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Applied Computer Technology

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Why study Applied Computer Technology?
Applied Computer Technology focuses on the practical aspects of computer science, such as web development, database technologies and systems analysis. ACT experts understand computer applications and how they can help businesses succeed.

Since ACT provides a broad perspective of IT and computer science, students typically combine this path with a minor or major such as Technical Writing, Business or Graphic Design. Whatever your interest, you can tailor a program to match your passion.

Get Hands-On
At Missouri Western, students get hands-on experience with professional software and design tools. From team collaboration to internships, your education will prepare you for an exciting career in the IT industry.

Career Opportunities
The demand for qualified ACT experts is high because many industries need specialists with a broad-based knowledge of computer technologies and experience with software applications. You can choose from a wide variety of careers, including:

  • Web Developer
  • IT Consultant
  • Systems Analyst
  • Software Support
  • Help Desk/Troubleshooting
  • Database Technologies and Analytics
  • Software Testing

Our graduates succeed!

The placement rate for graduates in the CSMP Department is approximately 90%.

Students work on computers in a computer science class

Applied Computer Technology (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

General Studies
Core Requirements
ACT 301Applied Database Systems3
ACT 302Data Analytics3
ACT 405Business Intelligence3
ACT 490Information Technology Career Preparation1
CSC 184Computing Concepts I3
CSC 274Introduction to Unix/Linux2
CSC 294Networking and Telecommunications3
CSC 305Database Architecture and Concepts3
GBA 220Business Communications3
or ETC 200 Introduction to Technical Communication
GBA 210Business Statistics I3-4
or MAT 111 Introductory Statistics
or MAT 111E Introductory Statistics
Select one of the following concentrations:
Information Technology Security
Web Development

Information Technology Security
Web Development

Information Technology Security Concentration

Concentration Requirements
CSC 254Computing Concepts II3
CSC 410Network Security Technologies3
MAT 112Finite Mathematics3
or MAT 116 College Algebra
Information Technology Security Electives
Select 9 credit hours from the following: 19
Software Testing and Development Operations
Operating Systems Concepts
Advance Networking and Network Administration 2
Applied Cryptography 2
Ethical Hacking 2
Cloud Computing Security 2
Information Technology Project Management 2

 Web Development Concentration

Concentration Requirements
ACT 102Introduction to Web Page Development3
ACT 211Internet Scripting3
ACT 311Web Development Tools3
ACT 324Software Testing and Development Operations3
ACT 476Applications of Computer Information Sciences Capstone3
CSC 201Microcomputer Applications3
CSC 400Systems Analysis and Design3

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework.
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  8. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.

Are you ready to declare this major? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics Department.

Mapping your degree plan is important. Consult with your academic advisor to create a plan and monitor it regularly.