Academic Catalog

Game Design and Development, an Option to the Associate in Science in Computer Science

Program Description 

This program will prepare students for transfer to a four-year college to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in computer game design. The curriculum follows the model provided by the Association of Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society to assure maximum transferability. Upon graduation, students can expect to transfer to a four-year college with junior status. Effective problem solving is central to good game design and development. The software development process (composing and coordinating components of a program) requires that students construct algorithms for problem solving with appropriate documentation. This curriculum has been designed to prepare the student to work as a team and solve complex computer programming problems. The department recommends the following minimal criteria for prospective students in the Computer Game Development and Design option:

1. High school diploma or equivalent

2. Cumulative high school grade point average of C or above

3. Ranked in top half of high school graduating class

4. No developmental studies requirement

Transfer Information

Students pursuing the Computer Science – Game Development and Design degree can transfer into majors such as Computer Science or Information Technology with a concentration/ specialization in Game Development and Design. Many colleges offer opportunities for transfer both in and out of state. Admission is competitive and may require specific coursework to be completed as well as a portfolio of artwork. Students are encouraged to work closely with OCC faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer

Career Information

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science Degrees are designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree. The curriculum provides students the knowledge and skills needed to pursue various career pathways, while providing a credential beyond the high school degree. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with OCC faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by OCC, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers

Students are encouraged to keep track of degree requirements by using the “My Progress” screen on Student Planning. Student Planning can be accessed via logging into Ocean Connect.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 151 English I 3
CSIT 115 Introduction to Computer Game Development 3
CSIT 165 Programming I 4
Social Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Any STSC - Student Success Seminar course 1 2
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENGL 152 English II 3
MATH 265 Calculus I 4
CSIT 166 Programming II 4
CSIT 176 Computer Organization & Architecture 3
Humanities or Social Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
 Credit Hours17
Third Semester
MATH 266 Calculus II 4
CSIT 265 Data Structures and Analysis 4
Select one of the following to fulfill the Lab Science Gen. Ed. Requirement: 4
General Biology I
General Chemistry I
General Physics I
Humanities Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Semester
BUSN 134
Principles of Marketing
or Principles of Management
CSIT 173 Game Programming With Open GL 3
CSIT 213 Database Management 3
Select one of the following to fulfill the Lab Science Gen. Ed. Requirement: 4
General Biology II
General Chemistry II
General Physics II
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours60

A variety of STSC -Student Success Seminar courses are available. Please speak to your academic advisor for assistance when selecting.