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.

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. Students' depth of knowledge and experience in databases, networks and cybersecurity provide graduates with a strong foundation in systems with established interconnections among these fields, preparing them for graduate study and careers including cybersecurity analysts, database architects and network engineers.

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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 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
Database Architects 3.3%$83,410
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 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
Information Security Analysts 17.9%$88,890
Computer and Information Systems Managers 15.4%$127,640
Software Developers, Systems Software 13%$102,880
Software Developers, Applications 18.8%$95,510
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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