Online Degree in Applied Computing

Bachelor's Degree Completion

Complete Your Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing.

As technology continues to expand into every field and industry, from environment to education to politics, the market for skilled hands-on technicians grows increasingly competitive. The online Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing degree was designed to produce graduates who can perform programming, software engineering, graphic applications, networking, and operating systems management in a variety of environments, while at the same time promoting power skills such as business communications, ethics, and project management. 

The applied nature of the degree implies that graduates will have the competencies to solve real-world business problems through the application of technology. The curriculum in this online bachelor's degree puts a deeper focus on fundamental computer science, software engineering, tech security issues, computing solutions for business problems, and data management. A poll of industry representatives indicates that they see a skills gap in computer and information technology-related positions, which the multidisciplinary focus of this online bachelor of science degree would fill.


  • All courses are provided online. There are no campus visits or face-to-face meeting requirements. 

  • You can start your program at anytime and take classes as a full-time or part-time student.

  • A personal consultation will determine how your previous college credits may be applied to your degree.

Skills and Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of your online bachelor's degree in applied computing, you will possess the following IT skills and abilities:

  • Demonstrate a solid foundation in core computer science
  • Demonstrate strong understanding of software engineering practices
  • Recognize and address security issues
  • Implement a computing solution for a business problem
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate a solid foundation in data management

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Career Opportunities

Organizations in every industry require skilled technical professionals to develop and manage the programs, systems, and databases that allow a business to function. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, tech careers are growing at a higher rate than other professions; up to 27% industry growth, depending on the job title you pursue. In the face of this dramatic industry growth, there is a shortage of qualified IT professionals.

Job Titles

  • Computer support specialist
  • Computer and information systems manager
  • Systems analyst
  • Security analyst
  • Web developer
  • Database administrator
  • Software developer

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Program Curriculum

To be eligible for this program, you will have completed approximately 60 credits of general education coursework, including a college-level course or equivalent in Algebra, and earned at least a 2.0 grade point average (GPA). Students with a lower GPA may be considered for provisional admission.

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Tuition Fees and Financial Aid

Tuition fees can be found here. Textbooks are purchased separately and are not included in tuition. Students who take at least six credits each term may be eligible for financial assistance.

Admissions Process and Requirements

To begin their online bachelor's degree completion program, students must apply for study at UWRF as an undergraduate student. Apply online at

A successful applicant will have:

  • minimum combined grade point average of 2.0 for college credits taken;

  • About 60 credits of general education courses from an accredited school;

  • prerequisite coursework in college algebra;

  • completed online application for undergraduate study at UWRF; and

  • transcripts sent directly from previous institutions to the UWRF Admissions Office, 103 David Rodli Hall, 410 S. 3rd St., River Falls, WI 54022 or by email to

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University of Wisconsin-Extension, Applied Computing

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Debra Hare
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715-425-3557 or 800-228-5607