University of Charleston

University of Charleston

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Applied Computer Science

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    4 Years

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Program Overview

The Applied Computer Science major provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue successful careers in fields such as software development, network administration, mobile computing, and website design. The curriculum emphasizes the practical application of the tools and techniques that computer science professionals utilize to identify problems and devise solutions for issues relating to information technology, including a strong emphasis on the coding and programming skills that are highly valued by employers. 


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Freshman applicants with a 2.5 or higher high school GPA and transfer students with a 2.0 or higher cumulative college GPA meet our general admissions requirements but must complete the program-specific requirements for admission into the program.


Program Specific Requirements


  • Students must have a 27 ACT math score, or they must have completed MATH 123 before they are able to enroll in MATH 201
  • In order to graduate, a student must receive a minimum grade of “C” for each of the program courses.
  • Applied Computer Science majors must meet all University of Charleston graduation requirements and successfully complete the Applied Computer Science Capstone


Program Highlights

  • Students looking for career opportunities as computer support specialists, systems analysts, computer technicians, or help desk technicians will find the Information Technology major great preparation for these fields.

  • Four majors available to tailor your career preparation: Technology Applications, Video Game Development, Cybersecurity, or Information Technology

  • Technology Applications prepares students for careers as full stack developers, software engineers, web developers, computer system engineers, database administrators, and mobile application designers.

  • The Video Game Development major includes courses to help the student develop video games through coding, 3D animation, and game design.

  • Cybersecurity majors learn to protect, store, and secure data as well as to detect and address security incidents, leading to a wide range of career opportunities.

Program Outcomes

  • Projected Employment Growth

    Employment of computer scientists is projected to grow 24 percent through 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Software developers and computer scientists will be needed to respond to an increased demand for computer software.

  • Prepared for the Workforce

    You will be prepared to help meet the demand for business-focused IT professionals, and pursue many roles including web development, software development and cyber security.

  • Practical Experience through Internships

    Students gain practical experience through placements with technology companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Meet the Faculty

Meet the Faculty

Vincent Smith, PhD

Program Director of Applied Computer Science and Data Analytics

Karen Kail, MA

Assistant Professor