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Undergraduate Programs

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) 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.  

Program Overview

The Digital Sciences Bachelor's 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 multidisciplinary skill set adds the flexibility needed for many of today's careers.

Building on this broad overview, the program adds further depth in technical topics, societal issues, and project management. Students gain additional technical competency by studying information management, database systems, and digital security. They also study information ethics and societal issues to better understand how technology can be adapted for different needs. Finally, students learn how to work on a team by studying requirements engineering, project management, and team dynamics.

The program culminates with a multidisciplinary group capstone project. Students put theory into practice in this integrative experience by applying their new knowledge and skills on a large group project. Moreover, this capstone class meets concurrently with a class in another major, with each group contributing their disciplinary expertise to create a richer product than either group could create individually. As a result, both sets of students receive practical experience working on a diverse project team, much as they will do later in the workplace.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree provides deeper knowledge in the Digital Sciences and related areas than the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, with elective options to customize the degree for each student's particular interests and career goals.

Concentrations

Six optional concentrations are tailored with courses in Digital Sciences and related areas to prepare students for specific career paths:

  • The Digital Systems Software Development concentration focuses on the web site and software applications needed by an organization and the design and maintenance of a user interface and software system to meet those needs.
  • The Digital Systems Interaction concentration focuses on the educational and interactive applications needed by an organization and the improvement of the user's interaction with those applications.
  • The Digital Systems Telecommunication Networks concentration focuses on the communication infrastructure needed by an organization and the design and management of a telecommunication system and computer network to meet those needs.
  • The Enterprise Architecture concentration focuses on the business processes and technology infrastructure needed by an organization and the design of software systems that are aligned with the processes and infrastructure to support the goals of the business.
  • The Digital Systems Analysis concentration focuses on the business data and software applications needed by an organization and the planning and management of a computer information system to meet those needs.
  • The Digital Systems Management concentration focuses on the technical leadership needed by an organization and the management of the computer information system and infrastructure to support the goals of the business.

"No Concentration" Option

While the six Bachelor of Science concentrations target specific career paths, a No Concentration option provides flexibility for students interested in other career paths within Digital Sciences.

 

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree retains the same core coursework in Digital Sciences as the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, but with fewer required electives.

As such, it is the ideal complement to an Associate's degree or an excellent candidate for part of a dual degree. For sophomores or juniors who change their major to Digital Sciences, the B.A. degree may provide the quickest path to graduation.

Students in the B.A. degree can work with the school’s advising staff to choose electives within the program that match their particular interests and career goals.

Program Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Digital Sciences
Major Program Requirements

  • DSCI 10010 Society, Culture and the Digital Sciences
  • DSCI 10410 Information Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • DSCI 13210 Design Processes and Principles DSCI 15310 Computational Thinking and Programming
  • DSCI 34410 Digital Information Management and Processing
  • DSCI 41510 Project Management and Team Dynamics
  • DSCI 41610 Digital Systems Security
  • DSCI 40910 Capstone in Digital Sciences
  • MIS 24053 Introduction to Computer Applications
  • MIS 24065 Web Programming
  • MIS 44043 Database Management Systems
  • TECH 46411 Requirements Engineering and Analysis
Choose 6 credits of approved electives in Digital Sciences or a related area, including:
  • DSCI 10310 My Story on the Web
  • DSCI 23410 Cognition in Technology
  • DSCI 26010 Telecommunication Infrastructure
  • DSCI 31010 Enterprise Architecture
  • DSCI 33310 Human-Computer Interaction
Many other approved electives are available in related areas, including the following:

Communication Studies, Computer Technology, Computer Science, Instructional Technology, Journalism and Mass Communication, Management and Information