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School of Digital Sciences
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.
Students who do not select a concentration are provided options both within and outside digital sciences, allowing customization for each student's interests and career goals.
Graduates of the Digital Sciences Bachelor's program are prepared for today's careers and ready to adapt to tomorrow's careers. Typical careers might include web developer, instructional technologist, information technology coordinator, software project manager, telecommunication specialist or computer systems analyst.
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.
Minimum 121 total credit hours and minimum 39 upper-division hours, with minimum 2.000 GPA in major and overall.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
1. Demonstrate broad inter-disciplinary knowledge and understanding of digital sciences across traditional college and professional boundaries. They will be able to work with technical, business, and design professionals, and will be able to integrate material from these various disciplines. They will be able to adapt their thinking based on how different societies, cultures, genders, ethnic groups and professions approach technology and information and use it in different ways.
2. Demonstrate competence with a broad range of digital technologies. In many cases, they will be able to apply multiple approaches to a problem as practiced by different professions. They will demonstrate theoretical and practical understanding of web page design, web programming, computational thinking, database systems, information management, and digital systems security.
3. Apply design thinking to technological problems. They will demonstrate familiarity with design thinking and the relationship between design and technology. They will be able to help web designers and programmers make their technology easier to use.
4. Apply critical evaluation and problem solving skills to organizational needs. They will be able to analyze customer needs, consider the impact on various diverse groups or cultures, evaluate solutions from a variety of technical and design viewpoints, and solve a variety of technical and design problems.
5. Demonstrate effective communication skills, both verbally and in written form. They will be able to communicate as individuals or as part of a project team, and they will be able to communicate with technical, business, and design professionals.
6. Participate in, and lead, multi-disciplinary project teams. They will demonstrate theoretical and practical understanding of requirements engineering, project management, and team dynamics. They will demonstrate practical experience working with students from another department on a multi-disciplinary project team.
Study Abroad/Away Opportunities
There are many study abroad/away opportunities, including full-semester study at Kent State's sites in Florence or Geneva, exchange programs in Germany or elsewhere, or faculty-led short-term programs. For more information contact the Office of Global Education.
Digital Scientists, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM); hacKSU; Collegiate Business Association; Delta Sigma Pi; Management and Information System Association (MISA); Net Impact Kent State University
The B.A. and B.S. degrees include a senior capstone course that provides experience in working on interdisciplinary projects as part of a multidisciplinary team.
Advanced Degree Programs
For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.
Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts; KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive
* Minimum C (2.000) grade required in DSCI 41510 to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.
*Fulfills a Kent Core Requirement
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