College of Science and Mathematics

Pairing technology and other fields in applied computing

By Jan Joslin | September 9, 2022
Two students looking at a computer screen in a dark computer lab class room.

CSU’s new Bachelor of Arts in applied computing pairs a related discipline such as business, cybersecurity, or graphic arts with traditional computer science skills such as software development and computational problem-solving. Students gain a strong foundation in computer science and how to apply it in a particular field.

Dr. Sean Hayes, associate professor and chair of computer science, said, “Computer technology is essential in almost every discipline. The applied computing major is for students who want to apply their love of technology to their other areas of interest.”

The applied computing major is highly flexible, allowing students to not only develop programming and problem-solving experiences for a general discipline but also to tailor their coursework to meet their unique career goals, skill sets, and passions.

Graduates of this program can enter the workforce as software developers for desktop, mobile or web apps, IT Analysis, or network specialists. The major also prepares students for computer-related professions in almost any field including business, the visual and musical arts, religious service, public service, or health care.

“Students who enroll in this major can complete school with course schedules that meet their already busy lives,” said Hayes. 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, but students are able to take most courses online.

Hayes said, “Almost all businesses operate online with unique hardware and software requirements. Companies are struggling to respond to the ever-changing threat landscape. With a concentration in cybersecurity, graduates will have a very attractive skillset that stands out above other computer professionals.”

This major sets students up for success to meet the demands of the future job market and opportunities for additional education. Some students in the major choose to pursue a Master of Business Administration after completing applied computing.

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