Minor in Applied Computing

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The minor in Applied Computing is designed for students who want to be sophisticated users of
computing technology and principles in their field, but do not seek extensive programming
experience. The minor offers grounding in basic computing skills and principles and key
technologies such as database management and computer networks. It also provides the
student the opportunity to integrate these skills into his or her major field.

The minor in Applied Computing does not require computer proficiency or prerequisites. This minor
consists of five courses: three core courses designed to offer depth in computing skills and concepts
and to encourage breadth of experience.

Core Courses (15 credits)

TINST 310: Computational Problem Solving

  • Learn computer jargon to better understand what you read and hear on the job
  • Learn about how computers are used in fields ranging from art to video editing
  • Take a peek behind the scenes at how computers work
  • Discover that you are already writing computer programs; you know more than you think you do
  • Have lively discussions about ethical dilemmas in the Computing industry
  • Work together on fun in-class lab projects to improve your skills

TINST 311: Database Management and Data Analysis

  • Learn how SQL databases work
  • Learn how online businesses organize information and keep track of so many products
  • Explore effective database design
  • Learn how to design your own database to keep track of your movies and music or your favorite sports

TINST 312: Networks and the Internet

  • Create your own web pages and even hook them up to a database
  • Have lively discussions about network security and privacy
  • See how simple it can be to build your own local network at your home or office
  • Take a peek at how data is sent around the world quickly and error-free

Elective Courses (10 credits)

You must choose two courses from this list to fulfill the 10 elective credits.

For questions, contact your academic adviser.