0
COSC4411 3.0 Database Management Systems COSC3412 3.0
COSC4421 3.0 Introduction to Robotics MATH2221 3.0
COSC4422 3.0 Computer Vision COSC3121 3.0
Other Courses
COSC4001 6.0 Space and Comm. Sciences Workshop 3000-level of SCS core
COSC4010 3.0 Special Topics in Computer Science Varies depending on the topic
COSC4080 3.0 Computer Science Project permission of course director; 36 COSC credits


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