Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts 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 Bachelor of Science degree program provides deeper knowledge in the digital sciences than the Bachelor of Arts degree and has six optional focused concentrations.
The major program requirements and concentration requirements are summarized informally below.  For the full formal descriptions, please see these sections in the Kent State University 2013 - 2014 Catalog:

Informal lists of course descriptions can be found in the Courses menu item on the left.  This menu contains three lists:

MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

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

II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (39 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
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
TECH 46411 Requirements Engineering and Analysis 3
Advisor-Approved Electives in Digital Sciences or Related Area** 9
Below are additional major requirements for students who do not declare a concentration.  
DSCI 15310 Computational Thinking and Programming 3
MIS 44043 Database Management Systems 3
Advisor-Approved Electives in Digital Sciences** 9
Advisor-Approved Electives in Digital Sciences or Related Area** 12

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 (2.0) grade required in DSCI 41510 to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

**In order to meet upper-division requirement 1 or more courses may need to be upper-division..

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS:

The Bachelor of Science degree program has six optional concentrations, each providing focused depth in a particular area to prepare graduates for specific career paths.  Students who do not choose one of these concentrations must instead take a programming course, a database course, and additional Advisor-Approved electives as listed above.

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for the Bachelor of Science with no concentration, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

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. This concentration can help prepare graduates for careers as an Application Architect, Software Project Manager, Computer Programmer, or Web Developer.

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for the Digital Systems Software Development concentration, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (29 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
CS 13001 Computer Science I-Programming and Problem Solving 4
23001 Computer Science II-Data Structures and Abstraction 4
23022 Discrete Structures for Computer Science 3
33007 Introduction to Database System Design 3
33901 Software Engineering 3
DSCI  10310 My Story on the Web 3
23410 Cognition in Technology 3
31010 Enterprise Architecture 3
33310 Human-Computer Interaction 3
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL
29

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. This concentration can help prepare graduates for careers as a Technology Architect, Network System Analyst, Data Communication Analyst, or Telecommunication Specialist.

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for the Digital Systems Telecommunication Networks concentration, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (27 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
DSCI  10310 My Story on the Web 3
15310 Computational Thinking and Programming 3
26010  Telecommunication Infrastructure 3
MIS 44043 Database Management Systems 3
TECH 26301 Networking Hardware I 3
36302 Networking Hardware II 3
46312 Wireless Network and Telecommunication Systems 3
46330 Visual Basic Programming in Engineering Technology 3
46350 Network Management and Design Technology 3
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL
27

The Digital Systems Interaction concentration (formerly Digital Science Cognition and Communication) focuses on the educational and interactive applications needed by an organization and the improvement of the user's interaction with those applications. This concentration can help prepare graduates for a career as an Instructional Technologist, Instructional Coordinator, Information Technology Trainer, or User Interface Specialist.

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for the Digital Science Cognition and Communication concentration, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (27 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
DSCI 15310 Computational Thinking and Programming 3
23410 Cognition in Technology 3
33310 Human-Computer Interaction 3
ITEC 47413 Digital Video in Education 3
47427 Technology and Learning 3
MIS 44043 Database Management Systems 3
KSS
DD PSYC 11762 General Psychology 3
30445 Cognitive Psychology 3
VCD 14001 Visual Design Literacy 3
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL
27

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.  This concentration can help prepare graduates for careers as an Enterprise Architect, Computer System Architect, Information Architect, or Solution Architect.

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for the Enterprise Architecture concentration, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (29 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
CS 13001 Computer Science I-Programming and Problem Solving 4
23001 Computer Science II-Data Structures and Abstraction 4
23022 Discrete Structures for Computer Science 3
33007 Introduction to Database System Design 3
DSCI  10310 My Story on the Web 3
26010  Telecommunication Infrastructure 3
31010 Enterprise Architecture 3
33310 Human-Computer Interaction 3
MIS 34054 Using Information Systems for Solving Business Problems 3
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL
29

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.  This concentration can help prepare graduates for a career as a Computer System Analyst or Data Processing Systems Analyst.

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for the Digital Systems Analysis concentration, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (27 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
DSCI  10310  My Story on the Web 3
15310 Computational Thinking and Programming 3
31010 Enterprise Architecture 3
33310 Human-Computer Interaction 3
MIS 34054 Using Information Systems for Solving Business Problems 3
34068 Systems Analysis and Design 3
34161 Managerial and Technological Aspects of Healthcare Systems Management 3
44043 Database Management Systems 3
44045 Information Systems Management 3
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL
27

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. This concentration can help prepare graduates for a career as an Management Analyst, Information Systems Project Manager, Information Technology Coordinator or Technology Consultant.

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for the Digital Systems Management and Consulting concentration, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (27 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
DSCI  15310 Computational Thinking and Programming 3
23410 Cognition in Technology 3
26010 Telecommunication Infrastructure 3
31010 Enterprise Architecture 3
MIS 24163 Principles of Management 3
34161 Managerial and Technological Aspects of Healthcare Systems Management 3
44043 Database Management Systems 3
44045 Information Systems Management 3
44062 Supply Chain Management 3
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL
27

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