single degree

Bachelor of Computing

A single three year undergraduate award offered by the ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics

  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Computer Science
  • STEM Program
  • Academic contact
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Computer Science
  • STEM Program
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Computing requires completion of 144 units, of which:

 A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 144 units must include:

A minimum of 96 units from completion of courses from the following lists:

6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

COMP1100 Programming as Problem Solving

COMP1130 Programming as Problem Solving (Advanced)


6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

COMP1110 Structured Programming

COMP1140 Structured Programming (Advanced)

6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

MATH1005 Discrete Mathematical Models

MATH2222 Introduction to Mathematical Thinking: Problem-Solving and Proofs

24 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

COMP1600 Foundations of Computing

COMP2100 Software Construction

COMP2300 Computer Organisation and Program Execution

COMP2420 Introduction to Data Management, Analysis and Security


24 units from completion of 3000- and 4000-level courses from the following subject areas:

COMP Computer Science

INFS Information Systems, only if completing the Information Systems major

A maximum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

MATH1013 Mathematics and Applications 1

MATH1014 Mathematics and Applications 2

MATH1115 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 1

MATH1116 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 2

MATH2301 Games, Graphs and Machines

STAT1003 Statistical Techniques

STAT1008 Quantitative Research Methods


A maximum of 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ENGN1211 Discovering Engineering

VCUG2002 Leadership and Influence in a Complex World

VCUG3001 Unravelling Complexity

A minimum of 12 units and a maximum of 30 units from completion of further courses from the following subject areas:

COMP Computer Science

INFS Information Systems, only if completing the Information Systems major

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU


Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units COMP1100 Programming as Problem Solving 6 units OR COMP1130; MATH1005 Discrete Mathematical Models 6 units Elective course 6 units Elective course 6 units
COMP1110 Structured Programming 6 units OR COMP1140; COMP1600 Foundations of Computing 6 units Elective course 6 units Elective course 6 units
Year 2 48 units COMP2100 Software Construction 6 units COMP2300 Computer Organisation and Program Execution 6 units COMP2400 (as a substitute for COMP2420) Elective course 6 units
Computing elective 6 units Computing elective 6 units Computing elective 6 units Elective course 6 units
Year 3 48 units Computing elective 6 units Computing Course 3000/4000 level 6 units Computing Course 3000/4000 level 6 units Elective course 6 units
Computing Course 3000/4000 level 6 units Computing Course 3000/4000 level 6 units Computing Course 3000/4000 level 6 units Elective course 6 units

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.

In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs and change admission requirements as needed.

Domestic applicants

Before applying for a program, you should review the general information about domestic undergraduate admission to ANU programs and how to apply, and the program-specific information below.

  • Applicants with recent secondary education are assessed on:
  • completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent, and the minimum Selection Rank (from their academic qualifications, plus any adjustment factors ) requirement for this program; and
  • co-curricular or service requirement (applies to applicants who complete secondary education in the year prior to commencing at ANU); and
  • English language proficiency; and
  • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with higher education study are assessed on:
  • previous higher education studies; or secondary education results if completed less than one full-time equivalent year (1.0 FTE) of a degree; or the result from a bridging or preparatory course; and
  • English language proficiency; and
  • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are assessed on:
  • previously completed VET qualifications at AQF level 5 or higher (i.e. a Diploma or above); or secondary education results if the VET qualification is not completed; and
  • English language proficiency; and
  • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with work and life experience are assessed on:
  • ATAR or equivalent if secondary education was completed; or the Special Adult Entry Scheme (SAES) ; or work experience; and
  • English language proficiency; and
  • any program-specific requirements listed below.

International applicants

Applicants who complete a recognised secondary/senior secondary/post-secondary/tertiary sequence of study will be assessed on the basis of an equivalent selection rank that is calculated upon application. A list of commonly observed international qualifications and corresponding admission requirements can be found here. Applicants must also meet any program specific requirements that are listed below.

Diversity factors & English language proficiency 

As Australia's national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe. If required, competitive ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

Further information is available for English Language Requirements for Admission 

International Baccalaureate:


ACT: Mathematical Methods (Major)/Further Mathematics (Major)/Specialist Mathematics/Specialist Methods (Major)

NSW: Mathematics Advanced or equivalent. More information about interstate subject equivalencies can be found here.

Adjustment Factors

Adjustment factors are additional points added to an applicant's Selection Rank (for example an applicant's ATAR). ANU offers adjustment factors based on performance and equity principles, such as for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Selection Rank adjustments are granted in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustment factors and maximum 10 equity-based adjustment factors) can be awarded. 

You may be considered for adjustment factors if you have:

  • applied for an eligible ANU Bachelor degree program
  • undertaken Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate
  • achieved an ATAR or equivalent at or above 70
  • not previously attempted tertiary study.

Please visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see:


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The Bachelor of Computing program allows students to approach computer science from either a technical, constructive angle, starting with courses in programming, or from a conceptual, critical or information and organisational management angle. It widens the approach to computing to include the creative and conceptual touch, starting by applying scripting to the application area of new media (video and audio), rather than from learning traditional general purpose programming languages applied to algorithms. The technically oriented student can major in Software Development; whereas the more conceptually oriented student can major in Information Systems.


