Applied Computing, BS

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Students in the Applied Computing degree program will learn how to apply computer science skills and operate in the real-world such as big data analytics, design smartphone apps, prepare for careers in computer analytics, cybersecurity, networking and social media application.

Learn fundamental computer science and achieve advanced technical expertise while also understanding how these important skills operate in the real world. When you engage in interdisciplinary connections at ASU's West campus then apply your knowledge through internships and research, you are preparing for a career in computing, especially cybersecurity, databases or networks.


Students in the BS program in applied computing learn a computer science foundation and then explore the established knowledge and emerging developments in the high-demand areas of database systems, computer networks and cybersecurity. The program also provides the opportunity to investigate interdisciplinary connections, including the combination of computing with its real-world application in other disciplines through concurrent degrees and minors.

Hands-on class projects, internships, industry partnerships and authentic and impactful research conducted with faculty provide numerous opportunities for students to apply their knowledge before they graduate. Students use their programming expertise, systems knowledge and critical thinking skills to effectively problem-solve and articulate their experience through presentations, scientific posters and professional papers.

With a depth of knowledge and experience in databases, networks and cybersecurity, graduates have a strong foundation in systems with established interconnections among these fields that prepares them for graduate study and for careers that include cybersecurity analysts, database architects and network engineers.

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Applied Computing, BS

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Career outlook

Graduates 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 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
Network and Computer Systems Administrators6.1%$81,100
Computer Network Support Specialists8.3%$62,340
Computer Programmers-7.2%$82,240
Computer Systems Analysts9.1%$88,270
Database Administrators 11.5%$87,020
Information Security Analysts 28.5%$95,510
Computer and Information Systems Managers 12%$139,220
Software Developers, Systems Software 11.1%$107,600
Software Developers, Applications 30.7%$101,790
Web Developers 15%$67,990

* 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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