The computer gaming concentration is designed to provide a comprehensive game development skill set that the student can apply to their other concentration area. The goal is not to teach the student to create recreational video games, but to apply gaming technology to domain-specific problems. The gaming concentration teaches skills that not only make the student attractive to the rapidly-growing video game industry, but also to a variety of other enterprises, including business, medicine, geography, education, and biotechnology, among others.
Programming: In this track, students focus on how game engines work and writing software to work within the game engine. This concentration has direct industry applicability in a number of areas. For example, a student might create a game architecture to help patients with physical therapy, or design a game platform that incorporates geographic information systems.
Art: In this track, students focus on the visual aspects of game design, including 2D/3D modeling, animation, and texturing. Real world applications might include creating an interactive virtual world for corporate training, inventing a surgical simulation to educate medical students, or creating content for the film industry.
Education: In this track, students discover how to apply game design skills to achieve educational goals, learning to build virtual worlds that complement an educational setting. For example, a student might build a game that teaches linear algebra by incorporating trigonometric rules into the game design, or a game that teaches correct sentence construction to early English learners.
- Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
- All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
- A minimum GPA of 2.0 “C” or better is required in all concentration area courses.
- For more information on this concentration make an appointment with an advisor by calling 480-965-3199, sending an email to CIDSE.firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting cidse.engineering.asu.edu/
- * Note that if courses listed are not falling into your DARS report for the Concentration, you will need to contact Cidse.Advising@asu.edu to get this entered in.
Required Core courses 9 Hours
CPI 111 Game Development I, CS (3)
CPI 211 Game Development II (3) (Prerequisite: CPI 111 with C or better)
CPI 441 Gaming Capstone (3) (Required) (Prerequisite: CPI 411, CPI 412, CPI 421, CPI 422 or DCI 451 with C or better)
Track Courses 9 Hours (choose three courses):
CPI 311: Game Engine Development (offered fall only) OR SER 332 Introduction to Graphics and Game Development (offered spring only)
CPI 321: Fundamentals of Game Art (offered spring only)
CPI 411: Graphics for Games (offered spring only) OR SER 432 Game Engine Architecture (offered fall only)
CPI 421: 3-D Modeling and Texturing (offered fall only)
CSE or CPI 494: Design for Learning in Virtual Worlds
DCI 451: Design Research and Educational Gaming Practicum
EDT 310: Games for Impact: The Full Life Cycle
EDT 329: Games, Simulations and Virtual Environments
EDT 340: Designing Games for Impact
EDT 460: Games, Technology and Society
EDT 463: Games for Impact: Life Cycle
EDT 494: Special Topics- See Advisor for a list of approved courses
RDG 440: Computer Gaming, Learning and Literacy
SER 431: Advanced Graphics (offered fall only)
All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.
BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:
A meeting with your academic advisor to:
Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration
- One course meeting general studies MA requirement
- ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
- Minimum 2.00 GPA
Required Courses (12 credit hours):
BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)
BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better
BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area
BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better
For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses
For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop
Transfer to ASU transfer.asu.edu
- How credits transfer to ASU transfer.asu.edu/credits
- How to transfer to ASU from a Two-Year school transfer.asu.edu/ CommunityColleges
Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students transfer.asu.edu/maricopa
- Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
- MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
- Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult transfer.asu.edu/maricopa for verification.