All of the majors are founded on an introduction to the principles of programming, a broad perspective on the computing discipline and profession, and an introduction to the functional structure of computers. They also require a grounding in mathematics and theoretical computer science, which is a means of developing the ability to work with abstractions, a fundamental requirement for understanding and applying ideas in computing.

You will get a strong grounding in computing fundamentals to tackle the progressive nature of Computing. With computing being an intrinsic part of all industries, knowledge of software development and information systems is highly sought after by the best employers.


This degree can also be taken as a flexible double with almost any other degree at ANU.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

This program is available for applications to commence from First Semester, 2024

Employment Opportunities

All large and small organisations, both public and private, need people to work on their software systems, or want staff with other professional training who have advanced computing skills. Computing students typically work as programmers, network administrators/managers, systems or business analysts, and web designers/developers. Rewarding career opportunities in technology and management are available to students with this degree plus 3 - 5 years work experience.

The career options for combined degree students are wide and varied with Computing skills adding a real competitive advantage.

All students who complete the BCOMP degree are eligible for professional membership of the Australian Computer Society provided they complete a major in Cyber Security or Software Development.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse well defined problems, and design, implement and evaluate solutions that demonstrate an understanding of the systems context in which software is developed and operated including economic, social, historical, sustainability and ethical aspects.
  2. Recognise connections and recurring themes, including abstraction and complexity, across the discipline.
  3. Adapt to new environments and technologies, and to innovate.
  4. Demonstrate an operational understanding of the foundations of computing including programming, algorithms, logic, architectures and data structures.
  5. Communicate complex concepts effectively with diverse audiences using a range of modalities.
  6. Work effectively within a team in order to achieve a common goal.
  7. Demonstrate commitment to professional conduct and development that recognises the social, legal and ethical implications of their work, to work independently, and self- and peer-assess performance.

Further Information

Learn more about the degrees offered at the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, read current student profiles to see what campus life is really like, and discover what our graduates have achieved since leaving the College - Visit the College of Engineering and Computer Science website.

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The ANU Bachelor of Computing program (when taken with a major in Information Systems, Software Development, or Cyber Security) is accredited by the Australian Computer Society. The degree can also be taken without a major, or with a major or minor from other areas of Computing. The three year degree prepares graduates to enter the computing industry work force as novice practitioners to develop software or to apply computing in human organisations. The BCOMP can also be taken as a part of many double degrees and there is an option for high performing students to apply for an Honours year (Bachelor of Computing (Honours). 

Single degree

  • This degree requires 144 units (each course is typically 6 units) 
  • Typically you will study four courses per semester (total of 24 units) 
  • You can choose to study a computing major (48 units) to focus on one area of computing.
  • In addition, you have 48 units (eight courses) of electives that can be taken from Computer Science or from any other area of the university. 

Double degree

  • This degree requires 96 units (each course is typically 6 units) from the BCOMP rules 
  • Typically you will study four courses per semester (total of 24 units) 
  • You can study a major (48 units) or a minor (24 units). There are no university electives in the double degree. 
  • You can choose your double degree with BCOMP from the Degree Builder in Programs and Courses. 

About this degree

  • The degree is made up of compulsory requirements (seven courses) and an additional suite of computing requirements (nine courses) plus electives.

Enrolment Status

While it is possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be full-time. 

Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

  • When you enrol for the first time you will typically study '1000-level' courses. These courses have '1' as the first number in their course code, such as  COMP1100
  • You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester noting that you can change your Semester 2 courses anytime until July. 
  • You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester (eight courses per year )
  • International students cannot study less than 24 units a semester. 
  • You may take 1000-level courses at any time in your program remembering:  
for a single degree you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units) for a double degree you can only count six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your BCOMP half of the double degree.
Choosing your first year programming courses

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

You have the option to complete a major as a part of your BCOMP degree. Note that only BCOMP degrees with a major in Information Systems, Software Development or Cyber Security will receive Australian Computer Society Accreditation.  

The degree can also be taken with an Advanced Intelligent Systems, Computer Systems, Data Science, Human-Centred and Creative Computing or Intelligent Systems major.

  • Students should follow major lists as specified in their starting year of the degree.  Please select the appropriate year from the drop down box at the top right of the page to see major lists and details that apply to you on the 'Study Tab.' 
  • Check the pre-requisites for the courses in your chosen major, 3000/4000-level courses normally require specific 2000-level courses to have been completed.  Many courses only run once per year. 


  • You have four electives to choose in your first year. These can be additional computing courses (e.g.:COMP1720,COMP1710,COMP2400,INFS1001), other electives that may count as COMP courses (MATH1013MATH1014, STAT1003STAT1008 ,ENGN1211) and/or engineering oriented electives (such as PHYS1001orENGN1218). 
  • Explore majors, and minors, in other subject areas (e.g., management, mathematics, psychology, languages) that interest you. Each college site will provide information on the first year courses that you can study for a given major or minor. 
  • When choosing elective courses, check the course listing on Programs and Courses to ensure that you have the required and assumed knowledge before enrolling. If you don't, consider changing your planned enrolment to make sure you take the pre-requisite course.

Academic Advice

For assistance, please check Enrolment and program management and if you then want to talk to someone before enrolling or have your study plan reviewed contact Student Enquiries at

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