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Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing Systems & Technology

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Applied Computing Systems and Technology prepares competent professionals who are able to make valuable contributions to organizations through the innovative application of information systems and technology. This is accomplished by providing students with a challenging academic program of study presented by a faculty of experienced Information Systems and Information Technology professionals.  The program offers a body of knowledge and methods, as well as practical experiences using computing technologies. It emphasizes the development of abilities to think critically, communicate technical information effectively, collaborate in team environments, and develop and apply computer-based solutions to practical problems. The technical areas covered as part of the core coursework include problem solving, analysis, programming, relational database systems, information technology hardware and software, computer networks, and IT security. 

Suggested minors for the Applied Computing Systems and Technology degree:

SoPA offers academic programs highly relevant to Applied Computing students, who may want to consider them as minors; as follows:

  • Business Systems Analysis concentrators are encouraged to consider a minor in Business Studies.
  • Integrated Application Development concentrators should consider a minor in Media Arts.
  • Those in the Information Technology concentration should consider a minor in Homeland Security Studies.

Degree Requirements

Core Competencies Credits
English 1010 Writing or CSEN 1250 Writing 4

Math – Select two courses:

  • Any Math
  • CPST 1070 Math for Information Technology
  • BSMT 3250 Business Statistics

(note: only one of MATH 1110, MATH 1140, and BSMT 3250 allowed)


Foreign Language or non-Western Culture


Supporting Requirement Credits
Oral Communications – Select one course:
  • SPEC 1400 Intro to Public Speaking
  • SPEC 3110 Small Group Communications
  • THEA 2100 Fundamentals of Acting
  • BSMT 2250 Business Communications
Distribution Requirements (at least two disciplines per category) Credits
Humanities (CPST 3050 Technology and Ethics recommended) 12
Sciences 12
Social Sciences 12
Writing Requirement Credits
Designated writing course (Can be a Writing Across the Curriculum course which can also be used to fulfill a major, minor, or distribution requirement) 3-4
Major Requirements Credits
Major Core Courses (See Major Requirements below) 18
Major Concentration Courses (See Major Requirements below) 18
Minor (optional) Credits
Varies according to minor chosen  
General Electives Credits
As needed to total 120 credits  
Total 120


Major Requirements

All Applied Computing majors are required to take the following 6 major core courses.

Major Core Courses Credits
CPST 1200 Fundamentals of Information Systems and Information Technology 3
CPST 2200 Programming Fundamentals 3
CPST 2300 Database Fundamentals 3
CPST 3600 IT Hardware and Software Fundamentals 3
CPST 3700 Networking Fundamentals 3
CPST 3900 Fundamentals of Information Security and Assurance 3
Total 18

In addition to the major core courses above, Applied Computing majors must select 6 additional courses from one of the 3 following concentration options:

Option 1: Integrated Application Development Concentration Credits
Select one course:
  • CPST 3220 O-O Programming with Java
  • CPST 3230 Programming in C++
  • CPST 3400 Website Development with XML/XHTML
  • CPST 3410 Website Development with JavaScript
  • CPST 3430 Website Development with ASP
CPST 3310 Relational Database Design and Development 3
CPST 3250 Human-Computer Interaction 3
CPST 3550 Systems Analysis and Design 3
CPST 4250 Integrated Application Development 3
One CPST Elective (2000 level or above) 3
Total 18


Option 2: Business Systems Analysis Concentration Credits
CPST 3500 Information Systems Project Management 3
CPST 3550 Systems Analysis and Design 3
CPST 4500 Systems Requirements Development and Testing 3
CPST 4550 Applied Systems Analysis 3
Select one course:
  • CPST-3250 Human-Computer Interaction
  • CPST-4320 Business Intelligence
One CPST Elective (2000 level or above) 3
Total 18


Option 3: Information Technology Concentration Credits
Select six courses:
  • CPST 3500 Information Systems Project Management
  • CPST 3610 Internet Server Administration with Windows Server and IIS
  • CPST 3650 Internet Server Administration with Linux and Apache
  • CPST 3690 Microcomputer Hardware
  • CPST 3710 Internet Technologies
  • CPST 3930 Cyber Threats and Cyber Security
  • CPST 4350 Database Administration
  • CPST 4610 Network Administration
  • CPST 4640 TCP/IP Protocol
  • CPST 4650 Unix Systems Administration
  • CPST 4670 Advanced Network Administration
  • CPST 4700 Wide Area Networks
  • CPST 4710 Managing a Network Infrastructure
  • CPST 4750 IP Routing and Switching
  • CPST 4930 Network Security
  • CPST 4950 Website Security
Total 18