Digital Sciences - B.A.

College of Communication and Information
School of Digital Sciences
236 Mathematics and Computer Science Building
Kent State
330-672-9105
digital-science@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/dsci


Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree offered by the School of Digital Sciences is designed to provide students with the ability to adapt and succeed in a rapidly changing digital world.

The program provides a broad overview of digital technologies, often from multiple points of view. For example, a student may study the content and visual layout of a web page with a journalism professor and later study the programming aspects of a web page with a business professor. A course with an architect adds more material on design, and a course with a computer scientist adds additional programming skills. This multidisciplinary skill set adds the flexibility needed for many of today's careers.

Building on this broad overview, the program adds further depth in technical topics, societal issues, and project management. Students gain additional technical competency by studying information management, database systems, and digital security. They also study information ethics and societal issues to better understand how technology can be adapted for different needs. Finally, students learn how to work on a team by studying requirements engineering, project management, and team dynamics.

The program culminates with a multidisciplinary group capstone project. Students put theory into practice in this integrative experience by applying their new knowledge and skills on a large group project. Moreover, this capstone class meets concurrently with a class in another major, with each group contributing their disciplinary expertise to create a richer product than either group could create individually. As a result, both sets of students receive practical experience working on a diverse project team, much as they will do later in the workplace.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree is the ideal complement to an associate's degree or an excellent candidate for part of a dual degree.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Study Abroad/Study Away Opportunities

There are many study abroad/away opportunities for the B.A. degree, including full-semester study at Kent State's sites in Florence or Geneva, exchange programs in Germany or elsewhere, or faculty-led short-term programs. For more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate broad interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of digital sciences across traditional college and professional boundaries. They will be able to work with technical, business, and design professionals, and will be able to integrate material from these various disciplines. They will be able to adapt their thinking based on how different societies, cultures, genders, ethnic groups and professions approach technology and information and use it in different ways.
  2. Demonstrate competence with a broad range of digital technologies. In many cases, they will be able to apply multiple approaches to a problem as practiced by different professions. They will demonstrate theoretical and practical understanding of web page design, web programming, computational thinking, database systems, information management, and digital systems security.
  3. Apply design thinking to technological problems. They will demonstrate familiarity with design thinking and the relationship between design and technology. They will be able to help web designers and programmers make their technology easier to use.
  4. Apply critical evaluation and problem solving skills to organizational needs. They will be able to analyze customer needs, consider the impact on various diverse groups or cultures, evaluate solutions from a variety of technical and design viewpoints, and solve a variety of technical and design problems.
  5. Demonstrate effective communication skills, both verbally and in written form. They will be able to communicate as individuals or as part of a project team, and they will be able to communicate with technical, business, and design professionals.
  6. Participate in, and lead, multidisciplinary project teams. They will demonstrate theoretical and practical understanding of requirements engineering, project management, and team dynamics. They will demonstrate practical experience working with students from another department on a multidisciplinary project team.
 
 
   
 
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[CI-BA-DS]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
DSCI 10010SOCIETY, CULTURE AND THE DIGITAL SCIENCES 3
DSCI 10410INFORMATION ETHICS AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY 3
DSCI 13210DESIGN PROCESSES AND PRINCIPLES 3
DSCI 15310COMPUTATIONAL THINKING AND PROGRAMMING 3
DSCI 34410DIGITAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND PROCESSING 3
DSCI 40910CAPSTONE IN DIGITAL SCIENCES (ELR) 3
DSCI 41510PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND TEAM DYNAMICS (WIC) 13
DSCI 41610DIGITAL SYSTEMS SECURITY 3
MIS 24053INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 3
MIS 24065WEB PROGRAMMING 3
MIS 44043DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS 3
TECH 46411REQUIREMENTS ENGINEERING AND ANALYSIS 3
Approved Electives in Digital Sciences or Related Area 26
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3-5
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Social Sciences (courses from two curricular areas)6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional6
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)41
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

Minimum C grade required in DSCI 41510 to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

