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Minor: Game Design

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Offered by: Department of Computer Science
Contact: Nicole Roy, 110E Gates Hall, 255.0982,


All undergraduates. CS Majors may not count courses from the CS-focused list toward completion of this minor.

Educational Objectives

This minor is for students who anticipate that game design will play a prominent role in their academic and professional career. To apply for a Game Design minor:

  • Complete course work required for the minor (see below).
  • Obtain the form “Application to Certify Completion of an Engineering minor” from Engineering Advising in 167 Olin Hall.
  • Obtain an official transcript from the University Registrar’s Office in B7 Day Hall.
  • Complete the form and attach the copy of your transcript on which each course used for the minor is highlighted or underlined.
  • Submit the form and the transcript to the Computer Science undergraduate office, 110E Gates Hall.


At least six (6) courses (18 credit minimum) chosen as follows:

Required Courses: Complete the following two courses:

  • CS/INFO 3152: Introduction to Computer Game Arc:hitecture
  • CS/INFO 4152: Advanced Topics in Computer Game Architecture

Additional Courses: Choose four of the following 18 courses:

  • CS-Focused courses (CS majors: see Note):
  • CS/ENGRD 2110: Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures
  • CS/INFO 3300: Data-Driven Web Applications
  • CS 4620/ARCH 3704: Introduction to Computer Graphics
  • CS 4700: Foundations of Artificial Intelligence
  • CS 5625: Interactive Computer Graphics
  • CS 5643: Physically Based Animation for Computer Graphics

Other courses:

  • ART 2701: Introduction to Digital Media
  • ART 3704: Interactive Digital Media
  • COMM 4220: Psychology of Entertainment Media
  • ECE 4760: Digital Systems Design Using Microcontrollers
  • INFO/COMM 2450: Communication and Technology
  • INFO/COMM 3450: Human–Computer Interaction Design
  • INFO/COMM 4400: Advanced Human–Computer Interaction Design
  • MUSIC 2421: Performing with Computers
  • MUSIC 3421: Scoring the Moving Image
  • MUSIC 3431/PMA 3680: Sound Design and Digital Audio
  • PSYCH 3420/COGST 3420/VISST 3342: Human Perception: Applications to Computer Graphics, Art, and Visual Display
  • SOC 4340: Online Social and Information Networks

Academic Standards

At least C for each course in the minor.

Note: CS majors cannot take courses from the CS-focused list for the Game Design minor.