Applied Computing (BS)

The School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences within the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences offers a BS degree in applied computing, which provides a foundation in computer science.

Applied computing combines technical computing skills with an understanding of the impact of computer science in real-world contexts.

The applied computing program's technical component is concerned with the design and use of appropriate systems and technologies, while its social sciences component is concerned with understanding how people seek, obtain, evaluate, use and categorize information.

Lower-division courses provide a computer science foundation, while upper-division courses emphasize database systems and computer networks. The program offers small class sizes and extensive opportunities for research, and requires an internship or research with a professor, typically completed during the senior year.

Graduates are prepared for graduate study as well as for entry-level employment in information technology roles in a variety of businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and academic institutions.

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Career Outlook

Students are prepared to integrate technology with human activities, respond to global changes, solve problems, and create and manage the technological production of information and creative products. Core information technology industries are among the fastest growing sectors in the U.S. economy. Graduates will find employment opportunities with corporations and businesses, nonprofit and government agencies, digital arts media industries and in the academic world.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Computer Network Architects$91,000
Computer Network Support Specialists $59,090
Computer Programmers $74,280
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary15.12%$72,200
Computer Systems Analysts $79,680
Computer Systems Engineers/Architects $81,140
Computer and Information Research Scientists$102,190
Computer and Information Systems Managers 16.9%$120,950
Database Administrators $77,080
Document Management Specialists $81,140
Education Teachers, Postsecondary15.12%$59,350
Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists $81,140
Informatics Nurse Specialists $79,680
Information Security Analysts$86,170
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 15.34%$53,430
Network and Computer Systems Administrators $72,560
Search Marketing Strategists $81,140
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 8.85%$55,050
Software Developers, Applications $90,060
Software Developers, Systems Software $99,000
Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers $81,140
Telecommunications Engineering Specialists $91,000
Web Administrators $81,140
Web Developers$62,500

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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