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Computer science student, Patrick Burton working on his laptop outside

Investigate the ways fundamental theories in computer science can be translated into real-world applications.

Applied Computer Science B.A.

Offered by: Department of Computer & Information Science With a degree in applied computer science, you’ll be ready to design the future of medicine, business, engineering, and the arts. In the Department of Computer and Information Science at IUPUI, applied computer science students investigate the ways fundamental theories can be translated into real-world applications.

Why choose this program?

The use of computer systems is pervasive in society, creating an on-going demand for people who can provide the technical knowledge to support an array of systems and applications. Computer scientist and computer and information systems manager positions are expected to grow much faster than average through 2018. Sophisticated and complex technology is being implemented across all organizations, and maintaining the computer network is essential to almost every organization.

From day one in computer science, you’ll receive the personal attention and support you need to be successful. Full-time faculty, not graduate students, will teach all your required courses, and even your introductory classes will usually have fewer than 50 students. Your advanced classes will have just 10-15 students, and you’ll work closely with your professors. The department maintains a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.

All students, including undergraduates, are exposed to research opportunities. Students at all levels often work one-on-one with talented senior faculty to conduct research and expand knowledge in the discipline.

See Computer Science undergraduate programs

What will you learn?

With a degree in applied computer science, you’ll be ready to design the future of medicine, business, engineering, and the arts. In the Department of Computer and Information Science at IUPUI, applied computer science students investigate the ways fundamental theories can be translated into real-world applications. Committed to having real impact in their work and community, our graduates emerge armed with the technical proficiency, project management skills, communication expertise, and analytical skills needed to develop innovative solutions to the toughest technology challenges.

Computer science is one of the fastest growing fields in the United States. With a degree in applied computer science from IUPUI, you’ll be prepared for these jobs and for lifetime of interesting and important work. From medicine and industry to the arts, you’ll know how to collaborate with the best minds to turn theory into reality.

Our graduates enter the workplace armed with the technical proficiency, project management skills, communication expertise and high-level skills needed to develop working solutions for computing challenges into the future.

What will you do?

Computer science is one of the fastest growing fields in the United States. In fact, by 2018 almost 75% of new science and engineering jobs will be in computer science.

Learn more about the career outlook for computer science graduates.

  • Database Development
  • Visual Basic Development
  • Web Development
  • Multimedia Development
  • System & Network Administration
  • Programmer/Analyst
  • Technical Writing
  • Sales & Marketing

Degree requirements

The B.A. in Applied Computer Science offers a balance of theoretical and applied computing coursework to prepare a student for multiple pathways into the information technology workforce. The student's additional coursework in the liberal arts and social sciences further enhances communication skills and understanding of issues in other sectors of the economy.  The program requires 120 credit hours including core courses in computer science that are supplemented by applied electives and rounded out with courses in algebra and statistics, foreign language, communications, liberal arts and social sciences. This program allows students flexibility in pursuing a minor or undergraduate certificate program of their choice.

Details of the degree requirements will soon be available in IUPUI bulletin.

Capstone experience

The senior capstone provides students with an excellent opportunity to complete their academics through large team projects, research or internships. These hands-on experiences cultivate technical expertise, utilization of analytical thinking, quantitative reasoning, project management skills, and communication skills.

What's the difference between a B.A. and a B.S.?

Degree Requirements

  • The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science generally requires more science hours while the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Computer Science offers a broader-based education with more required humanities and liberal arts courses.
  • Details of all degree requirements can be found in the IUPUI bulletin.
  • Download degree checklists and plans of study on the Computer Science B.S. program page or the Applied Computer Science B.A. program page.
  • The curriculum for the the BS differs from the BA program in a number of substantial ways:
  B.A. B.S.
Mathematics

Math 15300 (Algebra And Trig I), Math 15400 (Algebra And Trig II),Stat 30100 (Intro. Statistics)

Math 16500 (Calculus I),  Math 16600 (Calculus II),  Math 17100 (Multidimensional), Math 35100 or 51100 (Linear Algebra), Stat 35100 (Statistics) or Stat 41600 (Probability) or Stat 51100 (Statistical Methods)
Science 4 science courses from approved list, including one laboratory course 4 science courses from approved list, including Phys 15200 (Mechanics) and at least one laboratory course
Foreign Language 10 cr. hr. or equivalent required None required 
Core Computer Science Courses 5 required 9 required
Applied Computer Science Courses Allows 8 or more Up to 3
Elective Courses from Other Schools 8-11cr. hr. free electives; up to 5 can be chosen from 300-400 level theoretical or applied courses; or courses leading to  a chosen minor in business, economics, or other liberal arts/social science disciplines   Up to 6 cr. hr. plus up to 13 cr. hr. free electives; no applied courses 
See IUPUI bulletin

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