2

A list of pre-approved electives is given below. Requests for consideration of other courses as approved electives should be submitted to the student's advisor in the School of Digital Sciences.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000
Pre-Approved Electives in Digital Sciences or Related Area
Computer Animation Design Technology
CADT 22005MULTIMEDIA AND GAME DESIGN 3
Communication Studies
COMM 21008SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIES 3
COMM 26001PUBLIC COMMUNICATION IN SOCIETY 3
COMM 35600COMMUNICATION IN SMALL GROUPS AND TEAMS 3
COMM 41000SPORTS COMMUNICATION 3
COMM 43000COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AND HUMAN INTERACTION 3
COMM 45006MEDIA USE AND EFFECTS 3
COMM 45957LANGUAGE, MEANING AND COGNITION 3
Computer Technology
COMT 20021C SHARP PROGRAMMING 3
COMT 21200ETHICAL HACKING 3
COMT 36302ADVANCED C SHARP PROGRAMMING 3
COMT 36308ERGONOMICS IN COMPUTER SYSTEMS 3
COMT 36310MULTIMEDIA DEVELOPMENT TOOLS 3
COMT 36318SURVEY OF INFORMATION SECURITY, INTERNET FRAUD AND COMPUTER FORENSICS (WIC) 3
COMT 36320COMPUTER FORENSICS 3
COMT 36321NETWORK FORENSICS 3
COMT 36330LOCAL AREA NETWORK SECURITY FUNDAMENTALS 3
COMT 42000SOCIAL MEDIA SECURITY 3
Computer Science
CS 10001COMPUTER LITERACY 3
CS 10051INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE (KMCR) 4
CS 13001COMPUTER SCIENCE I: PROGRAMMING AND PROBLEM SOLVING 4
CS 13011COMPUTER SCIENCE IA: PROCEDURAL PROGRAMMING 2
CS 13012COMPUTER SCIENCE IB: OBJECT ORIENTED PROGRAMMING 2
CS 13401USER LEVEL COMPUTER SECURITY 3
CS 23001COMPUTER SCIENCE II: DATA STRUCTURES AND ABSTRACTION 4
CS 23022DISCRETE STRUCTURES FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE 3
CS 33007INTRODUCTION TO DATABASE SYSTEM DESIGN 3
CS 33101STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES 3
CS 33211OPERATING SYSTEMS 3
CS 33223UNIX TOOLS 3
CS 33901SOFTWARE ENGINEERING 3
CS 35101COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE 3
CS 43202SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATION 3
CS 43203SYSTEMS PROGRAMMING 3
CS 46101DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF ALGORITHMS 3
Digital Sciences
DSCI 10310MY STORY ON THE WEB 3
DSCI 19995SPECIAL TOPICS IN DIGITAL SCIENCES 1-4
DSCI 23410COGNITION IN TECHNOLOGY 3
DSCI 26010TELECOMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE 3
DSCI 29995SPECIAL TOPICS IN DIGITAL SCIENCES 1-4
DSCI 31010ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE 3
DSCI 33310HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION 3
DSCI 39995SPECIAL TOPICS IN DIGITAL SCIENCES 1-4
DSCI 49910EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES IN DIGITAL SCIENCES 1-3
DSCI 49992INTERNSHIP IN DIGITAL SCIENCES (ELR) 1-6
DSCI 49995SPECIAL TOPICS IN DIGITAL SCIENCES 1-4
DSCI 49996INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION IN DIGITAL SCIENCES 1-3
English
ENG 20002INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING 3
ENG 30062PRINCIPLES OF TECHNICAL WRITING 3
ENG 30063PROFESSIONAL WRITING 3
Entrepreneurship
ENTR 27056INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP 3
Geography
GEOG 29160MAPPING OUR WORLD 3
GEOG 49070GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE 4
GEOG 49076SPATIAL PROGRAMMING 3
GEOG 49080ADVANCED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE 3
GEOG 49085WEB AND MOBILE GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE 3
GEOG 49162CARTOGRAPHY AND GEOVISUALIZATION 3
GEOG 49163CARTOGRAPHY AND GEOVISUALIZATION LABORATORY 1
Instructional Technology
ITEC 47413DIGITAL VIDEO IN EDUCATION 3
ITEC 47427TECHNOLOGY AND LEARNING 3
ITEC 47430COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN EDUCATION 3
Journalism and Mass Communication
JMC 20001MEDIA, POWER AND CULTURE (DIVD) (KSS) 3
JMC 21001PRINCIPLES OF ADVERTISING 3
JMC 21008SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIES 3
JMC 28001PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC RELATIONS 3
Management and Information Systems
MIS 24163PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT 3
MIS 34036ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS AND BUSINESS PROCESSES 3
MIS 34054USING INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR SOLVING BUSINESS PROBLEMS 3
MIS 34060OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT 3
MIS 34068SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN 3
MIS 34070PROGRAMMING THEORY AND APPLICATIONS 3
MIS 34158MANAGERIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT 3
MIS 34165DYNAMICS OF LEADERSHIP 3
MIS 44042NETWORK THEORY AND APPLICATIONS 3
MIS 44043DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS 3
MIS 44045INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT 3
MIS 44049NETWORK MANAGEMENT AND CYBERSECURITY 3
MIS 44062SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT 3
Psychology
PSYC 11762GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
PSYC 40445COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY 3
Technology
TECH 10001INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 3
TECH 26010INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY 3
TECH 26301NETWORKING HARDWARE I 3
TECH 33010COMPUTER HARDWARE 3
TECH 36302NETWORKING HARDWARE II 3
TECH 43050INVENTIVE PROBLEM SOLVING 3
TECH 43222COMPUTER HARDWARE ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE 3
TECH 46312WIRELESS NETWORK AND TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEMS 3
TECH 46330VISUAL BASIC PROGRAMMING IN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY 3
TECH 46350NETWORK MANAGEMENT AND DESIGN TECHNOLOGY 3
Visual Communication Design
VCD 14001VISUAL DESIGN LITERACY 3
VCD 14002COMMUNICATING WITH COLOR 3
VCD 34004VISUAL ETHICS 3
VCD 37000VISUAL DESIGN FOR MEDIA: ADVANCED 3
 

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!DSCI 10010 SOCIETY, CULTURE AND THE DIGITAL SCIENCES 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Approved Electives in Digital Sciences or Related Area 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
!DSCI 10410 INFORMATION ETHICS AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY 3
!DSCI 13210 DESIGN PROCESSES AND PRINCIPLES 3
!MIS 24053 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
!MIS 24065 WEB PROGRAMMING 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!DSCI 15310 COMPUTATIONAL THINKING AND PROGRAMMING 3
!DSCI 34410 DIGITAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND PROCESSING 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
!DSCI 41610 DIGITAL SYSTEMS SECURITY 3
!MIS 44043 DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
!DSCI 41510 PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND TEAM DYNAMICS (WIC) 3
!TECH 46411 REQUIREMENTS ENGINEERING AND ANALYSIS 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
!DSCI 40910 CAPSTONE IN DIGITAL SCIENCES (ELR) 3
Approved Electives in Digital Sciences or Related Area 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
General Electives 14
 Credit Hours14
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120