UNK students work on a robotics project

About the Applied Computer Science Degree Program

On Campus

With an Applied Computer Science degree, you’ll be prepared to make meaningful contributions to the world through the thoughtful application of technology. At UNK, Students work collaboratively as they design, develop and implement software solutions, such as mobile apps, games and robotics. Students gain real-world experience by completing hands-on projects and gain a strong theoretical foundation that prepares them for successful careers.
The curriculum is continually updated to keep pace with changing industry needs and practices, so students graduate with skills that are in demand in today’s job market. The practical focus of the program is supported by Discovery Hall, UNK’s 90,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art STEM facility which opened in August 2020. Discovery Hall gives computer science students access to cutting-edge technology, modern classrooms and interactive lab spaces that allow their ideas to flourish.
The Applied Computer Science program is designed primarily for students who want to seek employment after graduation rather than pursuing graduate school. Students pair this major with a secondary interest in any of 80+ minors such as graphic design, business, or networking.

Applied Computer Science Program at a Glance


Credit Hours

General Studies requirement has been reduced to 30 credit hrs allowing more freedom and making it easier to transfer to UNK.

Degree Received

Applied Computer Science, Bachelor of Science Degree


Per Credit Hour

With the New Nebraskan Scholarship all undergraduate students pay in-state tuition

Ben Wagner

“From my first visit to campus during my senior year of high school, I had a positive impression of UNK. Everyone I encountered on my visit was friendly, helpful, and genuinely loved going to UNK.” “I had been interested in using technology from a young age. When it came time to select a major, computer science was the obvious choice. Jobs in the field of technology are also in high demand and growing, so I knew I had high likelihood of finding employment upon graduation.”

Ben Wagner

Xpanxion, Kearney, NE

What can you do with an Applied Computer Science Degree

Applied Computer Science graduates have a 90% placement rate between careers and graduate school. Learn more about the types of jobs and common employers that Applied Computer Science graduates work for.


  • Software Engineer
  • Game Developer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Security Engineer
  • Server Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • Application Programmer
  • Mobile App Developer
  • Software Architect
  • Database Developer
  • Web Designer


  • The Buckle
  • Xpanxion
  • Sandhills Publishing
  • Cabelas
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • Intel
  • PayPal
  • Microsoft
  • Fiserv

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