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Earn Your Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing Systems & Technology

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The Applied Computing Systems & Technology bachelor's degree program from Tulane School of Professional Advancement allows students to gain practical computer science skills ingrained in the structures, security systems, and communication tools of everyday life. This degree program is suitable for anyone interested in developing specialized skills in the computing technology sector.

We place a special emphasis on teaching students how to collaborate, think critically, communicate effectively, and develop IT solutions. Core coursework areas include analysis, information technology hardware and software, computer networks, information technology (IT) security, programming, computer networks, and more.

Develop Your Career On Your Time

For added flexibility, this degree program includes core course offerings available online and on campus, including evening and weekend class options. You can complete the program entirely on campus, or combine both online and in-person learning to best suit your schedule. Pursue your education without putting the rest of your life on hold.

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Develop Job-ready Skills for Rewarding Careers

Whether you’re already working in the technology sector or looking for a career change, you can take the first step with a bachelor’s in Computing Systems & Technology from SoPA. With driven, collaborative classmates and experienced faculty, you’ll gain practical industry knowledge in relevant fields such as cybersecurity, data and systems analysis, web and application development, and information technology. Cater your degree to your interests by choosing one of our four major concentrations: Integrated Application Development, Business Systems Analysis, Information Technology, and Cybersecurity.

Graduates of our program are prepared to work as:

  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Application Developer
  • System Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • Database Administrator
  • Systems and Business Analyst
  • Project Manager/scrum master

Not only can our program equip students for related positions, but we also help prepare students to pursue post-graduate degrees. Because of the consistent growth and advancement of this particular field, the opportunities for students are plentiful.

Connect With Industry Experts

Our faculty is comprised of computing technology professionals with backgrounds in government, academic, and corporate settings. These industry leaders bring real-world experience to the classroom and help students connect with present and future computer science experts through professional networks throughout New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

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Admission Requirements

To apply for the BS in Applied Computing Systems & Technology program, students must have earned a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma prior to the semester in which they would like to enroll. Students are not required to take standardized tests and SoPA has an open admissions policy for all undergraduate study. Transfer students must be in good standing with the most recent prior college attended or have completed any dismissal terms set forth by the previous academic institution.

Degree Requirements

The School of Professional Advancement awards the Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing Systems & Technology degree following the successful completion of 120 credits, including 18 credits in the major and 18 credits in the chosen concentration of study.

BS Academic Progress Requirements

Undergraduate students are required to maintain the following minimum grade-point average throughout their enrollment dependant on the total number of credit hours completed:

  • 1-30 cumulative attempted credit hours completed: 1.75 minimum cumulative GPA
  • 31-61 cumulative attempted credit hours completed: 1.85 minimum cumulative GPA
  • 62-93 cumulative attempted credit hours completed: 1.95 minimum cumulative GPA
  • 94-124 cumulative attempted credit hours completed: 2.00 minimum cumulative GPA

Students will be placed on academic probation upon failure to meet these requirements. The cumulative grade-point average of a student is calculated by dividing the number of quality points a student has earned by the total number of quality hours (including credits with failures). Only the grades of S, U, NR, W, and grades in courses affected by SoPA's Repeated Course policy are excluded from this calculation.

Eligibility for Transfer Credits

If you're interested in transferring to Tulane SoPA, our advisors can work with you to determine which courses will be accepted and help you navigate the process. We accept credits for transfer from all fully accredited institutions. In order to transfer course credit from another school, Tulane SoPA must offer a comparable course, and the student must have achieved a C- or higher. Courses transferred from other institutions are never figured into the grade point average. Your advisor can also help you in the case that your previous school operated on a quarter system instead of semesters. Tulane SoPA accepts a maximum of 60 hours of transfer credits for bachelor’s degrees.

Visit our Student Transfers page to learn more about this process.

Listing of Required Courses

In addition to the core competencies required for the Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing Systems and Technology degree, there are six core courses required in the major and six courses required in one of the four major concentrations.

Core Competencies

ENGL 1010 Writing 4
  Math – Select two courses: 6
  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 6-8

Supporting Requirements

  Oral Communications – Select one course: 3
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)

  Humanities (CPST 3050 Technology and Ethics recommended) 12
  Sciences 12
  Social Sciences 12

Writing Requirement

  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

  Major Core Courses (See Major Requirements below) 18
  Major Concentration Courses (See Major Requirements below) 18

Minor (optional)

  Varies according to minor chosen  

General Electives

  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

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 4 following concentration options:

Option 1: Integrated Application Development Concentration

  Select one course: 3
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

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: 3
CPST-3250 Human-Computer Interaction  
CPST-4320 Business Intelligence  
  One CPST Elective (2000 level or above) 3
  Total 18


Option 3: Information Technology Concentration

  Select six courses: 18
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


Option 4: Cybersecurity Concentration

CPST 3930 Cyber Threats and Cybersecurity 3
CPST 3650 Linux Administration and Linux Security 3
CPST 4610 Network Administration 3
CPST 4930 Network Security, Firewalls and VPNs 3
  Select two courses: 6
CPST 4810 Windows Security  
CPST 4850 Penetration Testing  
CPST 4870 System Forensics, Investigation & Response  
CPST 4900 Advanced Computer Security  
CPST 4950 Website Security  
  Total 18

Read our course descriptions for an in-depth look at our curriculum.

Tuition & Fees

Summer 2019

Summer 2019 Tuition

  • All SoPA Undergraduate: $433/credit
  • All SoPA Graduate: $1,000/credit
  • Non-SoPA summer courses that are not cross-listed: $1,107/credit
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificates & Professional Certificates: $433/credit

Summer 2019 Fees

  • Undergraduate Application Fee: $40
  • Graduate Application Fee: $50
  • Graduate Credit for Prior Learning Portfolio Fee: $1,000

Fall 2019 & Spring 2020

Fall 2019 & Spring 2020 Tuition

  • All SoPA Undergraduate: $474/credit
  • All SoPA Graduate: $1,039/credit
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificates & Professional Certificates: $474/credit

Fall 2019 & Spring 2020 Fees

  • Undergraduate Application Fee: $40
  • Graduate Application Fee: $50
  • Academic Support Fee: $60
  • Student Activity Fee: $12 per three-credit course ($48 maximum)
  • Graduate Credit for Prior Learning Portfolio Fee: $1,000

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