The Bachelor of Arts in Game Design requires completion of at least 136 semester credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. The program usually spans eight semesters of fifteen weeks each, or four academic years. See Degree Requirements for additional information. 

This is a sample sequence of courses for a student in the 2018-2019 academic cohort.

Sample Course Sequence Chart

Semester Course Course Title Core Credits
Semester 1 DES 100 Introduction to Design Process X 4
DES 101 Principles of Interactive Design X 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology X 3
ART 105* Art Processes 3
MAT 105* Introductory Probability and Statistics 3
Semester Total 17
Semester 2 GAM 120* Introduction to Digital Production X 3
DES 105 Game Design Process X 3
DES 260 User Experience Design I X 3
PSY 201 Cognitive Psychology X 3
ENG 116* Storytelling 3
CG 102* 2D Raster Graphics for Designers 3
Semester Total 18
Semester 3 GAM 200* Project II X 4
DES 220 System Design I X 3
DES 270 User Research I X 3
CS 116* Introduction to Computer Technology and Programming 4
MAT 100* Pre-Calculus with Linear Algebra and Geometry 4
Semester Total 19
Semester 4
GAM 250* Project II X 4
DES 240 Level Design I X 3
DES 301 Game Design I X 3
CS 165* Programming Foundations 4
PHY 115* Introduction to Applied Math and Physics 3
COL 235 College Success for Designers 3
Semester Total 16
Semester 5 GAM 350* Project III X 4
DES 303 Game Design III X 3
DES 370 User Research II X 3
CS 176* Advanced Scripting Languages 3
MUS 115 Fundamentals of Music and Sound Design 3
COL 499 Career Search Preparation: Material, Logistics, and Communication 1
Semester Total 17
Semester 6 GAM 375 or GAM 400* Project III or Project IV X 4
DES 400 Integrated Digital Design X 3
Design Elective Any three-credit DES course numbered 300 or higher. X 3
Psychology Elective Any three-credit course with the PSY designation. X 3
COM 250 Professional Communication 3
Semester Total 16
Semester 7 GAM 375* Project III X 4
GAT 316 3D Game Design II X 3
GAT 370 Information Visualization X 3
Design Elective Any three-credit GAT course numbered 200 or higher. X 3
English Elective Any three-credit course with the ENG designation. 3
Semester Total 16
Semester 8 GAM 400 or GAM 450* Project IV X 4
Design or Psychology Elective Any three-credit DES course numbered 300 or higher, or PSY course numbered 200 or higher. X 3
English Elective Any three-credit course with the ENG designation. 3
MGT Elective Any three-credit course with the MGT designation. X 3
HSS Elective Any three-credit course from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, except those with the COL designation. 3
Semester Total 16
Degree Total 136 minimum

*Other courses may fulfill this requirement. See the Degree Requirements for more information.