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Joint Program (3+1+1) in Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering

Dalhousie University and Northeastern University

Overview

A student who successfully completes this program of study, will be awarded a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering by Northeastern University (NEU), and either a Master of Computer Science or a Master of Applied Computer Science by Dalhousie University (DAL), Halifax, Canada.

  • Phase 1
  • Admission to the DAL portion of Phase 1 requires:
    • successful completion of the prescribed curriculum at NEU
    • a GPA of at least 3.3 on the DAL scale computed on selected NEU courses
    • a satisfactory English proficiency score for undergraduate admission
  • On successful completion of Phase 1, a student will be awarded a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering by NEU, and will be admitted to Phase 2 of the program provided he or she
    • obtains a GPA of at least 3.3 in Phase 1, computed on selected NEU courses and all DAL courses
  • Phase 2 of the program consists of one or more years of study and research at DAL

Phase 1 at NEU – Years 1 to 3

Taught at NEU - Years 1, 2 and 3
Semester Course No. Course Name Credits GPA
1 B070311010  Human Anatomy 4  
  B070321010 Intro to computer (1) 4 U
  B070400041 Intensive English (1) 3 U
  B070500010 Field of Study Overview and Professional Development 1.5  
  B150100013 Advanced Mathematics (1) (bilingual) 5 U
  B161500020 Moral Education & Law Basis 3  
  B170100281 College English (1) 4 U
  B180100221 P.E. (1) 1.75  
  B240100030 Mental Health Education for University Students 1.5  
2 B070312010 Pathophysiology 3  
  B070321060 C++ Programming 4 U
  B070400042 Intensive English (2) 3 U
  B150100014 Advanced Mathematics (2) (Bilingual) 5.5 U
  B150100050 Linear Algebra 3 U
  B150200051 College Physics (Bilingual) (1) 4.25 U
  B161100010 The Modern and Contemporary History of China 2  
  B161500034 Current Situation & Policy of China (1) 1.5  
  B170100282 College English(2) 4 U
  B180100222 P.E. (2) 1.75  
3 B070200110 Mathematica language 2 U
  B070200220 Computer Graphics and Visualization 3 U
  B070400021 Specialty English (1) 2 U
  B070400090 Knowledge and Skills of Innovation & Enterprising  2  
  B131600010 Circuit Principles (1) 5 U
  B150100080 Complex Function & Integral Transform 2.5 U
  B150200031 College Physics Experiment (1) 2 U
  B150200052 College Physics (Bilingual) (2) 4.25 U
  B161200010 Basic Principles of Marxism 3  
  B170100283 College English (3) 4 U
  B180100223 P.E. (3) 1.75  
4 B070120111 Signals and Systems 4 U
  B070200050 Digital Image Processing and Analysis 4 U
  B070322010 Data Structure 3 U
  B070400022 Specialty English (2) 2 U
  B131100010 Analog Electronics Technology Basis 4 U
  B131400012 Electrical and Electronic Technology Experiment  (Analog Electronics) 2 U
  B150100070 Probability and Statistics 3.5 U
  B150200032 College Physics Experiment (2) 1.5 U
  B161500035 Current Situation & Policy of China (2) 0.5  
  B170100284 College English (4) 4 U
  B180100224 P.E. (4) 1.75  
  B210100010 Military Theory 2.25  
5 B070120210 Digital Signal Processing 4 U,G
  B070120300 Computer Principles and Application 3 U,G
  B070322020 Database Principles 3 U,G
  B070322081 Operating Systems 3 U,G
  B070322090 Telecommunications & Network 3 U,G
  B131100040 Fundamental Digital Electronic Technique (1) 3.5 U,G
  B131400013 Electrical and Electronic Technology Experiment  (Digital Electronics) 2 U,G
  B161300010 Introduction to Maoism and Theoretical System of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics 6  
6 B070120400 Principle and application of Single-chip computer 3.5 G
  B070120600 Embedded System Technology 3 G
  B070130110 Biomedical Electronics and instrument 4  
  B070200041 Medical Imaging Technology and systems 4  
  B070322070 Software Engineering 3 G
    Neusoft Practical Training Scheme 1.3    
    Electives as required by NEU    

