What can you do with a B.S. in Applied Computer Science?

The field of applied computer science is robust and offers plenty of opportunities. With your computer science degree, you’ll gain an understanding of programming and other technical skills that are in high demand in various industries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupations in the field of computer and information technology are expected to grow 12% between 2018 and 2028, faster than the national average.

You can join this rapidly expanding field with a degree from Point Park University. The online computer science bachelor’s degree program allows you to choose from four concentrations that help tailor your education to your career goals. They include software development, big data and analytics, networking and security, and a general track.

Curriculum Overview

Point Park’s online computer science bachelor’s degree covers relevant topics like web development, big data and digital security while ensuring a diverse curriculum that offers students key skills needed for career preparedness. No matter the concentration you choose, each course in our program is developed for professionals by professionals, with our highly experienced instructors offering expertise from their own unique experiences. With our supportive online community on your side, you’ll have access to our dedicated support staff from application to graduation. With an applied computer science degree, your future is at your fingertips.

Transform Your Experience into College Credit

Point Park University is proud to introduce a new Prior Learning Assessment and Advanced Standing/Experiential Learning Credit opportunities. Students can transfer credits from qualifying experiences, including other college institutions, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST exams) or UEXCEL exams, Advanced Placement credit and experiential learning assessment portfolio submissions. Experiential learning credits are not considered current coursework for financial aid and they do not fulfill any of the minimum 30 credits that must be completed at Point Park University to graduate. In addition, experiential learning credits through portfolio submissions are capped at 18 credits.

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Next Start Date: August 29, 2021
Est. Program Length: 2 – 4 Years
Credit Hours: 121
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Cost Per Credit: $520
Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 90
  • Next Start Date: August 29, 2021

  • Est. Program Length: 2 – 4 Years

  • Credit Hours: 121

  • Course Length: 8 Weeks

  • Cost Per Credit: $520

  • Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 90

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Course Offerings

Admission Requirements

Course Description
This course introduces students to the different kinds of communities that people construct for themselves (e.g. social, political, artistic, etc.) and the values and dynamics that define such communities (e.g. cooperation, civility, tolerance, responsibility, etc.). The notion of what it means to be a responsible member of the community will actively be explored and discussed by engagement and analysis of multiple communities: the classroom community, the Point Park University community, and the Pittsburgh community. Students will also examine the responsibilities they have to their personal academic development.

Course Description
This course included communication theory as well as speech preparation, delivery, and communication technology. Student learning focuses on researching, composing, and delivering formal and impromptu speeches and presentations. Topics include research, analyzing and adapting audiences, message construction, outlining, delivery of messages and effective use of visual aids and technology. This course will develop each student’s ability to communicate effectively with respect to audience and purpose. The major emphasis is on the preparation and delivery of presentations ranging from one-on-one pitches and small group discussion to large audience speeches.

Course Description
Students will write argument-based assignments leading to an independently researched project based on academic and professional goals. Students will be required to 1.) find and integrate a variety of sources, 2.) read and analyze these sources, 3.) develop strong thesis statements that reflect perspectives on topics or issues, and 4.) construct persuasive arguments that engage with the viewpoints of experts and commentators. As the term progresses, students will have the opportunity to re-think or revise the ideas and perspectives they explored in earlier writing assignments by engaging with peer feedback and revising earlier drafts. Placement recommendations will require students to take ENGL 101 as a three credit course OR in conjunction with an additional credit of lab or studio instruction. Students who earn F or NP grades in ENGL 101 will be required to re-take the course in conjunction with a one-credit Writing Studio course.

Course Description
This college level algebra course includes the study of linear, polynomial, rational, radical, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions and their graphs. Other topics include inequalities, factoring, systems of equations, complex numbers, and applications. Students enrolling in this course should have a background in college preparatory algebra, including high school Algebra I and Algebra II or equivalent.

Course Description:

A course on how Information Technology impacts organizations and how to use Information Technology to solve problems. Topics include: main concepts of Information Technology at a general level, online collaboration tools, application software, and information literacy as applied to searching and using the Internet. In addition, students will become proficient at an intermediate level in using application software. The student will learn each of the four software applications (Spreadsheet, Database, Word Processing and Presentation) and be able to apply them successfully to problem-solving scenarios.

Course Description:

A philosophical investigation of the main concepts and theories of ethics, with applications to fundamental moral questions as they arise in different areas of business. The following issues may be used as illustrations: affirmative action, investment in unethical companies or countries, product safety, whistle blowing and advertising.

Choose ECON 201 and one of the following courses:

  • ECON 201 – Principles of Macroeconomics (*Required by Department Major)
  • GCS 175 – Intro to Global Cultural Studies
  • HIST 201 – Western Civilization I
  • HIST 202 – Western Civilization II
  • PADM 210/POLS 204 – Public Administration
  • POLS 205 – World Geography
  • POLS 250 – Intro to Study of Gov’t Systems
  • PHIL 215 – World Religions

Choose one of the following courses:

  • NSET 110 – Intro to Natural Sciences I
  • NSET 111 – Intro to Natural Sciences II

Choose one of the following courses:

  • ENGL 250 – World Lit: Drama, Poetry, Epic
  • ENGL 251 – World Lit: Novels

Choose one of the following courses:

  • PSYC 150 – Psychological Foundations
  • PSYC 214 – Psychology of Emotion
  • SOC 150 – Sociological Foundations

Choose one of the following courses:

  • ART 100 – Intro to Visual Arts
  • COMM 290 – Seminar in Media Studies
  • COPA 250 – Exploring the Arts

Course Description:

Course chosen with advisor near completion of degree. Students may choose CMPS 480 – Senior Project as their capstone course.

