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Computer Science releases new details on proposed undergraduate gaming degree

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The Computer Science Department in the Baskin School of Engineering is working to create a new undergraduate degree program focused on the construction of interactive computer games, the Bachelor of Science in Computer Game Engineering. Reflecting both the growing cultural and economic importance of the computer gaming industry within California and the increasing complexity and specialization of computer gaming systems, the new program focuses on the technical, artistic, and narrative underpinnings of these games. The degree features a freshman year game design experience, and an intensive senior-year game design studio where students work in teams to develop a substantial video game. This four year interdisciplinary degree program provides a rigorous education in computer science, in concert with a broad introduction to those aspects of digital media, art, music, narrative, and computer engineering most relevant to games.

Students wishing to participate in the computer gaming degree program should apply for admission to the existing BA or BS in Computer Science, with studies beginning in Fall 2006.

Note that the BS in Computer Game Engineering has not yet been officially approved by UC Santa Cruz. There is strong expectation that this program will be approved during the 2005/6 academic year. However, this program should be viewed as being likely, but not guaranteed, to be in place at the start of the 2006/7 academic year.

Please contact the School of Engineering Undergraduate Advising Office, (831) 459-5840 ( for the latest information on the status of these programs.