Applied Computing (BS)

Students in the Applied Computing degree program will learn how to apply computer science skills with a greater understanding of how these skills operate in the real-world through applications such as big data analytics. With a focus on experiential learning, students have the opportunity to design smartphone apps and prepare for careers in computer analytics, cybersecurity, networking and social media application.

The School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences offers a BS degree in applied computing in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science at ASU's West campus.

Applied computing provides a foundation in computer science, combining technical computing skills with an understanding of the impact of computer science in real-world contexts.

The technical component of the applied computing program pertains to the design and use of appropriate systems and technologies while the social sciences component delves into 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 either an internship or research with a professor, which is 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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Applied Computing (BS)
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New College has an interdisciplinary philosophy that prepares students for the real world, where multiple skills are required to thrive.

The Applied Computing degree provides a computer science foundation through its lower-division courses, offering upper-division courses in database systems, computer networks, and cybersecurity. These focus areas are ubiquitous and in high demand, leading to rewarding careers that include:

  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Data Scientist
  • Database Analyst
  • Database/Web Developer
  • Network Analyst
  • Network Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • System Engineer

New College fosters an interdisciplinary environment and encourages students to earn a concurrent degree or minor to combine computing with its applications in other disciplines, opening up doors for even more careers.

The program offers small class sizes and extensive opportunities for faculty and student partnerships that provide unique and impactful collegiate experiences. Upper-division courses include team projects and presentations of the latest topics in that field, honing the students' communication skills. Students get a depth of knowledge in the focus areas, providing a strong foundation and establishing the interconnections among these important fields of study.

The applied component of this computer science degree is realized both by hands-on class projects throughout the curriculum and its requirement for internships and/or research, which is typically completed during the senior year. Students work with industry partners and faculty to apply their knowledge to solve real world problems before they graduate. Students use their programming expertise, systems knowledge, and critical thinking skills to effectively problem-solve and articulate their solutions as part of their internship or research through presentations, posters, and papers.

Graduates are well-prepared for entry-level employment in information technology roles in a variety of businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and academic institutions. Our graduates, especially those that have taken advantage of the many research opportunities, have continued on to graduate study both at the master's and Ph.D. levels.

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
Network and Computer Systems Administrators7.9%$75,790
Computer Network Architects8.7%$98,430
Computer Network Support Specialists7.5%$61,830
Computer Programmers-8%$77,550
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary8.7%$72,010
Computer and Information Research Scientists10.7%$108,360
Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers 3.3%$83,410
Computer Systems Engineers/Architects 3.3%$83,410
Computer Systems Analysts 20.9%$82,710
Web Administrators 3.3%$83,410
Database Administrators11.1%$80,280
Document Management Specialists 3.3%$83,410
Education Teachers, Postsecondary9.1%$59,720
Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists 3.3%$83,410
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.8%$56,310
Information Security Analysts 17.9%$88,890
Computer and Information Systems Managers 15.4%$127,640
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.9%$54,940
Informatics Nurse Specialists 20.9%$82,710
Search Marketing Strategists 3.3%$83,410
Software Developers, Systems Software 13%$102,880
Software Developers, Applications 18.8%$95,510
Telecommunications Engineering Specialists 8.7%$98,430
Web Developers 26.6%$63,490

* 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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