College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2013-2014

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Applied Computer Science, Bachelor of Science

This program offers students the opportunity to explore such topics as: data mining (through the Center for Data Insight), parallel algorithms, distributed systems, artificial intelligence, fuzzy logic, neural networks, evolutionary programming, and modeling reactive systems as well as foundation work in programming languages, software engineering, virtual collaborative environments, and user interfaces.


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science?

Picture yourself rolling out your own breakthrough software to be the next Google or YouTube, working on the next generation of computer gaming engines, or developing new applications at Microsoft, IBM, or Intel. Whether you start a career right away or pursue graduate study first, the Department of Computer Science will help build a platform for your high-tech dreams.

If you're seeking a career in smaller scale, hands-on applied programming, our program might just get you there. Prepare to hit the career-ground running with our innovative Design4Practice Program. This sequence of team-based design courses focuses on implementation of real-world projects, simulating the highly integrated and globally distributed software development environments emerging in the modern corporate world. Work on project design teams with students from other disciplines to create software, building the technical and professional skills necessary for success in the expanding universe of high-tech. Thinking of studying abroad to take advantage of global career trends? We strongly encourage international study and facilitate internships in other countries. Wherever your imagination takes you, a computer science education at Northern Arizona University will open new doors.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Software consulting
  • Bio-informatics and data management
  • Graphics and game development
  • Defense software analysis

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Statistician
  • Engineer
  • Researcher
  • University professor

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 22 units of preprofessional requirements (some of which also count towards liberal studies requirements)
  • At least 59 units of major courses
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with a CS prefix to satisfy the liberal studies requirements
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 226
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
University Honors Program Optional
Progression Plan Link Not Available


Major Requirements
  • Take the following 81 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each CS Core course and CS 486C:

    Preprofessional Requirements (22 units)
    • MAT 136, MAT 226 (7 units)
    • STA 270 or STA 275 (3 units)
    • Technical electives at the 200-level or above, select from: EE, MAT, PHY, CHM, GSP, BIO, and CS general elective courses. (You may use technical/science courses with other prefixes, with the department chair's approval.) (9 units)
    • ENG 302W (3 units)
    Major Courses (59 units)
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • No more than one "D" is allowed in CS electives and technical electives.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

Campus Availability

Go to mobile site