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School of Digital Sciences
School of Digital Sciences

236  Math and Computer Science Building
Tel: 330-672-9105


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 has fewer major program requirements than the B.S. degree, and as such is the ideal complement to an Associate's degree or an excellent candidate for a dual degree.

The B.S. degree program provides deeper knowledge in the digital sciences and has six optional focused concentrations.

  • The Digital Science Cognition and Communication concentration focuses on the learning, teaching, communication, interaction and training needs of an organization and the hardware and software systems that must be designed to meet those needs.
  • 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 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.
  • The Digital Systems Software Development concentration focuses on the software 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 of an organization and the design of a telecommunication and network infrastructure to meet those needs.
  • 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.

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

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.

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.

Student Organizations

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

Culminating Requirements

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

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (42 credits)  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  DSCI 10010 Society, Culture and the Digital Sciences 3
    10410 Information Ethics and Social Responsibility 3
    13210 Design Processes and Principles 3
    15310 Computational Thinking and Programming 3
    34410 Digital Information Management and Processing 3
    40910 Capstone in Digital Sciences 3
 WIC   41510 Global Project Management and Team Dynamics * 3
    41610 Digital Systems Security 3
  MIS 24053 Introduction to Computer Applications 3
    24065 Web Programming 3
    44043 Database Management Systems 3
  TECH 46411 Requirements Engineering and Analysis 3
  Advisor-Approved Electives in Digital Sciences or Related Area 6
Type Course Title Credits
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9
  Kent Core Social Sciences (courses from two curricular areas) 6
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  Kent Core Additional 6
  General Electives (total hours depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 39 upper-division hours) 37-42

* Minimum C (2.000) grade required in DSCI 41510 to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.


Advisor-Approved Electives in Digital Sciences or Related Area (6 credit hours)
Communication Studies
COMM 21008 Social Media Strategies (3)
  26001 Public Communication in Society (3)
  35600 Communication in Small Groups and Teams (3)
  43000 Communication Technology and Human Interaction (3)
  45006 Media Use and Effects (3)
  45957 Language, Meaning and Cognition (3)
Computer Technology
COMT 36308 Ergonomics in Computer Systems (3)
  36318 Survey of Information Security, Internet Fraud and Computer Forensics (3)
  36320 Computer Forensics (3)
  36321 Network Forensics (3)
  36330 Local Area Network Security Fundamentals (3)
Computer Science
CS 10001 Computer Literacy (3)
  10051 Introduction to Computer Science (4)*
  13001 Computer Science I-Programming and Problem Solving (4)
  13401 User Level Computer Security (3)
  23001 Computer Science II-Data Structures and Abstraction (4)
  23022 Discrete Structures for Computer Science (3)
  33007 Introduction to Database System Design (3)
  33223 Unix Tools (3)
  33901 Software Engineering (3)
  35101 Computer Architecture (3)
  43202 Systems Administration (3)
Digital Sciences
DSCI 10310 My Story on the Web (3)
  23410 Cognition in Technology (3)
  26010 Telecommunication Infrastructure (3)
  31010 Enterprise Architecture (3)
  33310 Human-Computer Interaction (3)
  49992 Internship in Digital Sciences (1-6)
  49996 Individual Investigation in Digital Sciences (1-3)
GEOG 49070 Geographic Information Science (3)
Instructional Technology
ITEC 47413 Digital Video in Education (3)
  47427 Technology and Learning (3)
  47430 Computer Applications in Education (3)
Journalism and Mass Communication
JMC 21001 Principles of Advertising (3)
  21008 Social Media Strategies (3)
  28001 Principles of Public Relations (3)
Management and Information Systems
MIS 24163 Principles of Management** (3)
  34036 Enterprise Systems (3)
  34054 Using Information Systems for Solving Business Problems (3)
  34068 System Analysis and Design (3)
  34070 Programming Theory and Applications (3)
  34161 Managerial and Technological Aspects of Healthcare Systems Management (3)
  44042 Network Theory and Applications (3)
  44045 Information Systems Management (3)
  44062 Supply Chain Management (3)
PSYC 11762 General Psychology (3)*
  30445 Cognitive Psychology (3)
TECH 10001 Information Technology (3)
  26301 Networking Hardware I (3)
  36302 Networking Hardware II (3)
  43050 Inventive Problem Solving (3)
  46312 Wireless Network and Telecommunication Systems (3)
  46330 Visual Basic Programming in Engineering Technology (3)
  46350 Network Management and Design Technology (3)
Visual Communication Design
VCD 14001 Visual Design Literacy (3)
  14002 Communicating with Color (3)
  34004 Visual Ethics (3)
  37000 Visual Design for Media: Advanced (3)

*Fulfills a Kent Core Requirement
**Equivalent to BMRT 11009 Introduction to Management Technology