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Digital Arts and Sciences (DAS)

Note: Below is information on the Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Arts and Science in the College of Engineering, not to be confused with the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of the Arts. While the realm of activity for both is in creative computing, the fundamental difference between the two is that the BS-DAS in Engineering is fundamentally a computer science degree, rooted in computer programming, and the BA-DAS in Arts involves utilizing software that has already been developed - no computer science training is required. For information on the BA-DAS in College of the Arts, visit the program website.

The Digital Arts and Sciences (DAS) degree is a specialized program which integrates engineering and design: a core computer science curriculum with special emphasis on human-centered computing. This consists of computer science, art, and design courses that are related to digital media, interaction, and communication.

The curriculum is designed to bridge the gap between "engineers" and "humans" - the skill set achieved provides the flexibility to focus on coursework in both computer science and design. This enables students to create software that is computationally complex, user friendly, and aesthetically pleasing.

The DAS program started in 2000, and has evolved to meet the demands of industry standards and student interests. Digital Arts and Sciences and Human Centered Computing are areas in computer science that have been receiving increased demand, and CISE provides many resources for career planning.

Curriculum: Degree information and tracking

History of the program: "Decade of Digital Arts and Sciences"

Article: "Next Generation Computer Science"

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Career possibilities

A portfolio is not required to apply; students will build their portfolio through coursework, internships, and personal projects.