George Mason University
George Mason University Mason
George Mason University

Applied Computer Science, BS

Department of Computer Science

Nguyen Engineering Building, 4300
4400 University Drive, MS 4A5
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-993-1530


Program Overview

Applied computer science is a degree program for those students who want and need the knowledge and expertise of computer science to work in one of the many disciplines that require advanced computing techniques. The program offers four areas of focus: bioinformatics, computer game design, geography, and software engineering. Some career paths are: software consulting, bioinformatics and data management, graphics and game development, defense software analysis.

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.

Highlights from the university catalog

Total credits: 120


Computer Game Design
Software Engineering




Students who major in Applied Computer Science can expect to launch successful careers in industry, government, financial services, game design, in higher education, or as entrepreneurs. Many current students work part-time for government contracting companies, small businesses, or with the Virginia Serious Games Institute. They also collaborate with faculty on research projects and take advantage of the opportunity to have their scholarly work published before graduation.

Known for teaching excellence, the Computer Science Department faculty have won University-wide awards for course planning and preparation; curriculum development; and innovative teaching, advising, and undergraduate and graduate mentoring. In 2015 tech giant Google awarded a three-year, $900K grant to the department for its Self-Paced Learning Increases Retention and Capacity (SPARC) project. Students in introductory Computer Science classes benefit from active-learning strategies, and flipped classrooms as they work at their own pace in teams with faculty facilitators.

Extra curricular opportunities abound for computer science students as they may participate in robotics programming for competition (RoboPatriots), the Student Run Computing and Technology (SRCT- pronounced circuit), Patriot Hackers, Game Analysis and Design Interest Group (GADIG), and more.

The major offers concentrations in the following areas:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Computer Game Design
  • Geography
  • Software Engineering
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