Program Information

School: British Columbia Institute of Technology
Faculty: School of Computing and Academic Studies
Degree: Bachelor
Field of Study: Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
Description: The Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems degree is designed to increase the breadth and depth of knowledge and practical skills of computer professionals, assisting them in widening their job opportunities or advancing along their career paths. Graduates are awarded a credential that is highly valued by the industry.

The Human Computer Interface (HCI) Option focuses on establishing a set of advanced skills. These encompass the key areas of interface design, interaction design and User Centred Design (UCD), as well as the most recent evolutions in the field currently referred to as User Experience (UX or UE) design. It prepares graduates to understand, plan and design effective user interfaces, which both work well technically while retaining the kind of strong “audience awareness.” This results in “user friendly”, intuitive and usable user interfaces, which conform with numerous current industry-standard human interface design guidelines. The program includes knowledge and skill development in graphics/multimedia design and aesthetic awareness, as well as essential technical knowledge and a wide variety of current user study techniques and methodologies. The focus of this option encompasses all contemporary delivery platforms (egs: Apple, Google, Windows OSs, etc. and devices) and is designed to give graduates the tools, resources and critical thinking required to succeed with all current new technologies. It also prepares them to apply and evolve this knowledge, keeping pace with emerging and future technologies as they appear.

URL: Computer Systems (Human Computer Interface Option) at British Columbia Institute of Technology
Length: 2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*

Cost shown is for the first year of study.

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

Applicant must have: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following: English 12 (67%) or 3.0 credits of post-secondary English, humanities or social sciences (67%) from a recognized institution.

Test Scores:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86] or Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages: Certificate in Advanced English [min. B] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Work Experience

Applicants are required to have a minimum of 60.0 credits of post-secondary education from a recognized institution, of which 42.0 credits must include: 6.0 credits of English or communications, 6.0 credits of math, including 3.0 credits of discrete math, 3.0 credits of statistics, 27.0 credits of computing, including 3.0 credits in each of the following: Algorithms and data structures, Computer architecture, Database, Data communications and networking, Object-oriented programming (e.g. Java, C++), Operating systems, Procedural programming (e.g. C, Python), and Systems analysis and design. A minimum of 3 months relevant work experience (450 hours) is required. This requirement will be reviewed by the program area during the pre-entry assessment.