Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing



$525 Per Credit

Future-focused, Real-world Application of Technology and Business

Applied computing is the study of both theoretical and applied computer science. Considered the intersection of information technology, computer science, and business, applied computing focuses on technical computing concepts and the development of skills in organizational leadership and business strategy.

Organizations across industries need computing professionals that are great programmers, and can drive business success with skills like project management, communication, and IT strategy. Designed for working adults, the Bachelor’s in Applied Computing degree completion program will help you develop skills in both programming technology and business to prepare you to stand out and secure your spot in this growing field.

Because the program was designed with working adults in mind, skills are combined and taught in the same way professionals utilize them day-to-day in the workplace. With the capstone course, you’ll get a chance to apply your knowledge to a real-world project, giving you the practical experience employers will notice. This applied program will teach you current technologies, as well as the techniques you need to successfully learn future technology systems to keep you ahead of the IT curve.

Upon graduation, you will be well prepared to work in organizations public and private, in virtually any industry: healthcare, computer science, information technology, retail, marketing, manufacturing, transportation, communication, education, insurance, finance, science, security, law enforcement, and more. The dual-natured curriculum focuses both on developing a strong technical foundation, as well as the nuanced professional skills required to thrive in any IT role.

Universities of Wisconsin partners in Applied Computing include: UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW Platteville, UW-River Falls and UW-Stevens Point.

Program Description

The UW Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing offers 100% online courses. All course content, from multimedia lectures and e-learning tools to homework assignments, will be delivered to you through the program’s online learning management system. You can study and do homework whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you.

Students are required to take each of the 21 technical- and business-focused courses in the curriculum. Due to the unique nature of the program, courses from other degree programs may not transfer in directly for Applied Computing courses. Only your home campus can determine how previous coursework might satisfy Applied Computing requirements.

Career Opportunities

The UW Applied Computing program proves to employers that you have the tools required to solve their organization’s day-to-day technical and operational issues. More importantly, it teaches you how to develop new technologies and participate in future tech innovation so you’ll know how to fix tomorrow’s problems.

Today’s employers need well-rounded IT professionals. This unique computer science curriculum has a sharp focus on business skills like project management, IS strategy, and legal and ethical issues, so you can use your technical expertise to propel the organization forward.

Completing this applied degree will indicate to employers that you’re skilled in the hands-on application of the tools and technologies you’ll need on a day-to-day basis. This degree can be the foundation for a variety of positions, including:

  • Software developer
  • Database developer
  • Systems administrator
  • Application/full stack developer
  • Software engineer
  • Video game developer
  • Business analyst
  • Web developer
  • Project manager


To be eligible for the Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing students must meet the following requirements:

  • Approximately 45-60 transferable general education credits with a 2.0 minimum grade point average (GPA). There are options available for those who do not meet this general education requirement, such as potentially taking them through your chosen home campus,
  • Prerequisite coursework in college algebra or equivalent coursework,
  • Official college transcripts.

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