Your Future in Applied Computing

The Charleston Southern Bachelor of Arts in applied computing is a highly flexible and challenging degree for those who want to prepare for computer-related professions typically found in the fields of business, the arts, religious service, public service, healthcare, etc. This degree program offers three concentrations: cybersecurity, business, and graphic arts. The cybersecurity and business concentrations may be taken completely online or in-person. The graphic arts concentration may only be completed in-person at this time, though students have the opportunity to take most courses online.

Students in this major must complete a required senior project. 

The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Computing is a highly flexible and challenging major for those who want to enter the workforce as desktop, mobile or web developers, IT Analysis, or network specialists. The major also prepares you for computer-related professions in almost any field including business, the visual and musical arts, religious service, public service, or health care. The required coursework provides students with a broad technical foundation, giving students a launching pad to pursue more advanced topics. Students may choose between 3 concentrations: business, cybersecurity, or graphic arts.

The Business Concentration provides students with the essential business skills for management, accounting, and marketing. Students gain the technical skills to address computing challenges as well as the administrative skills necessary to run a business.


The Cybersecurity Concentration provides students a very attractive skillset to identify vulnerabilities, harden systems, and defend against attacks. Employers have confidence in these graduates to maintain and improve the security of essential business data and services.

The Graphic Arts Concentration combines the technical skills of computer science with the artistic talents of the student. Students focus on digital and visual design, making them ideal candidates as web developers, user experience (UX) designers, or graphic interface developers. This concentration requires some classes to be taken on campus.

CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Sean Hayes

Sean Hayes

Associate Professor and Chair of Computer Science

Applied Computing

Students majoring in this field experience high job satisfaction and a high job placement rate in financially rewarding careers. The coursework is highly flexible and most classes can be completed online.

As an Applied Computing major, you’ll take courses like…

  • Data Structure Analysis
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Mobile and Wireless Networks
  • Network Security
  • Database Management
  • User-Interface Programming

Graduates are equipped for a variety of career paths.

  • Computer Programmer
  • Website Creation
  • IT
  • Systems Administration
  • Risk Assessment
  • Quality Assessment
  • Software Development
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College of Science and Mathematics

Charleston Southern’s College of Science and Mathematics ensures through its curricula and course offerings that students in all majors demonstrate an understanding of the continuing role of science and mathematics in human progress. In addition, it provides majors in science and science related fields with the necessary skills for successful careers in their chosen major or for further study in graduate school or professional programs.

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Ashby Hall houses classrooms, labs, computer labs, an auditorium and faculty offices for math and computer science. Named for H. E. Ashby.

After 10 years working in Telecommunication, I needed a new path for my career. CSU’s computer science program offered me that path. With flexible course schedules both in the classroom and online, I was able to continue working full-time while earning my BA in computer and information sciences. The faculty was extremely knowledgeable of the topics, readily available during office hours and understanding of my work schedule to accommodate my needs. Going back to earn my degree was the right decision for me; I only wish I had done it sooner.

Thomas Finch / computer and information sciences, ’16SCANA

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