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Undergraduate Program - Concentration in Game Development

The Department of Computer Science offers a concentration in game development to undergraduate students majoring in Computer Science at NC State. The game development concentration allows the student to develop an understanding of the scientific and technological principles associated with the design and development of computer and console games for both entertainment and serious applications.

North Carolina Now Segment on NC Video Games

Objectives of the Concentration in Game Development
The objectives of concentration are to:

  • graduate skilled computer scientists with deep knowledge in the algorithms, processes and technologies used to make games
  • balance training in the technologies of games with the same breadth in Computer Science instruction as all Computer Science students
  • provide students with a a multi-disciplinary view of game creation by requiring specific courses from other disciplines that contribute to the process of game creation

Program of Study

Students take all courses required for the CSC major. Concentration course selection for Restricted and Other Electives is constrained to focus on specific courses directly related to game design and development. Specifically, all students pursuing the concentration must take both CSC 461, Computer Graphics, and CSC 481, Game Design and Development. Further, students must take either CSC 462, Advanced Graphics Projects or CSC 482, Advanced Game Development Projects. Students must select two additional CSC courses from the following list:

  • CSC 411 Artificial Intelligence
  • CSC 454 Human-Computer Interaction
  • CSC 462 Introduction to Graphics
  • CSC 482 Game Design and Development
  • CSC 484 Building Game AI
  • CSC 582 Computer Models of Interactive Narrative
Prerequisite Structure Advanced Games Elective

Students pursuing the Game Development Concentration must select their Other Electives from the following list (note that, with the exception of MUS 306, these classes are approved as Other Electives ONLY for the Game Development Concentration)

  • COM 327 - Critical Analysis of Communication Media
  • COM 427 - Game Studies
  • ENG 282 - Introduction to Film
  • ENG 288 - Fiction Writing
  • ENG 376 - Science Fiction
  • ENG 377 - Fantasy
  • ENG 492 - Special Topics in Film
  • MUS 306 - Music Composition with Computers

The Computer Science Game Development Concentration semester-by-semester curriculum is shown in the table below.

Freshman Year- Fall Semester

Courses Credits
CH 101 & 102 General Chemistry 1 & Lab1,2
4
E 101 Intro. to Engineering1,2
1
E 115 Intro. to Computer Environments1
1
ENG 101 Intro to Academic Writing1,2
4
MA 141 Calculus 11,2
4
Semester Total Credits:
14

Freshman Year- Spring Semester

Course(s) Credits
CSC 116 Intro to Comp. Java2
3
*** *** Humanities/Social Science Elective3
3
MA 241 Calculus II1,2
4
PY 205 Physics I1,2
4
PE 101-109 Health & Physical Fitness
1
Semester Total Credits:
15

Sophomore Year- Fall Semester

Courses Credits
CSC 216 Programming Concepts2
3
CSC 226 Applied Discrete Mathematics2
3
MA 242 Calculus III
4
PY 208 Physics II
4
PE *** Physical Education Elective
1
Semester Total Credits:
15

Sophomore Year- Spring Semester

Courses Credits
CSC 230 C and Software Tools
3
CSC 316 Data Structures
3
*** *** Humanities/Social Science Elective3
3
MA 305 Elementary Linear Algebra
3
*** *** Basic Science Elective4
3
Semester Total Credits:
15

Junior Year- Fall Semester

Courses Credits
CSC 236 Comp. Org. & Assem. Lang.
3
CSC 246 Operating Systems
3
CSC 333 Automata, Grammars, and Computability
3
ST 370 Probability & Statistics for Engineers
3
*** *** Humanities/Social Science Elective3
3
Semester Total Credits:
15

Junior Year- Spring Semester

Courses Credits
CSC 326 Software Engineering
3
CSC 379 Ethics in Computing
1
CSC *** CSC Games Restricted Elect.5
3
EC 205 Econ. or EC 201 or ARE 201
3
ENG 331 Comm. for Engineering & Tech.
3
*** *** Games Restricted Elective8
3
Semester Total Credits:
16

Senior Year- Fall Semester

CSC 461 Computer Graphics
3
CSC 481 Game Development
3
*** *** Humanities/Social Science Elective3
3
*** *** Humanities/Social Science Elective3
3
*** *** Games Restricted Elective8
3
Semester Total Credits:
15

Senior Year- Spring Semester

CSC 4** Advanced Games Elective9
3
CSC *** CSC Games Restricted Elect.5
3
*** *** Humanities/Social Science Elective3
3
*** *** Games Restricted Elective8
3
CSC 492 Senior Design Project
3
Semester Total Credits:
15

Minimum hours required for graduation = 1206,7 . *** *** Indicates choices, see notes below.

  1. Courses required for Matriculation: CH 101 & 102, E 101, E 115, ENG 101, MA 141, MA 241, and PY 205.
  2. D grades are not accepted in CH 101 & 102, E 101, ENG 101, MA 141, MA 241, PY 205, CSC 116, CSC 216, and CSC 226.
  3. See College of Engineering list of Humanities/Social Sciences/Science-Technology-Society Requirements: http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/undergrad/curricula/documents/HSS2006.pdf. At least one of the seven humanities/social sciences/STS courses must focus on a non-English speaking culture, or an additional course must be selected.
  4. To be selected from CH 201, PY 123, 124, or any PY with a prerequisite of PY 208, any PB, BIO, MEA, or ZO.
  5. To be selected from CSC411, CSC454, CSC462, CSC482, CSC484 or CSC582.
  6. The GPA earned in all courses attempted at NCSU must be 2.0 or higher to satisfy University graduation requirements.
    In addition, the College of Engineering requires either a GPA of 2.0 or higher in all courses bearing the CSC designation
    or a grade of C- or higher in each CSC course used to satisfy the requirements in the major.
  7. All students who graduate from NCSU must demonstrate competency in a foreign language at the 102 level.
  8. To be selected from ENG 282, ENG 288. ENG 376, ENG 377, ENG 492 (Special Topics in Film) or MUS 306.
  9. To be selected from CSC 462, CSC 482.

Curriculum Requirements for B.S. in Computer Science: Game Development Concentration

For more details

For more information, interested students should contact the CSC Director of Undergraduate Advising:

Dr. Barbara Adams
Department of Computer Science
NC State University
890 Oval Drive, Box 8206
1204C - Engineering Building II
Raleigh, NC 27695-8206
919-515-7027