Students interested in reserving your spot at Point Park University for Fall 2022 should pay a tuition deposit by August 1. Paying your deposit allows you to take advantage of class registration and housing options.
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)
Entrepreneurship and innovation
Programming and problem solving
Software development (including mobile applications)
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
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
Big Data Applications
Entrepreneurship for Software Developers
Networking and Security
Software Development for E-Commerce
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.
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
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:
RSM US LLP
Concurrent Technologies Corporation
Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation
The Crons Brand
Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania
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
Computer systems analyst
Interface design expert
IT security manager
IT project manager
Web page designer
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.
"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."
"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."
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
After graduating last spring with a degree in applied computer science, alumnus Sammy Abdulkader is now working toward his MBA and Master of Science in Information Systems and Business Analytics at Point Park while working as a technology consultant for Ernst & Young.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Bri Farrand '20 and Sabrina Tatalias '21 were recently published on Medium.com for their articles "From Whiteboard to Wilkes Barre to Webinar: A Student’s Marketing Journey" and "Can Direct Mail Be Innovative?"