Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with an Emphasis in Game and Simulation Development

Offered By: College of Science, Engineering, & Technology

BS in Computer Science

Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Science prepares students for career options which include computer systems analyst, networks specialist, database manager, programmer and software engineer. Students learn algorithms, discrete structures, programming languages, software development, networks, operating systems and computing systems fundamentals. Students also learn professional and ethical practices associated with computing through the lens of our Christian worldview. Students will explore the problems and trends associated with the management of huge volumes of data, gaining fundamental knowledge in the design of highly scalable systems that can collect, process, store and analyze large volumes of unstructured data.

Competencies include large scale data processing, data mining and interpretation, pattern analysis and data-based decision making. This program integrates math, chemistry, physics and biology and emphasizes critical thinking, real-world application and practical project experience. In addition, students develop valuable workplace skills, including effective communication, teamwork, initiative, strong work ethic, analytical skills, adaptability and self-confidence. Students entering the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program should possess knowledge of algebra and common office software applications. To view more information regarding courses and requirements, visit our Academic Catalog.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with an Emphasis in Game and Simulation Development program is accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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Domains

  1. Mathematics Core - Students will become versed into the most important prerequisite for understanding computing. Students will acquire the knowledge and skill to analytically evaluate problems and formulate solutions with mathematical rigor. This includes definitions, proofs, formal notation, analysis, vector computations, and discrete probability.
    • Apply the fundamentals of mathematics in computer science disciplines.
    • Apply mathematics in the analysis, evaluation of problems and formulation of solutions.
    • Apply an appropriate area of mathematics in the planning, modeling, or design of a portion of a facility, structure, system, process, or product.
  2. Natural Sciences Core - Students learn to apply scientific methods and apply factual methodology to study formal systems. Students study fundamental principles, phenomena, and processes in Molecular Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. The broad science foundation will enable students to better understand the context in which computer-based solutions and tools are developed and utilized.
    • Design, conduct, and report experiments, analyze and interpret data.
    • Employ scientific method and associated inquiry processes to test basic theories as they apply to computer science.
    • Critically manipulate and analyze numerical data and observable facts.
  3. Algorithms and Complexity - Students will be able to define the central concepts and skills required to design, implement, andanalyze algorithms for solving computational problems. Algorithms are essential in all advanced areas ofcomputer science such as artificial intelligence, databases, distributed computing, graphics, networking,operating systems, programming languages, and security.
    • Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline (ABET 2)
    • Develop and implement algorithms.
  4. Architecture and Organization - Students will develop a deeper understanding of the hardware environment upon which all of computing is based, and the interface it provides to higher software layers. Students will acquire an understanding of a computer system’s functional components, their characteristics, performance, and interactions, and the challenge of harnessing parallelism to sustain performance improvements now and into the future.
    • Develop a program using assembly language that provides a solution to an architectural challenge.
    • Develop software that makes efficient use of system resources.
    • Communicate effectively and convey professional demeanor in a variety of professional contexts (ABET 3).
  5. Computational Science and Discrete Structures - Discrete structures are foundational to computer science. Many areas of computer science require the ability to work with concepts from discrete structures. Discrete structures include set theory, logic, graph theory, and probability theory. Computational Science is a field of applied computer science that is the application of computer science to solve problems across a range of disciplines. Students will use discrete structures and computational science to actively contribute to solutions across a variety of disciplines, including computational biology, computational chemistry, computational mechanics, computational archeology, computational finance, computational sociology and computational forensics.
    • Construct proofs using formal models and discrete structures.
    • Create optimal mathematical models (e.g. graphs, sets, probabilities, etc.) that represent a variety of real-world problems requiring a computational solution.
    • Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions (CS) (ABET 6)
  6. Software Development Fundamentals - Fluency in the process of software development is a prerequisite to the study of most of computer science. Students will be proficient at reading and writing programs in multiple programming languages. Beyond programming skills, however, they must be able to design and analyze algorithms, select appropriate paradigms, and utilize modern development and testing tools. This knowledge area brings together those fundamental concepts and skills related to the software development process.
    • Select and utilize data structures appropriate to a given computational problem.
    • Utilize a variety of design concepts, principles, tools, and problem-solving strategies.
    • Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions (ABET 1)
  7. Professionalism and Ethics - Students will be able to understand the social and professional context of information technology and computing, and adhere to ethical codes of conduct. Students will research the historical, social, professional, ethical and legal aspects of computing. They will identify how teamwork is integrated throughout IT and how IT supports an organization. Students will realize the importance of professional oral and written communication skills.
    • Examine the historical, social, ethical and legal, security and social issues and responsibilities.
    • Analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
    • Demonstrate professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles (ABET 4)
    • Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline ( ABET 5)
  8. Game and Simulation Development - Students will be to apply theoretical concepts of computing and simulation to the creation of applications for entertainment, education, or scientific visualization. Students will acquire a foundational skillset necessary for the creative application of software development. Students will synthesize knowledge and skills acquired in previous Mathematics and programming classes in areas of digital media, human-computer interaction, 2D and 3D graphics, simulation, modeling, data structures, and algorithms. This skillset will be augmented with solid fundamental knowledge of gaming and visual simulations, the process of design, development, and production of computer games and related applications.
    • Design and develop game and simulation applications.
    • Integrate HCI in software development in order to achieve optimal usability.

Enrollment Numbers

Combined enrollment data for all emphases:

Computer Science with an Emphasis in Big Data Analytics 

Computer Science with an Emphasis in Business Entrepreneurship

Computer Science with an Emphasis in Game and Simulation Development

 

Academic Year

Enrollment Year

Total

Undergrad

Total

Graduate

Degrees Awarded

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Bachelors

 

Current Year

2020-21

FT

135

52

47

33

0

267

0

0

 

PT

4

4

2

1

0

11

0

1

 

2019-20

FT

130

61

52

24

0

267

0

16

PT

1

3

3

3

0

10

0

2

 

 

2018-19

FT

127

56

43

18

0

244

0

11

 

PT

2

4

2

1

0

9

0

1

 

2017-18

FT

86

64

30

16

0

196

0

14

 

PT

1

8

1

1

0

11

0

1

Note: The table above reflects enrollment and completion data as of 11/6/2020. 

 

Faculty

  • Isac Artzi
    Full-time Faculty
    Computer Science
  • William Hurst
    Full-time Faculty
    Computer Science
  • Ricardo Citro
    Full-time Faculty
    Computer Science
  • Lydia Fritz
    Full-time Faculty
    Computer Science
  • James Gordon
    Ancillary Faculty
    Computer Science
  • Shad Sluiter
    Ancillary
    Faculty Computer Science

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