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A Career Field in High Demand

Applied computer science and information technology are consistently ranked as career fields in high demand. 

The latest information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates employment of software developers, quality assurance analysts and testers is projected to grow 22 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. 

A Diverse Degree

Our applied computer science degree program will prepare you for an industry that changes every minute.

Focusing on entrepreneurship and technological business solutions, we will give you the tool-building skills you'll need to work for a large organization — or start your own company.

You will build skills in:

  • Creativity (to go from ideas to building programs)
  • Data analytics
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Programming and problem solving
  • Software development (including mobile applications)
Pictured is IT alumna Celina DiPietro. Photo by Chris Rolinson

Information technology alumna Celina DiPietro '17 received a job offer before graduating. She is now a managed services representative for Wombat Security Technologies.

Concentration Options

Applied computer science majors can choose to concentrate in one of the following areas:

  • Big data and analytics
  • General applied computer science
  • Networking and security
  • Software development

Courses & Topics

Our business-based curriculum offers courses with a strong focus on programming and other technical skills that can immediately be used in the current job market.

You will receive a well-rounded education through our core curriculum and classes in our applied computer science major including:

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Advanced Programming
  • Big Data Applications
  • Business analytics
  • Data mining
  • Digital Security
  • Entrepreneurship for Software Developers
  • Networking and Security 
  • NoSQL databases
  • Server Management
  • Software Development for E-Commerce

 Early Start Master's Program

  • This degree program is included in our Early Start Master's Program, through which students have the option to take two core classes from one of our master's programs. This program enables students to earn a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree from Point Park in as little as five years. Visit our Early Start Master's Program page for more information.

Gain a Unique Skill Set in Programming, Software, Big Data and Entrepreneurship

Our program also has a strong emphasis on big data, in which you will learn how to generate and interpret a wide variety of business metrics in order to provide valuable information and insight for organizational leaders to make key business decisions.

Not only will you be prepared to effectively think about problems but you will also be equipped with the knowledge and skill set to implement business solutions and commercialize them.


Faculty bring industry experience and expertise to the classroom

Learn from professors with extensive industry and academic experience in the applied computer science field.

Meet the faculty
Pictured is Mark Voortman, Ph.D., assistant professor of applied computer science.
  • Focused on helping students build applicable knowledge in advanced programming, big data and business entrepreneurship
  • Conducted postdoctoral computer science research on immunity inspired security at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Founded the company, Voortman Technologies LLC, which focuses on developing privacy-by-design services

Professional Experience

Internships — Our University's Downtown Pittsburgh location and industry relationship help students obtain internships in the computer science and IT fields, with many locations in walking distance of campus. 

Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program — Our co-op program offers a chance for students to complete paid, full-time jobs in their field while earning college credit.

In addition, you will frequently gain hands-on experience in our IT labs, allowing you to build your portfolio and gain a competitive edge in the field.

Students in our applied computer science program have interned or completed co-ops at various organizations such as:

  • Othot
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Ninja Electronics
  • EDMC
  • Concurrent Technologies Corporation
  • Heinz
  • CSG Interactive
  • Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation
  • The Crons Brand
  • Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania

Career Options

Our students graduate prepared to work successfully in the field. With a bachelor's degree in applied computer science, you will have the option to pursue various career opportunities including:

  • Computer software engineer
  • Data scientist
  • Systems programmer
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Database administrator
  • Network administrator
  • Application developer
  • Interface design expert
  • IT security manager
  • IT project manager
  • Web page designer
  • IT consultant
  • Website administrator

Student & Alumni Success

Learn about internships and co-ops our students have completed and where our graduates have gone on to build their careers in the industry.

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Pictured is IT student Sabrina Tatalias. Photo by Brandy Richey.
"Another major factor for me coming to Point Park was the IT program. It is very unique compared to other colleges since it is in the School of Business, allowing you to get background in business while still pursuing a degree focused information technology and data science."
Pictured is IT alumnus Sergio Flores. Photo by Brandy Richey
"Pursuing a bachelor's degree in the information technology field gave me the tools that helped me land my current job with Bombardier during my last semester at Point Park. … Every IT class I took gave me something I have used in my current job."

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