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Meet the Demand for Skilled Technology Experts

In today’s technology-driven world, the need for skilled professionals with an in-depth knowledge of network and computing systems is higher than ever. The Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing at City University of Seattle provides a solid foundation in all areas of computer science, including data programming, web development, information technology, system analysis, and more.

You’ll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and work with faculty who are also skilled professionals in this field – giving you not only the knowledge you need but also real-world application. You can earn your BS in Applied Computing in just two-and-a-half years, and upon completion, you’ll be prepared for a variety of professional roles.

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing will give you a solid foundation in computing and network technologies. This degree offers more relevant experience than your typical tech degree, with hands-on lab experience and highly experienced faculty.

This applied computing program is based on certificate programs for Cisco Certified Network Associate, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, and Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the applied computing bachelor’s program, you’ll learn:

  • Fundamental programming concepts
  • Working knowledge of web technology and how to create a website
  • Fundamentals of computing with an emphasis on the five basic areas of IT: applications, platforms, development, data, and communication
  • Human computer interaction (HCI), software design, and computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW)
  • Information systems composed of data acquisition, data transport, data manipulation, data storage, and data display
  • Basic operating system concepts and principles
  • Common threats and vulnerabilities, risk management techniques, and controls

Required Credits (180 Credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2020–2021 Course Catalog. 

Program Entry Requirements

This program requires MATH 138 College Algebra or higher for the College Mathematics requirement.

Lower-Division Requirements

Note: A minimum of two different academic disciplines is required in humanities, social studies, natural science/math.

Preparatory Courses (20 Credits)

CS 151 Programming with Python (5)

CS 225 Introduction to Web Design (5)

IS 201 Fundamentals of Computing (5)

MATH 146 Foundational Statistics (5)

Core Requirements (45 Credits)

BC 301 Critical Thinking (5)

CS 302 Human Computer Interaction (5)

IS 306 Data Management Communications and Networking (5)

IS 330 Information Systems (5)

IS 340 Operating Systems (5)

IS 345 Information Security (5)

IS 350 Systems Analysis and Design (5)

IS 471 IT Ethics (5)

PM 401 Introduction to Project Management (5)

Capstone (5 Credits)

CS 497 Technology Capstone (5)

Upon completion of the BS in Applied Computing program at CityU, you’ll be well prepared to work on the networks, data systems, and computing backbones that support every industry around today.

As a graduate, you may pursue a career as a:

  • Software developer
  • Network engineer, operator, or manager
  • Database engineer
  • Information security specialist
  • Systems integrator
  • Computer scientist

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.


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Founded in 1973, City University of Seattle offers over 60 on-site and online programs designed for busy working adults like you. When you enroll at CityU, you’ll have the support of a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are dedicated to helping you finish your degree and reach your goals.


CityU is recognized as a Top 10 educator of adults nationwide.1 In fact, students complete their degrees at twice the national rate.2


Develop marketable, real-world skills in courses taught by faculty who are practitioners working in your field.


Expand your expertise and your global perspectives in on-site and online courses with students from around the world.


Network with alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies, including Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, and Microsoft.