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Fall 2021 delivery mode: blended

  • This program will be delivered for the fall semester as a combination of online and on-campus learning. While some of your coursework will take place online, there will also be in-person sessions.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
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Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

The Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems (CST BTech) is an applied career-enhancement degree, designed to increase the breadth and depth of knowledge and practical skills of computer professionals; assisting them in widening their career opportunities and advancing along their career paths. Graduates are awarded a credential that is highly valued by the industry.

The CST BTech full-time program is a two-year degree completion program for students who have graduated with a two-year diploma in computing such as the BCIT Computer Systems Technology (CST) program. Students who have completed other computing diploma or degree programs at an accredited college or university, whether locally or internationally, may be admitted into the program by completing a pre-entry assessment and a few bridging courses.

The specialty areas for the next September Intake are:

The Network Security Applications Development Option is designed to prepare graduates to design, develop and deploy advanced network applications using a variety of programming languages such as C, C++, Java, Ruby, and Python, on the Linux and Windows platforms. Graduates will understand the role of security applications, both as exploit and penetration testing tools in networks. Courses are designed to provide in-depth skills using the Berkeley socket API, and the design of the implementation of advanced IPv4/IPv6 Client/Server applications. Also covered are advanced topics, such as Wireless Data Communication, and Cryptology.

Issues such as modularity and efficiency in the implementation of protocols are covered. The emphasis will be very much on the design and implementation of high-performance, robust, and scalable network applications. Security and private data transmission techniques over public networks are covered. Client-Server applications are designed and implemented using the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) API. An in-depth coverage of techniques used to design and develop secure code and robust applications will be provided. Students will also be familiarized with the Bluetooth software development techniques.

Advanced courses’ focus will be on the research and advanced implementation of security tools such as Covert Channels, Stealth Backdoors, Trojans, Packet crafting and sniffing, and in security tools proof-of-concept and prototyping. The use of an advanced raw socket and kernel-level programming techniques to implement security applications will be covered in a practical, hands-on manner.

For more information on the CST BTech program, please visit our full-time site and/or the part-time site.

This option is also offered in a part-time format.

Entrance Requirements

The Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems is a two year degree completion program, meant to be taken after two years of post-secondary education in computing.

BCIT CST Diploma Graduates may apply directly to the program at without a pre-entry or departmental assessment. CIT Diploma Graduates prior to 2022 are also eligible to apply directly.

Costs & Supplies


Note: This program’s curriculum has changed effective September 2018. Students that began the program prior to September 2018, please refer to the program matrix sent to you with your original acceptance.

Program Details

There are two sets of course components, followed by a practicum, also known as the Major Project(s).

  • Technical courses in Computer Systems
  • A wide variety of General Education courses

In the Major Project(s), students apply their specialized knowledge in a real-life project, or complete an applied research project, under the supervision of a committee.

Our full-time format offers students mentoring, and practical software development experience. Courses are taught during the day, but evening courses or Web-based courses may be included. Delivery is cohort-based offering opportunities for ongoing interaction and collaboration.

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Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Student Inquiries


Full-time faculty

Donna Turner

Program Head – Student Success, CST Diploma

Program Head – Student Success, CST Bachelor of Technology

Overview: Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional who came to BCIT from industry to teach and to make a difference in the lives of students. As Program Head (Student Success), advises and helps students with academic-related concerns about the CST Diploma and Bachelor programs.

Mirela Gutica, Program Head – Curriculum Leadership, Instructor

Aman Abdulla, Instructor

Borna Noureddin, Instructor

Jeff Yim, Instructor

Rahul Kukreja, Instructor

Sayyedhassan Shavarani, Instructor

Takashi Nakamura, Instructor

Tejinder Randhawa, Instructor

Advisory committee

BCIT is well-respected by employers for its ties to industry. In Computing, this connection is formalized through a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) comprised of experts in a range of roles from a cross-section of companies. The department consults regularly to ensure program currency and relevance.

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Tel: 604-432-8644

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