Applied Computer Science

About the applied computer science major

Technology can be found in all industries—from medicine, to business, to engineering, and more. With a degree in applied computer science, you’ll be ready to design the future of medicine, business, engineering, and the arts. At IU Indianapolis, applied computer science students investigate the ways fundamental theories can be translated into real-world applications.

This major focuses on building foundational skills in computing, while also developing soft skills to be leaders in the IT world. You'll take a course on project management and have an opportunity to build your leadership skills. While the Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science focuses on mathematics and theory, this major focuses on applying your learning in real time to be ready for industry.

Skills and abilities this major develops: technical proficiency, project management skills, communication expertise, and analytical skills.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Computing I & II
  • Data structures
  • Discrete computational structures
  • Fundamentals of software project management
  • Web design

Possible careers

  • Application developer
  • Database administrator
  • IT analyst
  • Project manager
  • Software developer
  • Systems administrator
  • Web developer

Where could I work?

  • Allegion
  • Cummins
  • IU Health
  • Kronos
  • Ontario Systems
  • Raytheon Technologies
  • Salesforce

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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