Certificate in Applied Computing


Why Applied Computing at ACU?

In addition to a faculty to student ratio of 17:1 and a rigorous and biblically-integrated curriculum, ACU’s Applied Computing program offers several unique advantages:

What will I study?

The Applied Computing program provides a biblical liberal arts foundation with an innovative approach to general studies that reclaims a Christian conception of the Liberal Arts, preparing students to be influential thinkers. Career-related focus areas will include:


Career Paths


    Department of Math and Science

    Arizona Christian University
    1 W. Firestorm Way
    Glendale, AZ 85306

    (602) 386-4111

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    Certificate Courses

    Certificate requires 15 credits for completion.

    CourseCourse NameCredits
    CSC 227Introduction to Programming (Python)3
    CSC 301Front End Foundations (JavaScript)3
    CSC 382Database Foundations3
    CSC 384Advanced Python Development3
    CSC 495Advanced Web Development (React)3


    At Arizona Christian, we structure our programs to effectively prepare students to transform culture in their workplace. Our checksheets are annual guides that support students along the path toward graduation.



    Our professors are experts in their respective fields and passionate about the subjects they teach; they challenge, and stretch their students to reach their goals. Students are encouraged to think critically and analyze what they learn in the classroom thoroughly. These are some of the professors you will work closely with:

    Linnea Lyding

    Associate Professor
    Assistant Dean Shelly Roden School of Education

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    Dr. Linnea Lyding comes to ACU with over 18 years of elementary and junior high teaching experience in both special and general education classrooms. In addition to being a Reading Specialist, Dr. Lyding holds degrees in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education as well as a doctorate in Leadership and Innovation in Teaching. She understands the challenge of reaching all students, which is why she completed her doctoral work exploring how brain research shows the connection between movement and learning. Now, as an Associate Professor, she enjoys sharing her experience and passions with the pre-service teachers in her program and well as in workshops for classroom teachers, preschool teachers, and college faculty.

    Amy Nichols


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    Mrs. Nichols comes to us from the public school setting.  She taught in the public school system for 15 years before joining our faculty.  She earned her Masters of Education in 2013 from Arizona State University specializing in Curriculum and Instruction and Gifted Education.  Mrs. Nichols earned her B.A. in secondary education and English from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.

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