Applied Computing

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Computing

Applied Computing is a multidisciplinary degree that focuses on the application of computing systems within the context of a specific subject or field of study. Students are encouraged to think broadly about the impact of computing and computing systems on our current society. In their CSS coursework, students concentrate from an application perspective on software engineering, management, communications, knowledge of hardware and operation systems, and programming. This common core of classes creates a solid foundation of knowledge in computer hardware, programming, and software development.

Students combine their CSS coursework with studies in a non-computing subject that is of interest to them. This subject area, called a Minor Elective, can take the form of either an established minor at the University of Washington, or an approved cluster of courses that cover a complex subject matter. Subjects for the minor elective need to be both broad in context as well as have depth within their discipline. Current Applied Computing students have chosen from UW Bothell minors including Business, Policy Studies, and Education. Students who have chosen to pursue a cluster of coursework have focused on broad and challenging subjects such as international relations and biotechnology and society.

Applied computing graduates are experts in integrating computer technology across their minor elective field. To further this goal, all Applied Computing students take part in a final senior seminar, where they integrate their CSS coursework with the courses in their minor elective. Similar to a senior thesis, the Senior Seminar (CSS 496) gives a deeper understanding of the inherent relations between computing and software development to the students chosen minor elective.

A new generation of infrastructure is required to promote global collaboration in science, business, manufacturing, medical and health sciences, and government. Graduates with the Applied Computing degree will be expected to combine detailed knowledge of their chosen application with a practical understanding of modern computing.

Applied Computing is also ideal for those who have a non-computing based bachelor degree, but desire a stronger computing education. In such cases, students may be eligible to use their previously earned credits to meet the minor or concentration requirement (contingent upon CSS Program approval).

Application Deadlines


Autumn Quarter
May 1 (Priority) / July 1

Winter Quarter
November 1

Spring Quarter
February 1


Autumn Quarter
July 1

Spring Quarter
February 1