Applied Computing uses information technology to address real-world business problems. For example, creating databases for record keeping and running reports to analyze myriad questions increase the efficiency of a business, making it more competitive and profitable. Students who pursue a business degree concentrating in applied computing are prepared for careers in many industries. Banks, hospitals, utilities, communications—big and small businesses alike— need data experts to help the company operate efficiently, boosting the productivity of every employee.
Computing and business
Through our Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Applied Computing, you’ll become fluent in many aspects of business, including accounting, finance, economics, human resources, marketing statistics, information technology and law.
In your Applied Computing concentration courses you’ll study:
- Programming: We must understand how to program before we can write solutions. This course is designed to teach you foundational techniques of applied computer programming from the perspective of business, including data management and access, processing, decision structures, and error handling.
- Networking and Communications: You'll understand the fundamentals of computer networking and data communications, including network architectures, data and signals, conducted and wireless media, and security. For example, you'll learn how to connect employees through a shared database while protecting the stored information.
- Databases: Databases are a crucial element of applied computing. We'll teach you data analysis and modeling as well as database design and administration. You'll learn to create queries, forms and reports to address management issues, perform data analysis, and automate tasks.
- Business Problem Analysis: Variables are unavoidable in business; we'll show you how to apply modeling techniques in spreadsheets to simulate practical business problems and analyze different situations based on changing variables. You'll be able to perform regression analysis to evaluate scenarios, forecast the demand for a product and optimize the outcome of a variety of situations.
- Business Analysis and System Design: This course covers the basics of using the system development lifecycle: analyzing, designing, implementing, testing, deploying and maintaining a computer-based information system. You'll then apply these techniques to models, such as diagramming how data is used in an inventory system or mapping the processes in a manufacturing company.
Our Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Applied Computing is not just a technology degree. You'll understand the underlying business principles behind technological problems—you’ll know not only what the problem is, but also why it’s a problem for the business. It’s this front-end analysis that boosts AU business students over their technology-based counterparts.
At AU, we’ll also exhort you to become Christ-like servants in your careers. In each course, expect to explore the intersection of business, ethics and God’s call in your life.
After graduation, you'll be prepared for careers in network management, database administration, systems analysis, and technical support engineering. Your career options will include an end-user computing analyst, a management information systems report developer, a data and reporting specialist, among many others.