Game Programming Learning Outcomes

Through peer collaboration, internships, classroom teaching, and hands-on experience, you'll immerse yourself in computer science and game programming techniques and best practices.

This deep set of proficiencies in multiple areas will increase your marketability in this fast-paced industry. With a large game portfolio and experience working on game production teams, you'll graduate with a distinct set of state-of-the-art skills.

By the time you complete the academic and internship requirements for your Game Programming degree, you will be able to perform the following tasks and functions:

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING

  • Solve complex logic problems using the tools and techniques found in computer science, software engineering, and game programming. 
  • Write clear and efficient code in the programming languages relevant to professional game development, following appropriate coding standards and industry practices.

SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

  • Build systems that employ common approaches to game AI, game physics, game networking, game graphics (2-D and 3-D), operating systems, and file formats.
  • Solve complex software architectural design problems found in multi-platform, multi-user, and/or multi-component game engine development.
  • Apply knowledge of contemporary computer architecture to software engineering problems. 

MATHEMATICS

  • Solve complex problems by using appropriate mathematical tools including those developed through algebra, geometry/trigonometry, calculus, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, and physics.

PRODUCTION

  • Build interactive software as part of a development team (including artists, animators, designers, producers, and/or other programmers).
  • Implement effective design, production, and testing techniques (including appropriate project engineering and management) through all phases of game development as relevant to programmers/engineers.
  • Communicate effectively (through the use of written material and visual presentations) to both technical and non-technical game developers.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Use appropriate resources to research, develop, and contribute to advances and trends within the field of game development.