Applied Computer Science (ACS)

Join the next generation of makers, thinkers, and leaders as you learn the cutting-edge computer skills essential to compete in an increasingly digital world. 

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Dominican's computer science offerings provide a project-based curriculum in computer science and software engineering and incorporate a balance of technical computer science courses, hands-on software product development, and thoughtfully crafted liberal arts courses. Our diverse faculty have recent, relevant software engineering experience and academic degrees in computer science. 

Program Highlights

  • Design, build and launch software products to address real-world problems
  • Practice quantitative and qualitative reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Identify, interpret, and evaluate data sets
  • Assess, choose, and implement technologies with attention to ethics, equity, and social justice
  • Learn strategies for effective communication in multiple domains, including coding craftsmanship, as well as written and oral communications


The Coding and Software Design minor provides innovative, project-based curricula that allow you to infuse computer engineering and programming skills into your educational experience — regardless of your major! View our course catalog to learn more about the minor, developed in collaboration with leading tech employers, including Etsy, Lyft, and LinkedIn. 

Career Paths

Many tech careers do not require intensive training in computer engineering, but simply a foundational knowledge of coding, software design, and the language of the tech industry.  The Coding and Software Design minor provides this, opening doors to careers in social media, digital advertising, web and app development, and more. 

Degrees Offered

BS, Minor


Barowsky School of Business

Office Hours

Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Admissions and Aid

A degree from a private university like Dominican University of California is more accessible than you might think. For most students there is no application fee and we don't ask for test scores. We're also proud to say that more than 99 percent of our first-year incoming students receive financial aid, which makes paying for school within reach.

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Computer Science in the News

Faculty and Staff

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Adam Braus

Chair, Applied Computer Science Program
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Dan Morse

Instructor, Applied Computer Science Program
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Casey Spurgeon, MA

Director of Career Outcomes and Talent Partnerships, Applied Computer Science Program
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Kaleena Findley

Assistant Director of Student Services, Applied Computer Science Program