Bachelor of Applied Science
College of Applied Science and Technology
Develop core skills to propel your career in the field of applied computing. Choose from one of four areas of emphasis to specialize your degree: software development, network operations, information management and digital design.
Learn to use computation and technology as universal tools to solve problems and design and build computer-based systems and digital artifacts. This knowledge will prepare you to advance your career across a wide range of government, private, and public organizations including military, finance, retail, education and manufacturing.
This program features state-of-the-art online technologies to engage students in interactive assessments and exercises. Coursework is designed to maximize your ability to learn by doing. This hands-on learning provides real-world experience that will set you apart in a competitive job market.
Eligibility: CAST programs are designed for students transferring approximately 60 units from a regionally accredited institution. Entrance requirements include a >2.5 GPA, resume and goal statement. Before applying, we recommend discussing your background with a program adviser. Contact email@example.com or 520-621-0898 for a referral.
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Earning your Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Computing will build core skills, including:
- Cloud computing
- Computational thinking
- Data analysis
- Design thinking
- Networking architectures
- Problem solving
- Project management
- Statistical analysis
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Areas of Emphasis
In the Software Development emphasis, you will build a strong foundation in computer programming, web development and application development that will prepare you to increase your earning potential. Upon graduation, you may choose to pursue careers including software and web developer, data engineer, mobile app developer and data analyst.
In the Information Management emphasis, you will develop your understanding of database systems, web design, programming and data visualization and analysis. These skills will help prepare you to pursue careers in high-demand fields ranging from database administration, data analysis and engineering, web development and information architecture.
In the Network Operations emphasis, you will learn the engineering and operational activities required to create, operate and defend networks. This advanced program will challenge you to merge theory, understanding and practice. The curriculum includes operational labs, modern network architecture, advanced routing and switching, systems administration, cloud computing, network defense, wireless networking and network security.
Applied Artificial Intelligence
The Applied Artificial Intelligence (AI) emphasis focuses on AI algorithm development and applying AI to approach practical application problems. In this emphasis, you will master concepts and tools including machine learning, statistical analysis and data analytics in applied computing. This emphasis will prepare you to pursue careers such as AI Specialist/Developer, Data Engineer and Security Programmer.
Applied Artificial Intelligence
Specialized courses in this emphasis include:
- APCV 361: Data Analysis and Visualization
- CSCV 471: Artificial Intelligence
- CYBV 373: Violent Python
- CYBV 474: Advanced Analytics for Security Operations
In the Cloud Computing emphasis, you will become familiar with the complicated infrastructure related to virtualization, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. The course outline provides a baseline on virtualization technologies, introduction to cloud technologies, as well as courses focusing on Amazon and Microsoft, with advanced discussion topics on cloud computing.
The DevOps emphasis teaches core principles of Applied Computing, enabling you to develop a solid foundation in statistics, programming, networking and cybersecurity. Courses focus on the development and application of DevOps to approach practical application problems in secure computing. In this emphasis, you will gain hands-on, interdisciplinary experience alongside peers and expert faculty.