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Computer Science, Applied Track (B.S.)

B.S., Computer Science,
Applied Track

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

What You'll Do

In four years, IUP Computer Science majors transform from intelligent freshmen with little knowledge of computers to confident graduates ready to become software engineers or database administrators. As a Computer Science major pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in the Applied Computer Science track at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll receive a comprehensive education that will teach you skills that are in demand in today’s job market.

Some of the classes you’ll take are Applied Computer Programming, Software Engineering Concepts, and Web Architecture and Application Development. In this track, you may choose to minor in Applied Statistics, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Communications Media, Economics, Environmental Health Science, Geography, Geology, Information Assurance, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. You may also want to consider an internship.

IUP professors constantly update the curriculum to keep pace with changing industry needs and practices. Your education at IUP will closely follow the recommendations of the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society.

What You'll Become

The Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science achieved through pursuit of the Applied Computer Science track prepares students for a wide variety of jobs in industry: software engineer, database administrator, Web applications programmer, systems analyst, support specialist, and many others. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer software engineer is one of the job categories expected to grow most quickly over the 2006-2016 decade with a 38 percent increase. Also fueling job growth in computer occupations will be concerns about information security in businesses and government. Computer systems analysts are also expected to be in very high demand, but computer programmers will see a slight employment decline, according to the report.

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Special Features

  • Students have access to three computer labs that provide a wide selection of software needed for class assignments and projects.
  • Several scholarships and awards are available to students through the IUP Computer Science Department.
  • Research conducted by faculty members and students has covered topics such as robotics, covert channels, games development, image analysis, and information assurance.
  • The Computer Science Club is a student-run organization that meets on a weekly basis to discuss topics and to work on projects related to the computer science field.
  • Students can choose to live on a Computer Science floor in one of IUP’s residential suites buildings; this arrangement offers specialty programs and easy access to other students who share an interest in computers.