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College
School of Digital Sciences

Department
School of Digital Sciences

236  Math and Computer Science Building
E-mail: digital-sciences@kent.edu
Tel: 330-672-9105
Web: www.kent.edu/dsci

Description

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees offered by the School of Digital Sciences are designed to provide students with the ability to adapt and succeed in a rapidly changing digital world.
The program provides a broad overview of digital technologies, often from multiple points of view. For example, a student may study the content and visual layout of a web page with a journalism professor and later study the programming aspects of a web page with a business professor. A course with an architect adds more material on design, and a course with a computer scientist adds additional programming skills. This multi-disciplinary skill set is exactly what is needed for many of today's careers.

Building on this overview of digital technologies, the program adds further study in information management, database systems and digital security. Finally, students gain the practical skills to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, studying requirements engineering, project management and team dynamics, and culminating in a capstone course.

The B.A. degree program is designed for a broad liberal arts experience, providing ample opportunities for exploring elective options both within and outside digital sciences.

The B.S. degree program offers six focused concentrations to provide deeper knowledge in one or more specific domains:
 

  • The Enterprise Architecture concentration focuses on assisting organizations to review and improve their investments in technology, and to ensure that their digital information, applications, and technology are fully aligned with business goals and objectives.
  • The Digital Systems Analysis concentration focuses on consulting with an organization's managers and users to understand the organization's computer system needs, and then designing a computer system to meet those needs.
  • The Digital Science Cognition and Communication concentration focuses on the learning, teaching, communication and training needs of an organization and the hardware and software systems that must be designed to meet those needs.
  • The Digital Systems Software Development concentration focuses on the software system needs of an organization and the coordination of the design, maintenance and expansion of a software system to meet those needs.
  • The Digital Systems Telecommunication Networks concentration focuses on the communication needs for an organization and the design of a telecommunication and network infrastructure to meet those needs.
  • The Digital Systems Management and Consulting concentration focuses on reviewing an organization's business priorities, identifying and solving complex problems and designing and re-engineering critical processes, and fundamentally transforming business processes in a company.

The Bachelor of Science degree program also contains concentration-specific senior capstone courses, which can meet concurrently with senior-level courses in related disciplines and give students exposure in working on interdisciplinary projects as part of a multidisciplinary team.
 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Digital Sciences Bachelor's program are prepared for today's careers and ready to adapt for tomorrow's careers. Typical careers might include Web Developer, Instructional Technologist, Information Technology coordinator, Software Project Manager, Telecommunication Specialist or Computer Systems Analyst.

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 total credit hours and minimum 39 upper-division hours, with minimum 2.000 GPA in major and overall.
 

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Student Organizations

Association for Computing Machinery; Collegiate Business Association; Delta Sigma Pi; Management and Information System Association (MISA); Net Impact Kent State University
 

Culminating Requirements

The B.S. degree program contains concentration-specific senior capstone courses that can meet concurrently with senior-level courses in related disciplines and give students exposure in working on interdisciplinary projects as part of a multidisciplinary team.

 

Advanced Degree Programs