Applied Computing

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Computing

The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Computing (BAAC) is a multidisciplinary degree that allows students to become experts in integrating computer technology across a secondary discipline field. The Applied Computing degree requires students to complete a declared minor or student-defined cluster of related courses that focuses on a subject or discipline other than computing.This degree is most attractive to students with combined interests in both computer science and another field of study, which would become their secondary discipline. By graduation, students have obtained a knowledge base that can be applied broadly into an interdisciplinary career.

The Applied Computing is highly relevant today as computer expertise is required in almost every aspect of society. Therefore, The BAAC degree is designed specifically to build in-depth knowledge as both a computing professional and in an area of specialized interest. Students with a BAAC will be able to integrate interests between core Computer Science knowledge and a secondary discipline in designing a well-rounded curriculum for their specific interests.

Current/Past Applied Computing students have chosen from UW Bothell minors including:

  • Business
  • Policy Studies
  • Human Rights
  • Education
  • Restoration Ecology

Some current/Past Applied Computing students who have chosen to pursue a cluster of courses (secondary discipline concentration) have focused on broad and challenging subjects, such as:

  • User interface design
  • International relations
  • Biotechnology and society
  • Conservation biology
  • Accessiblity in computing

Graduates have received computing jobs with titles including:

  • Information security analyst
  • Marketing manager
  • IT security consultant
  • Application support engineer
  • Business analyst
  • Quality assurance engineer
  • Technical program manager
  • Fraud analyst
  • Business analyst/technical writer
  • Technical product manager/Scrum master


In their CSS coursework, students concentrate on programming, software engineering, management, communications, and hardware and operating systems from an application perspective. These core classes create a solid foundation of knowledge in computer hardware, programming, and software development. Then students take an additional 25 credits of CSS electives to further their foundational knowledge in computer science.

Students combine their CSS coursework with studies in a non-computing subject that is of interest to them. This subject area, called a secondary discipline, can take the form of either an established minor at the University of Washington, or an approved cluster of courses (concentration) that cover a complex subject matter. In this concentration, students take 25 credit hours of classes to build this foundational wisdom. Courses for the secondary discipline need to be both broad in context as well as have depth within their discipline.

To complete their interdisciplinary studies, all Applied Computing students take part in a final project, where they integrate their CSS coursework with their secondary discipline coursework. Similar to a senior thesis, the Applied Computing Capstone (CSS 496) gives students an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the inherent relationship between computing science and the student’s chosen secondary discipline. In many cases, these final projects provide the catalyst to finding a job in their combined field of study.