Phase 1 at DAL – Year 4

Course No. Course Name Notes
CSCI 2100 Communication Skills: Oral and Written  
CSCI 2112 Discrete Structures I  
CSCI 3110 Design and Analysis of Algorithms I 1
CSCI 3136 Principles of Programming Languages 1
CSCI 4192 Directed Studies 1,2
CSCI 8873 Honours Thesis 1
2 x Computer Science electives at 3000 level or above
3 x Computer Science electives at 4000 level or above
1,2
Notes
  1. Must be taken in term 7 (Fall term of year 4 of the program).
  2. If a computer science course requires any of the following courses as a prerequisite, that prerequisite will be waived: CSCI 1100, CSCI 1101, MATH 1000, MATH 1010, CSCI 2110, CSCI 2121, CSCI 2132, CSCI 2141, STAT 2060, MATH 2030, CSCI 3120, CSCI 3130, CSCI 3171.
  3. None of the following courses may be chosen as an elective: CSCI 1100, CSCI 1101, MATH 1000, MATH 1010, CSCI 2110, CSCI 2121, CSCI 2132, CSCI 2141, STAT 2060, MATH 2030, CSCI 3120, CSCI 3130, CSCI 3171.

Phase 2 at DAL – Years 5+

The Master of Computer Science (MCS) and Master of Applied Computer Scienc (MACS) programs may both require more than one year to complete, depending on the progress of research.

Master of Computer Science
CSCI 9000: Master's Thesis
4 x CS electives(60XX)*
Master of Applied Computer Science
CSCI 7001: Research Project in Computer Science
8 x CS electives(60XX)*

* If a computer science course requires the Dalhousie Writing Requirement or any of the following courses as a prerequisite, that prerequisite will be waived: CSCI 1100, CSCI 1101, MATH 1000, MATH 1010, CSCI 2110, CSCI 2112, CSCI 2121, CSCI 2132, STAT 2060, MATH 2030, CSCI 3120, CSCI 3130, CSCI 3121, CSCI 3171.

GPA Calculation for admission to DAL

  • Maximum GPA on the DAL scale is 4.3
  • Each NEU course mark is converted to a DAL GPA according to to the table below.
  • GPA for admission to Phase 1 Year 4 at DAL is the average GPA of the courses marked U in the "GPA" column of the appropriate table of NEU courses above, weighted by credit value.
  • GPA for admission to Phase 2 is the average GPA of the courses marked G in the "GPA" column of the appropriate table of NEU courses above, together with all DAL courses.
NEU mark DAL Grade GPA
94 + A+  
89-93 A 4.0
83-88 A-  
78-82 B+  
75-77 B 3.0
72-74 B-  
69-71 C+  
65-68 C  
60-65 D 1.0
0-59 F  

Phase 1 admission – undergraduate English proficiency requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency in the form of results from standard tests. Note that the English language proficiency requirements are subject to change, so it is important that you satisfy the criteria in effect at the time you apply for admission to the Dalhousie portion of Phase 1.

Working while you study and after graduation

Under certain circumstances, the Canadian Government permits international students to work during study and after graduation.

How to Apply

Your application for admission to Phase 1, Year 4 of the program at DAL can be submitted online. To start the application process, you will create a username and password that you can use to return to your application at any time.

The online application system is generic, so although it is quite straightforward, there are some things you need to do that may not be obvious:

  • On the “Select an Application Type” page:
    • choose “Dalhousie Undergrad Group A”
  • On the "Apply for Admissions" page:
    • "Last name" is your family name (usually first in Chinese name order)
    • "First name" is your own name (usually last in Chinese name order)
  • On the "International Information" page
    • Select visa type "Study Permit (Student Visa)”
  • On the "Planned Course of Study" page
    • Select "Visiting Student - Requires Letter of Permission"
    • In the first text box enter:
      • Dalhousie/NEU-BMIE 3+1+1
        Computer Science

When you have finished, you will click a link at the end of the process to indicate that your application is complete. You will need to pay the application fee. You will get an email from Dalhousie about the documents required, which will include:

  • English test results. You need to arrange for this to be sent directly to DAL by the English language testing service.
  • Your NEU transcript (in English). You need to arrange for this to be sent directly to DAL by NEU.
  • A letter of permission from NEU.

The university may ask for other documents as well.

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When you have been admitted

You need to be supervised by a Dalhousie faculty member for CSCI 4192 and CSCI 8873, so it is important that you find a supervisor as soon as possible.

As soon as you have received your admission letter from Dalhousie:

  • Browse the web pages of faculty members in the Faculty of Computer Science to find out about their research areas and projects.
  • Email the names of the faculty members you would like to work with to international@cs.dal.ca
  • You will be introduced by email to the faculty members you have identified.