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About the Applied Computer Science Program at TROY

Secure computer networks. Complex algorithms. User-friendly software apps. All are essential to our interconnected, digital world, and behind them are skilled computer scientists, trained to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world contexts. Troy University’s B.S. in applied computer science program prepares you to engage in this ever-evolving field and become an indispensable asset in any organization. Ranging from software development, database administration, web development to networking, TROY’s bachelor’s in applied computer science degree will help you realize your full potential and make a significant impact in the field, whether you want to enter the workforce or continue on to graduate study.

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Why choose TROY for your Applied Computer Science Degree?

Taught by a talented and dedicated faculty who combine academic scholarship with industry expertise, TROY’s applied computing degree equips you with highly relevant skills for today’s tech-forward world and work environment. You’ll gain a range of skills, including the ability to solve problems with computer programs, think critically, administer databases and assist in network administration. From internships and co-ops to study abroad courses, you’ll experience numerous ways to set yourself apart in the workforce.

A Focus on Real-World Problem Solving

Get the opportunity to work on a variety of individual and team-based projects that focus on game design, phone apps, web applications and visualization, among other skills. TROY’s applied computing degree program provides you with hands-on experience in applying computer science concepts and techniques to real-world situations. You’ll also develop the computer science skills most relevant to on-the-job applications, such as programming languages, algorithm and data structure design, web development, networking, machine learning and software engineering.
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Applied Computing Courses

Learn the basics of computer science with applied computing courses in programming, data structures and algorithms. Then, move on to more advanced study in programming, database design and implementation, web application development, systems analysis and more. While applied computing courses may vary from year to year, your coursework may include:
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Applied Computer Science

TROY’s applied computing degree can be earned completely online or in a blended format at our Dothan and Montgomery campuses. For more information about program availability and delivery options, call 1-800-414-5756.

Preparation for Computer Science Careers — or Further Study

TROY’s applied computer science degree prepares you to succeed at the forefront of technological innovation, giving you exposure to cutting-edge technology and tools. Your applied computer science degree will equip you to work in a variety of careers in computer science, from software development to artificial intelligence. 


You’ll also build the foundation you need to pursue advanced degrees in computer science or related fields. Many of our students go on to pursue master’s or Ph.D. degrees, professional certifications or other continuing education to expand their knowledge and stand out in the field. 


To help you gain practical experience in applied computing and make valuable connections with employers, TROY’s computer science faculty and Career Services office can work with you to arrange internships or cooperative education opportunities. TROY has connected past students with public and private companies, including Medicare, CGI and Alfa Insurance as well as the IRS. 

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Applied Computing Careers

With an increasing demand for technology in almost every industry, graduates of the applied computer science program can expect a strong job market with ample opportunities for growth and advancement.

Faculty Profiles

Dr. Xiaoli Huan

Dr. Xiaoli Huan

Dr. Xiaoli Huan has a Ph.D. in Scientific Computing from the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg. She has worked at NASA Mississippi Stennis Space Center and the High-Performance Computing and Visualization Lab at USM. Her research interests include computer vision, machine learning, business information technology and technology in higher education.

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FAQ About the Applied Computer Science Program

Learn more about the field of applied computing and our program.
What is applied computer science?

Applied computer science is the application of computing principles and techniques, such as data structures, algorithms, programming and software engineering, to solve real-world problems in business, health care, engineering and education.

What is the difference between computer science and applied computer science?

Computer science focuses on the advanced theoretical foundations of computing and technology, while applied computer science focuses on the practical applications of computing in various fields, particularly business. 

Applied computer science degrees work well for students who want to apply general computing skills to business contexts, whereas a B.S. in computer science suits students who want to specialize in the field.

What kind of jobs can I get with an applied computer science degree?

Graduates of our program can work as software developers, network and systems administrators, database administrators, web developers, data analysts, IT project managers and more.

Is programming experience required to apply?

While some programming experience is helpful, it isn’t required to apply for the program. The program curriculum includes introductory programming courses to help you build a strong foundation in coding.

Can I complete the applied computing degree online?

Yes, the program offers online courses for students who prefer to learn remotely.

What kind of computer hardware and software will I need for this program?

The applied computer science program requires a computer with internet access and basic software such as a word processor and a web browser. Specific software requirements may vary depending on the courses you take.

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