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Applied Computing

Bachelor of Applied Science

Prepare to advance your career at the intersection of information technology, computer science, information science and systems.

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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 onlineadmissions@email.arizona.edu or 520-621-0898 for a referral.

Career Level: Undergraduate
Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science
College: College of Applied Science and Technology

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $500
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

The core curriculum for the BAS in Applied Computing includes:

  • APCV 302: Statistics in the Information Age - Receive an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics, as well as data complexity, uncertainty and variation in information age. Discuss techniques for interpreting the data.
  • APCV 320: Computational Thinking and Doing - Explore basic programming and techniques used by computing professionals in a variety of application areas. Topics include computation, programs, algorithms, programming languages, and complexity, as well as how these concepts and techniques are used to solve problems in computing.
  • CYBV 301: Fundamentals of Cyber Security - Gain an introduction to cyber security policy, doctrine and operational constraints. A broad survey of cybersecurity concepts, tools, technologies and best practices will be presented. Use hands-on activities to become familiar with and practice cybersecurity techniques and procedures.
  • APCV 310: Introduction to Computing - Explore computing concepts in hardware, software, networking, data processing, and other emerging technologies. Topics cover information representation, relational databases, system design, web development, and cutting edge technologies for CPU, operating systems and networks.
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Choose Your Area of Emphasis

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Software Development

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.

Software Development Specialized Courses
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Software Development

Specialized courses in this emphasis include:

  • CSCV 335: Object-Oriented Programming and Design
  • CSCV 337: Web Programming
  • CSCV 352: Systems Programming and UNIX
  • APCV 361: Data Analysis and Visualization

View detailed information for the Software Development emphasis

Software Development Details
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Information Management

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.

Information Management Specialized Courses
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Information Management

Specialized courses in this emphasis include:

  • CSCV 337: Web Programming
  • APCV 361: Data Analysis and Visualization
  • APCV 360: Database Management Fundamentals
  • CSCV 460: Database Design

View detailed information for the Information Management emphasis

Information Management Details
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Network Operations

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.

Network Operations Specialized Courses
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Network Operations

Specialized courses in this emphasis include:

  • NETV/INFV 370: Intro to Network Design and Architecture
  • NETV 371: Network Security Principles
  • NETV 375: Advanced Routing and WAN Technologies
  • NETV 379: Cloud Computing

View detailed information for the Network Operations emphasis

Network Operations Details
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Digital Design

In the Digital Design emphasis, you will actively build, shape and create digital worlds. You will analyze and visualize data, then design engaging and effective applications. Upon graduation, you will be ready for careers in web and game design, game development and general digital design.

Digital Design Specialized Courses
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Digital Design

Specialized courses in this emphasis include:

  • APCV 403: Principles of Web Design
  • APCV 405: Introduction to Game Design
  • APCV 406: Introduction to Game Development
  • APCV 361: Data Analysis and Visualization

View detailed information for the Digital Design emphasis

Digital Design Details
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