Computer Science-Applied: Innovation & Entrepreneurship

To submit a proposed plan of study, use the Applied CS Program webform.

Innovation & entrepreneurship will teach you how to recognize business opportunities, equip you with skills to secure funding and provide insight on how to manage the commercialization of the business opportunity. Fundamental business classes are combined with classes designed to specifically address the challenges of launching a new venture or an idea within an existing organization. This focus area provides a fundamental stepping-stone on the road to identifying and commercializing business opportunities in any type of organization.

Many CS companies start small and a thorough understanding of innovation helps a company grow successfully. Coursework in this focus area covers topics ranging from new venture financing, iterate and go-to-market skills, and technology and innovation management. You'll learn to recognize and develop opportunities and act in an entrepreneurial way.

*Description information sourced from the College of Business’s Minor website

Potential Job Opportunities

  • Consultants
  • Research analysts


  • Violetta Gerasymenko

Core Courses

  • BA 260 Foundations of the Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • BA 361 Ideation & Creative Thinking
  • BA 363 Innovation Management OR BA 460 Ventrue Management
  • CS 400-level course
  • CS 440 Database Mgmt Systems OR other CS 400-level
  • DSGN 341 Design Thinking & Process Innovation

CS Electives

  • BA 315 Accounting for Decision Making
  • BA 362 Social Entrepreneurship & Social Initiatives
  • BA 367 Launch Academy
  • BA 368 Advanced Launch Academy
  • BA 458 Innovation & New Product Development
  • BA 464 New Venture Finance
  • BA 467 New Venture Laboratory
  • BA 468 Technology Commercialization

Students in this focus area can apply to receive the innovation & entrepreneurship minor. They should contact the College of Business for the latest requirements. Students who do not wish to declare a innovation & entrepreneurship minor can attend drop-in hours for support, or fill out a COB course override request form if they need an override.

Students will work with a CS advisor to ensure they meet the CS requirements for any of the business focus areas.