About Applied Computer Science at USC Aiken
Applied Computer Science students learn how to work with data structures, algorithmic design, information security, and software engineering. Majors take courses in discrete math and survey of calculus. The Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Computer Science has three options: traditional Applied Computer Science, Applied Gaming, and Cybersecurity.
Students pursuing the applied computer science degree learn a broad set of computer science skills useful in any industry: programming (python, object-oriented, system-level), web development, mobile applications, graphics, networks, communications, database design and programming, and linear algebra.
Students pursuing the applied gaming degree learn how to design virtual and augmented reality learning environments, using programming (python, object-oriented), graphics, computer organization, physics engines, haptics, 3D and animation, educational design (development, evaluation), physics, and psychology (sensation, perception).
Students pursuing the cybersecurity degree learn to protect data, programs, and networks by developing skills in programming (python), network security, communication, database management, cryptography, operating systems, ethical hacking, secure software engineering, cyber defense, digital forensics, and cyber ethics.
Employment opportunities for graduates exist mainly in the computer services industry, both locally and nationwide.