Course Description
The basic principles and procedures for gathering, recording, summarizing and interpreting accounting data.

Course Description
Use of accounting information for management planning and control and the interpretation of accounting data as a management tool. Prerequisite: ACCT 102.

Course Description
Data analysis and charts, rules of probability, conditional probability, distributions, random variables, sampling, confidence interval estimates, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation.

Course Description
An introduction to the law in general and a survey of the law as it relates to business transactions including the law of contracts, agency and employment, personal property, bailments, real property, wills, descendants’ estates, trusts and international law. Prerequisite: BMGT 101.

Course Description
Study of functions, institutions, marketing structure tools, career opportunities and the preparation of a complete marketing campaign for a job.

Course Description
Selection procedures, training techniques, wage and salary administration, fringe benefits, grievance procedures and disciplinary action. Prerequisites: BMGT 101; PSYC 150.

Course Description
This Pass/Fail course will prepare each student for their formal review by a board to determine each student’s ability to enroll in the Cooperative Education program in the School of Business. Emphasis will be placed on resume and cover letter writing, mock interviews, electronic portfolio, and various other methods to adequately prepare students for possible Cooperative Educational opportunities. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

Course Description
The problems associated with the effective management of capital. Includes the development of corporations, legal aspects, securities market, and financial planning and development. Prerequisites: BMGT 101; ACCT 102; MATH 175.

Course Description
Students will study concepts of operations management. Students will learn to use statistical techniques and quantitative analysis to apply to business type problems. Topics will include: Project management (PERT), use of formulas/mathematical equations/probability to make business decisions, models such as linear programming, forecasting, and basic inventory models.

Course Description
Examines the role of individual and group behavior within work organizations. Review the traditional theories of management. Topics will include motivation, leadership, group behavior, organizational structure, conflict management, and resistance to change.

Course Description
The course focuses on the computerized and Web-based systems used in business. Topics covered will include knowledge management, customer relationship management, enterprise resource management, and supply chain management.

Course Description
An introduction to the pricing and allocation mechanism of the classical market economy.

Course Description
This Database course surveys topics in database systems. The course emphasizes the effective use of database (management) systems. Topics include access methods, data models, query languages, database design, query optimization, concurrency control, recovery, security, integrity, client-server architecture, and distributed database systems. Hands-on use will be a key part of the course.

Course Description
This course introduces basic networking and security concepts. It serves as a precursor to the more advanced and specialized networking and security courses. Coverage of topics focuses on identifying and understanding the nomenclature of hardware and software use in modern networks.

Course Description
This course introduces basic programming concepts. Hands on programming will be a key part of the course. The course is designed to teach and reinforce basic programming techniques and strategies. Prerequisites: CMPS 160.

Course Description
This course will provide you with concepts and tools to utilize data for making informed business decisions. We will start with the raw data and work our way to conclusions and examine all the intermediate steps in detail. Topics as data collection, model selection, built-in assumptions, and uncertainty will be at the core of the course. You will familiarize yourself with tools to apply these concepts in practice.

Course Description
In this course fundamental data structures will be explored that are indispensable when programming. Some major areas are objects, lists, arrays, stacks, queues, and more. Tradeoffs in terms of computational complexity and operations on these data structures are also discussed. Prerequisites: CMPS 162.

Course Description
In this course, students will learn how to administer a server. This ranges from installing an operating system, remotely installing software packages through a package manager, configuring the system, managing security and encryption, backups, to shell scripting. A big component of this course is lab work. Prerequisites: CMPS 162.

Course Description
This course continues where CMPS 162 and CMPS 260 leave off. The focus will be on problem solving but with a much higher difficulty level. The students will be required to write programs that involve multiple units of organization, e.g., classes. Several advanced algorithms will be discussed and should be implemented by the students. Prerequisites: CMPS 260.

Choose 15 credits from the following:

Concentration Details

  • CMPS 360 Survey of Programming Languages
  • CMPS 361 Web Application Development
  • CMPS 460 Mobile Application Development
  • 6 credits of IT major electives

Concentration Details

  • CMPS 364 NoSQL Databases
  • CMPS 461 Big Data Applications
  • CMPS 462 Data Mining
  • 6 credits of IT major electives

Concentration Details

  • CMPS 362 Networking
  • CMPS 363 Digital Security
  • 9 credits of IT major electives

Concentration Details
Students can complete the program without picking a concentration. In that case, they should complete a total of 15 credits of IT major electives.

Electives provide students with the opportunity to study content areas that meet personal, professional, or vocational interests.