Applied Computer Science

Bachelor of Business Administration
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Tech graduates continue to command great jobs and salaries. The BBA in Applied Computer Science prepares you for professional careers in the areas of software and network administration. In this specialization, you explore design methods for solving problems using computers, programming, operating systems, networks and compilers. You will learn from your mentoring professors to use software engineering tools to design, test and document large programs. At the end of the BBA in Applied Computer Science specialization, you will complete a final written research project that demonstrates your ability to identify, critique and recommend a solution for a related workplace problem.

General Degree Requirements


The Bachelor of Business Administration degree requires 120 semester credit hours*.

 *A minimum of 60 semester transfer credits or a conferred Associate’s degree are required.


  • Grade Point Average of "C", 2.0, or higher.

  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University.

  • Official documents on file for basis of admission: high school transcript or GED.

  • All financial obligations to the University paid in full.


The University may accept a maximum of 90 semester credit hours in transfer toward the bachelor's degree for coursework completed at an accredited or approved college or university with a grade of "C" or better.


Credit Hour Requirements


  • General Education - 39 credit hours

  • Required Foundational Courses - 33 credit hours

  • Specialization Electives - 18 credit hours

  • Open Electives – 27 credit hours*

  • Required Business Capstone Course - 3 credit hours


Total - 120 credit hours


*Students may select any undergraduate Northcentral courses to fulfill this requirement. Your Academic Advisor can assist you in choosing courses applicable to your career goals

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

See below for specialization courses specific to this program. To learn more, fill out the request information form below or view the course catalog.

Course Code


Course Description


Introduction to Computers and Information Systems

In this course, students will examine how computers are utilized in the business context. Topics included are hardware and software, networking, emerging computing environments, data base management, networking technologies, e-commerce, decision support, systems analysis, web technologies, and using technology for a competitive advantage.


Computer Operating Systems

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the concepts underlying the architecture and usage of modern operating systems, including MS-DOS, Windows, Windows NT 4.0 Workstation, Windows 98, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Professional, Understanding the Windows GUI, managing the local security in windows, Macintosh OS9 and OS X, and network server operating systems.


Professional and Technical Writing

This course is designed to help students develop their technical writing abilities to a professional level. Students will learn about audience considerations, style, drafting and revision techniques, how to work in a collaborative environment, and more. A variety of media and formats will be studied, including websites, emails, proposals, memos, and instructions.


The Internet

In this course, students will examine computer networking and the Internet from a non-technical perspective. The purpose of this course is to explain how computers communicate, what the Internet is, how the Internet works, and what the Internet offers in professional and personal settings. It is essential for those in the IT industry to have a thorough understanding of the Internet along with its many uses. At the end of this course, students will have the necessary information and tools to utilize the Internet for a wide variety of uses.


Inside LAN Networks

In this course, students will explore the interworking of the local area network with emphasis on the lower layers including hardware and software. Personal computer components, various types of networks, analog and digital transmission rates, Token Ring, and the Fiber Distributed Data Interface will be introduced and examined.


Network Administration

In this course, students will develop an overall ability to analyze different types of networks with an emphasis on IPV6 implementation on new or existing networks. Core elements, operations, services, and modifications for an IPV6 implementation will be discussed. The course will conclude by proposing an implementation of IPV6 on a new or existing network infrastructure.


Presentation Software

This course provides students with information needed to build skills in developing professional presentations, including presentation graphics. Microsoft PowerPoint allows one to make electronic slide show presentations. Becoming familiar with this software will enable students to create and provide presentations to groups using the electronic slide feature.


Web Technology and Development

This course is designed as an introduction to website design and development, including basic hypertext markup language (HTML), JavaScript, form processing, transaction processing, and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).


Computer Systems Architecture

This course is an introduction to computer system concepts architecture including both hardware and software considerations. Topics include number systems, data formats and representations, instruction cycles, CPU, memory, buses, I/O systems, peripherals, networks, communication channel technology, clusters, and operating systems.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. We have adopted an all-inclusive tuition model that gives you the cost of your Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Completion tuition and fees in one flat program rate*. The only additional cost above your BBA program rate is books. Learn more about the NCU’s BBA costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $432
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $1,296
  • Program cost: $26,270
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of program is determined on the program and track student enters, transfer credits if any and other unique student factors.  For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about our students, it’s that they are motivated and ambitious—but they are also busy! At Northcentral University, we’ve designed our education experience to work with you, not against you, so you can achieve your academic goals without sacrificing the quality, flexibility and support you need to be successful.

To learn more, request information or call 1-866-776-0331 to speak with an enrollment advisor today. We offer new courses every Monday of the year so you can get started when it’s best for you.