Curriculum Requirements

Course Legend

First Year

CSC 241 AND CSC 242
OR CSC 243 AND 1 Major Elective
GAM 226
GAM 340
MAT 140
CSC 300
GAM 245
Liberal Studies Requirements
ANI 101
LSP 110
OR LSP 111
LSP 112
WRD 103
WRD 104

Second Year

CSC 301
ANI 230
CSC 373
CSC 361
GAM 341
1 Major Elective
1 Open Elective
Liberal Studies Requirements
SCWR 100
LSP 200
1 Religious Dimensions
1 Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry
1 Historical Inquiry

Third Year

GAM 325
GAM 372
GAM 374
GAM 377
GAM 392
GPH 329
or GAM 370
1 Major Electives
1 Open Elective
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Experiential Learning
FILM 228
OR IT 228
1 Arts & Literature
1 Religious Dimensions

Fourth Year

GAM 394ANDGAM 395 (Capstone)
2 Major Electives
2 Open Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
2 Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry
1 Philosophical Inquiry
1 Historical Inquiry
1 Scientific Inquiry Lab

Major Electives

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

Major Electives must be chosen from the courses below:

  • Computer Science Electives
    CSC 321
    CSC 355
    CSC 357
    MAT 141
  • Computer Systems Electives
    CSC 343
    CSC 348
    CSC 353
    CSC 362
    CSC 374
    CSC 388
  • Game AI Electives
    CSC 380
    CSC 358
    GAM 376
  • Game Design Electives
    GAM 205
    GAM 229
    GAM 231
    GAM 329
    GAM 342
    GAM 351
    GAM 362
    GAM 365
    GAM 397
  • Game Development Studio Electives
    GAM 244
  • Game Programming Electives
    GAM 353
    GAM 368
    GAM 369
    GAM 380
    GAM 398
  • Graphics/Animation/Sound Electives
    ANI 231
    ANI 310
    ANI 332
    ANI 333
    GAM 250
    GPH 389
  • Multiplayer Games Electives
    CSC 376
    CSC 386
  • Mobile Games Electives
    CSC 371
    CSC 372
    CSC 391
    CSC 392
    GAM 386
  • Physics Electives
    GAM 350
    PHY 150
  • Software Engineering Electives
    SE 333
    SE 350
    SE 359
    SE 371
  • Usability Electives
    GAM 312

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. 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.

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 WRD 103 and WRD 104 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 take FILM 228 or IT 228 Ethics in Computer Games and Cinema as one of the two required Philosophical Inquiry learning domain requirements. Students must take ANI 101 Animation for Non-Majors and SCWR 100 Introduction to Screenwriting as two of the three required Arts and Literature learning domain requirements.

Although students are free to take course requirements in any order they choose, provided they have mastered the course-specific prerequisites, it is strongly recommended that students follow these year-by-year suggestions, especially regarding the first-year major courses.

Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken to fulfill LSP Domain requirements.

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 WRD 103, WRD 104, and all Major and Minor courses
  • Earn a grade of D or higher in all other Liberal Studies and Open Elective courses
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

Students who earn a cumulative DePaul University GPA

  • Between 3.500 and 3.699 will graduate cum laude
  • Between 3.700 and 3.849 will graduate magna cum laude
  • Of at least 3.850 will graduate 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.