Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences - Overview

Just about every device or system we use or interact with is managed, facilitated or controlled by computers. Careers in computer and information sciences span a myriad of industries - you could work for a hospital or alongside engineers, or run your own company providing high-end network solutions to corporate clients.

The Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences (BCIS) gives you a technical understanding of computer hardware and software. You will learn to develop high quality computing solutions and gain an appreciation of computer and information sciences processes and practices.

  • Valuable work experience and projects through industry partnerships with companies such as Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Eagle Technology and FutureTech
  • Includes a research and development project in a selected area of computer and information sciences, involving either software development or commercial research for industrial clients, or supervised academic research
  • Option to continue into postgraduate study and conduct cutting edge research such as processing data for the Square Kilometre Array

Quick facts

Programme Code: AK3697
Level: 7
Points: 360
Duration: 3 years full-time/ 6 years part-time
Venue: City Campus, South Campus
Start date: 20 July 2015 and 29 February 2016

There are limited places available. AUT encourages early application. Applicants will normally be selected on the basis of their level of academic achievement and may be required to attend a selection interview.

Entry requirements

  • University Entrance
  • NCEA:
    Peference will be given to students who have completed Year 13 with a rank score of 150 level 3 credits or higher, and have one or more subjects from Calculus, Mathematics, Statistics.
  • CIE: Minimum grade of D in AS Mathematics
Preferred School Subjects
  • English
  • Physics
  • Computing or Digital Technologies
  • Mathematics with Calculus (Calculus)
  • Statistics and Modelling (Statistics)
  • Science

Admission requirement

You will be guaranteed a place in this programme if you achieve an academic score of 120 along with the NCEA or CIE Maths requirements as listed above. If you achieve University Entrance and the additional Maths entry requirements but do not have the required academic score, you will be waitlisted according to your score. We will offer you a place if there are sufficient places available.


Additional Majors and/or Minors

You may choose a second major, either from the Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences (called a double major) or from additional majors outside the Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences. Minors are also available in these subjects. The availability of additional majors and minors will depend on timetabling and subject restrictions, and in some cases, choosing an additional major or minor may require students to undertake extra points to complete their degree.

See the list of additional majors, minors and electives offered by the Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies.


Year 1
You will be given an introduction to computer and information sciences before focusing on a chosen major in Years 2 and 3.

Year 2
You begin to specialise in your chosen major. You will acquire strong technical knowledge with creative problem solving skills; and the ability to analyse, design and maintain solutions to meet the needs of a wide range of IT clients and industries.

You will gain professional skills in programming and web development, IT infrastructure and networks, communication and teamwork, project management, ethics and professional practice, security, and information systems. 

Year 3
You will complete papers in your major and deepen your knowledge and skills in these disciplines and in core areas such as project management. You will also carry out a research and development project in your specialist area for a client.

Last updated: 21-May-2015 11.40am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.