Master of Science in Applied Computer Science (MSACS)
The Masters of Science in Applied Computer Science (MSACS) is fundamentally different from traditional computer science programs. Computer Science focuses primarily on the theoretical aspects of computer systems and computability. Applied Computer Science builds upon these same foundations, but emphasizes the practical application of computer science methods to resolve business and other real-world problems through the design and development of software applications and the planning and deployment of computer systems.
Differences between Computer Science and Applied Computer Science
A degree program in computer science includes the study of computers, their design, and their uses for computation, data processing, and systems control, including design and development of computer hardware and software, and programming. The field encompasses theory, mathematical activities such as design and analysis of algorithms that create, describe and transform information and formulate suitable abstractions to model complex systems.
Applied Computer Science
A degree program in applied computer science combines the study of computer science with an in-depth examination of a field in which computer science plays an important role. Courses stress a hands-on approach, applying computer science theory to business and other real-world problems through the examination and manipulation of large datasets. Applications areas within applied computer science include fields such as health informatics, computer game design, information assurance and software engineering. In health informatics, for example, the study of computational issues central to health care requires knowledge of health information systems and computer science. Health care systems generate vast files of raw data that can be analyzed for answers to important health care questions.