Spotlight on an Online Education: American Sentinel University and their Game Programming Bachelors Degree


Are you serious about your desire to work in the video game industry? Is a bachlors degree something that you have given some thought to? But, is the expense or the time something of a factor?

If you are fresh out of high school, still in high school, or an adult in a career looking to make a change into the game industry you may want to take a look at the Game Programming degree curriculum at American Sentinel University.

In a Nutshell

They have a Bacehlors of Science degree curriculum that is specifically tailored to people wanting to work in the Video game Industry. The curriculum gives you a solid basic core curriculum in Computer Science then gives you a nice variety of credits in various game related areas.

And, one of the best things about this program is that it is online based which gives you a lot of flexibility and saves you a lot of money.

About the Curriculum

I have taken a very close look at their curriculum and here are my thoughts. The core curriculum is standardized for a bachelors degree with a slant toward computer science. You get your basic science, math, humanities, and behavioral and social sciences classes. This all gives you the basic groundwork for a solid Bachelors degree. Then the curriculum gets intensive and focused on Computer Science and Game Progeramming. You get all the necessary courses in computer science like software engineering and operating systems and you get a great core of classes that are specific to game programming. These include:

  • Introduction to Game Design
  • Introduction to Game Programming
  • Computer Graphics Programming
  • Artificial Intelligence for Gaming
  • Advanced Computer Graphics Programming

Now, those classes give you a great understanding of Game Programming in its variety of forms. And by taking these classes you will get a good understanding of where in the game industry you would like to focus. Then you take your upper division electives. It is with these that you can start to specialize within the game industry. And ASU has a bunch of great classes like:

  • Programming in C#
  • Java Script
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Information Systems Project Management
  • Concepts of Java
  • Windows Programming using Visual Basic
  • Advanced Visual Basic

Overall What does this Degree Program Give you?

Obviously the first thing it gives you is a Bachelors Degree which is great. And it gives you your degree with a good basic understanding of Computer Science. It then goes on to give you a good core set of classes in Game Programming. And finally it gives you the ability to choose within the realm of game programming which areas you are most interested. You see? It gives you a well rounded look at the variety of offerings in the industry and a chance to get a more in-depth understanding of the specific area you like.


A Word from American Sentinel University

American Sentinel University offers accredited, affordable and convenient online degree programs to help you advance your career. Their online degree programs and student support services are designed especially for busy, working professionals who need maximum flexibility while balancing family, work and school.

One-on-one attention plus a flexible study format are especially valued by its students.  There are no set class times or difficult-to-schedule group projects.  Students can study whenever and wherever possible.  Classes also begin monthly and bi-monthly depending on the program.  With one of the lowest tuition rates among online schools, American Sentinel also provides extensive benefits and scholarships to military members and their spouses.

Since 1998, experienced professionals and non-traditional students have looked to us to achieve academically and fulfill their personal goals. Student satisfaction is over 90 percent across all our programs.

Learning More about ASU

You can learn more about the program here: ASU Game Programming

What about the expense? You can learn about the cost of the curriculum and abou the benefits of a degree from ASU as compared to the cost of a degree from other institutions here: An Education You Can Afford



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