This program is for those determined to push the boundaries of computer systems beyond their current limits. Mentored in the art and science of computer software architecture, analysis, and evolution by experts, our graduates become the software architects, graphics and game developers, designers, and entrepreneurs who drive the software revolution.
Program Requirements
The following are the requirements for the Software Design Specialization. This information is meant as a guide and is subject to change. The precise and uptodate requirements for Computing degrees can be found online in the University's Academic Calendar. In case of discrepancies, please notify the School's Curriculum Coordinator.
A halfyear/oneterm course is worth 3.0 units, while a fullyear/twoterm course is worth 6.0 units.
1. Core
Code  Title  Units 

A. Complete the following:  
CISC 121  Introduction to Computing Science I  3.0 
CISC 124  Introduction to Computing Science II  3.0 
B. Complete 6.0 units from the following:  6.0  
CISC 102 & MATH 112 
Discrete Mathematics for Computing l and Introduction to Linear Algebra 

CISC 102 & MATH 111 
Discrete Mathematics for Computing l and Linear Algebra 

MATH 110  Linear Algebra  
C. Complete 6.0 units from the following:  6.0  
MATH 120  Differential and Integral Calculus  
MATH 121  Differential and Integral Calculus  
MATH 123 & MATH 124 
Differential and Integral Calculus I and Differential and Integral Calculus II 

D. Complete 3.0 units from the following:  3.0  
STAT 263  Introduction to Statistics  
STAT 268  Statistics and Probability I  
STAT 351  Probability I  
STAT_Options  
E. Complete the following:  
CISC 203  Discrete Mathematics for Computing II  3.0 
CISC 204  Logic for Computing Science  3.0 
CISC 220  System Level Programming  3.0 
CISC 221  Computer Architecture  3.0 
CISC 223  Software Specifications  3.0 
CISC 235  Data Structures  3.0 
F. Complete the following:  
CISC 324  Operating Systems  3.0 
CISC 360  Programming Paradigms  3.0 
CISC 365  Algorithms I  3.0 
G. Complete the following:  
CISC 325  HumanComputer Interaction  3.0 
H. Complete the following:  
CISC 327  Software Quality Assurance  3.0 
I. Complete the following:  
CISC 423  Software Requirements  3.0 
J. Complete the following:  
CISC 422  Formal Methods in Software Engineering  3.0 
CISC 497  Social, Ethical and Legal Issues in Computing  3.0 
2. Option
Code  Title  Units 

A. Complete 45.0 units from one of the following options:  45.0  
i. Software Development Option  
ii. Game Development Option 
2. i. Software Development Option
Code  Title  Units 

a. Complete 3.0 units from the following:  
CISC 322  Software Architecture  3.0 
CISC 326  Game Architecture  3.0 
b. Complete the following:  
CISC 498  Information Technology Project  6.0 
Applications  
c. SOFT_Design at the 400level  3.0  
d. SOFT_Design  6.0  
Complementary  
e. Complete 3.0 units from the following:  3.0  
MECH 380  Effective Tech Communication  
PHIL 259  Critical Thinking  
WRIT 125  Fundamentals of Academic Essay writing  
WRIT 175  Effective Writing II  
f. Complete 3.0 units from the following:  3.0  
APSC 221  Economic And Business Practice  
COMM 200  Business Fundamentals  
COMM 251  Organizational Behaviour  
g. ASC_Humanities_Languages_Social_Sciences  3.0  
i. Any discipline other than APSC, CISC, COCA, COGS, ELEC, MATH, MTHE, STAT  18.0 
2. ii. Game Development Option
Code  Title  Units 

a. Complete the following:  
CISC 226  Game Design  3.0 
CISC 271  Linear Data Analysis  3.0 
b. Complete 3.0 units from the following:  3.0  
CISC 322  Software Architecture  
CISC 326  Game Architecture  
Applications  
c. Complete the following:  
CISC 454  Graphics (A)  3.0 
CISC 486  Game Development  3.0 
d. Complete the following:  
CISC 496  Game Development Project  3.0 
Complementary  
e. Complete 3.0 units from the following:  3.0  
APSC 221  Economic And Business Practice  
COMM 200  Business Fundamentals  
COMM 251  Organizational Behaviour  
f. Complete 3.0 units from the following:  
MECH 380  Effective Tech Communication  
PHIL 259  Critical Thinking  
WRIT 125  Fundamentals of Academic Essay writing  
WRIT 175  Effective Writing II  
g. ASC_Humanities_Langauges_Social_Sciences  3.0  
h. Any discipline other than APSC, CISC, COCA, COGS, ELEC, MATH, MTHE, STAT  18.0  
3. Elective Courses: 12.0 Units
Electives of Potential Interest
Code  Title  Units 

GEOL 290  Worldbuilding  3.0 
FILM 316  Video Games and Culture  3.0 
FILM 378  Computational Cinema  3.0 
MUSC 240  Music of Video Games  3.0 
Statistics Course List (STAT_Options)
Code  Title  Units 

BIOL 243  Introduction to Statistics  3.0 
CHEE 209  Analysis Of Process Data  3.5 
COMM 162  Managerial Statistics  3.0 
ECON 250  Introduction to Statistics  3.0 
GPHY 247  Introduction to Statistics  3.0 
KNPE 251  Introduction to Statistics  3.0 
NURS 323  Introduction to Statistics  3.0 
POLS 385  Introduction to Statistics  3.0 
PSYC 202  Statistics in Psychology  3.0 
SOCY 211  Introduction to Statistics  3.0 
STAM 200  Introduction to Statistics  3.0 
STAT 263  Introduction to Statistics  3.0 
STAT 367  Engineering Data Analysis  4.0 
Software Design Applications Courses (SOFT_Design)
Code  Title  Units 

CISC 226  Game Design  3.0 
CISC 271  Linear Data Analysis  3.0 
CISC 282  Fundamentals of Web Development  3.0 
CISC 320  Fundamentals of Software Development  3.0 
CISC 332  Database Management Systems  3.0 
CISC 335  Computer Networks  3.0 
CISC 340  Digital Systems  3.0 
CISC 352  Artificial Intelligence  3.0 
CISC 425  Advanced User Interface Design  3.0 
CISC 426  RealTime Systems  3.0 
CISC 432  Advanced Data Management Systems  3.0 
CISC 434  Distributed Systems  3.0 
CISC 437  Performance Analysis  3.0 
CISC 448  3.0  
CISC 452  Neural and Genetic Computing  3.0 
CISC 453  Topics in Artificial Intelligence  3.0 
CISC 454  Graphics (A)  3.0 
CISC 458  Programming Language Processors (S)  3.0 
CISC 486  Game Development  3.0 
ELEC 470  Computer System Architecture  3.50 