Some Citadel computer science students learned how to develop mobile applications this semester in a class that’s the first of its kind in the Lowcountry.

Computer science professor John Moore said developing applications, known as apps, for Android phones and other mobile devices is different than creating other computer software. “You’re developing for a totally different format,” he said. “It’s a much more constrained environment.”

For their final project for the course, cadet Andrew Tye and Navy officer candidate Sean Feeney developed an app for an Android phone that could help people attempting to pass the Navy’s required physical fitness test. A person preparing for such a test could learn by entering data into a mobile phone if he or she met standards for push-ups, sit-ups and cardiovascular exercise such as running, swimming or cycling.

Feeney and Tye, who are both seniors and will graduate Saturday, presented their final project to Moore Monday.

“They did a great job,” Moore said. “They’ve got every piece I asked for.”

Feeney, from Pottstown, Pa., said the course was the best he’s taken so far. “It was practical. It wasn’t just a classroom session,” he said.

Tye, who’s from Moncks Corner and will be commissioned in the Navy Friday, said the class was very hands-on.

He learned so much about creating apps that he now could do it as a side business if he wanted to, he said. Creating an app that people can purchase for $1 to $2 could easily bring in thousands of dollars, he said.

Moore said the project-oriented class was made possible by two communication giants. AT&T donated several Samsung Android phones, and Google gave the School of Mathematics and Computer Science a grant to cover phone service costs.

While the course focused on the Google Android platform, the basic concepts extend to other mobile devices, he said.