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Why choose Applied Computer Science at Dal?

Solving problems with technology

Information technology is transforming modern business, accelerating discovery in science, revolutionizing medicine, and expanding the reach of social enterprises. What an organization can achieve today often depends on its ability to use technology in innovative ways to transform how they operate and to empower their people. 

The Bachelor of Applied Computer Science (formely Informatics) at Dalhousie University is an applied program of study that graduates leaders with a deep understanding of how to develop, manage, and deploy technology so that organizations can achieve their goals. Students - many of whom have never coded before - not only develop programming skills, but also learn how to design, manage and deploy complex technologies within organizations.

The focus in this degree is on problem solving, applied computing and management skills, rather than on mathematical modeling or theory.

Students will combine their deep understanding of technology with problem solving, project management, communications, and management skills to bridge the gap between business and IT.

Program details

Bachelor of Applied Computer Science (BACS)

Program Options

  • Bachelor of Applied Computer Science (4 years)
  • Co-op option


Required high school courses for first-year entry:

  • English
  • Academic math
  • 3 additional university preparatory courses

See admission requirements for more information.

Application Deadline and Program Dates

Application deadlines for 2017/18

  • March 1 - Deadline for scholarship consideration for fall semester
  • April 1 - International students (except USA)
  • June 1 - All Canadian and American applications

Other important program dates

Class Size

  • first-year classes range from 80 to 150 students
  • upper-level classes have between 20 and 100 students

Tuition Fees

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Residence & Housing

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Housing options

  • Meal plans
  • Dorm-style traditional residences
  • Apartment-style, non-traditional
  • Off-campus housing