BS in Computer Games Development - Game Programming

Bachelor of Science 2011-2012

Computer Games Development

Game Programming Concentration

Students in this concentration engage in the rigorous study of computer science basics, and then apply this knowledge to the demanding specialization of game programming. Areas of study include computer graphics development, computer science, linear algebra, game physics, and artificial intelligence programming.
Degree Requirements
Students in this degree must meet the following requirements:
  • Complete a minimum of 192 credit hours (generally 48 courses)
  • Earn a grade of C- or higher in all Major courses (excluding Liberal Studies courses and Open Electives)
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
Students who earn a cumulative DePaul University GPA:
  • Between 3.500 and 3.699 will be graduated cum laude
  • Between 3.700 and 3.849 will be graduated magna cum laude
  • Of at least 3.850 will be graduated summa cum laude
For DePaul's policy on repeat courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Undergraduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.
Course Requirements
Liberal Studies
The Liberal Studies program is the general education portion of the curriculum at DePaul University. Students must earn a grade of D or better in all courses taken to satisfy these requirements. The only exception is the Capstone course which is considered also a major requirement and in which students need to earn a C- or better.

Students may choose to take some CDM courses that carry Liberal Studies credit but they cannot double count them if they are part of the major requirements. A complete list of courses that carry Liberal Studies credit can be found on the Liberal Studies website along with an overview of the Liberal Studies requirements for this program. Students can search for courses that satisfy a particular Liberal Studies requirement on campusconnect.

Note Students must complete an ethics class as one of the Philosophical Inquiry or Religious Dimensions requirements. In this sample schedule the ethics requirement replaces one of the Philosophical Inquiry requirements.

The representation of these course requirements on a year-by-year basis is just a suggestion. Students are free to take these courses in any order they choose, provided they have mastered the course-specific prerequisites.

First Year
GAM 226 Fundamentals of Game Design
GD 105 Intro to Visual Design
GAM 244 Game Development I
CSC 261 Programming in C++ I
CSC 262 Programming in C++ II
MAT 150 Calculus I
MAT 151 Calculus II
Liberal Studies Requirements
DC 201 Introduction to Screenwriting
LSP 110 Discover Chicago
OR LSP 111 Explore Chicago
LSP 112 Focal Point Seminar
WRD 103 Composition and Rhetoric I
WRD 104 Composition and Rhetoric II
Second Year
GAM 245 Game Development II
CSC 393 Data Structures in C++
ANI 230 3D Design and Modeling
2 Major Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
ANI 101 Animation for Non-Majors
LSP 200 Seminar On Multiculturalism in the United States
1 Religious Dimensions
2 Self Society and the Modern World
1 Understanding the Past
1 Scientific Inquiry
Third Year
CSC 373 Computer Systems I
CSC 374 Computer Systems II
GAM 350 Physics for Game Developers
GAM 374 Fundamentals of Game Programming I
GAM 377 Fundamentals of Game Programming II
GPH 321 Computer Graphics Development I
GPH 329 Computer Graphics Development II
1 Major Elective
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Junior Year Experiential Learning
GAM 228 Ethics in Computer Games and Cinema
1 Arts & Literature
1 Religious Dimensions
Fourth Year
GAM 376 Artificial Intelligence for Computer Games
GPH 389 Real-Time Graphics Techniques
GAM 392 Game Modification Workshop
GAM 394 Game Development Project I
GAM 395 Game Development Project II (Capstone)
1 Major Elective
3 Open Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Self, Society, and the Modern World
1 Philosophical Inquiry
1 Understanding the Past
Major Electives
Major electives can be chosen from the following list
200 level ANI, DC, GAM, GPH, or IM courses
300 CDM courses

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in all major elective courses.

Open Electives
Open Electives may be taken from any unit at DePaul. These are the only courses that may be taken under the pass/fail option (see the DePaul Undergraduate Course Catalog for details). Students must earn a grade of D or higher in all open elective courses. Courses that satisfy a CDM minor or other minors are normally credited as open electives.