The Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Graphics

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major advisor or view it and other current advising information at http://em.csuchico.edu/aap/ProgramSearch.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See "General Education Requirements" in the University Catalog and the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings. The course requirements marked below with an asterisk (*) may also be applied toward General Education.

Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See "Diversity Requirement" in the University Catalog. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.

U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals: 6 units

See "U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals" under "Bachelor's Degree Requirements". This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 130 and POLS 155 or approved equivalents. Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.

Literacy Requirement:

See "Mathematics and Writing Requirements" in the University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See the Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 67-69 units

Completion of the following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses, depending upon the selected option or advising pattern, are outlined following the major core program requirements.

Major Core Program: 30 units

10 courses required:

APCG 110 Computer-Assisted Art I 3.0 FS *
APCG 112 Digital Photography 3.0 FS
APCG 117 Concept Design and Storyboarding 3.0 FS
APCG 240 2-D Digital Animation 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: APCG 110.
APCG 330 3-D Computer Modeling 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: APCG 110.
APCG 331 3-D Character Modeling 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: APCG 330.
APCG 340 Computer Animation 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: APCG 330.
APCG 345 Advanced Animation Pre-Production and Story Development 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, APCG 117.
APCG 445 Advanced Animation Production 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: APCG 340, APCG 345.
APCG 545 Advanced Animation Post-Production 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: APCG 445.

Supplemental Program Requirements: 15 units

Select one of the following supplemental programs, Art Studio or Communication Design.

Art Studio Program: 15 units

2 courses required:

ARTS 125 Basic Drawing 3.0 FS
ARTS 126 Basic Drawing 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ARTS 125 or faculty permission.

1 course selected from:

ARTH 101 Art History Survey 3.0 FS *
ARTH 102 Art History Survey 3.0 FS *

1 course selected from:

ARTS 122 2D Design 3.0 FS
ARTS 123 3D Design 3.0 FS

1 course selected from:

One Art Studio course approved in advance by your APCG advisor.

Communication Design Program: 15 units

2 courses required:

CDES 103 Writing for Electronic Media 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 130.
CDES 141 Media Aesthetics 3.0 FS

3 courses selected from:

CDES 214 Computer Graphics 3.0 FS
CDES 216 Introduction to Digital Audio in Media 3.0 FS
CDES 222 Introduction to WWW Design and Publishing 3.0 FS
CDES 261 Foundations of Electronic Media 3.0 FS
CDES 314 Introduction to Multimedia Design and Development 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: Basic computer literacy, faculty permission.
CDES 322 Advanced WWW Design and Publishing 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CDES 222.
CDES 323 Human Interface Design 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: CDES 222.
CDES 333 Graphic Visualization 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CDES 230 for CDES majors. Other majors require instructor permission.
CDES 366 Field Video Production 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CDES 103, CDES 206, CDES 216; CDES 141, CDES 261 (both with a grade of C or higher).
CDES 414 Advanced Multimedia Design and Development 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: CDES 314.
CDES 466 Studio Video Production 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CDES 366.
CDES 468 Video Production Workshop 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: CDES 366.

Major Option Course Requirements: 22-24 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the option chosen. Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.

The Option in Production: 22-23 units

4 courses required:

APCG 389 Industry Internship 1.0 -3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

Note: APCG 389 must be taken for 3 units.

APCG 491 Portfolio 1.0 FS
Prerequisites: APCG 340.
APCG 499 Special Problems 1.0 -3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

Note: APCG 499 must be taken for 3 units.

CDES 303 Communication Criticism 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

1 course selected from:

CSCI 101 Introduction to Computer Science 3.0 FS
CSCI 111 Programming and Algorithms I 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: At least one year of high school algebra and strong computer skills or CSCI 101.

Applied Computer Graphics Electives: 9 units

3 courses selected from:

Note: Select a minimum of one upper-division course.

APCG 170 Video Game Design 3.0 FA
APCG 180 Scripting and Programming for Computer Graphics 3.0 SP
APCG 360 Web Page Design 3.0 FA
APCG 370 Video Game Development 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: APCG 170.
APCG 372 Level Design 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: APCG 170
APCG 420 Digital Lighting and Texturing 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: APCG 330.
APCG 422 Digital Compositing and Special Effects 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: APCG 240.
APCG 441 3-D Character Animation 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: APCG 340.
APCG 470 Video Game Production 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: APCG 370.
APCG 495 Advanced Production 3.0 FS
KINE 318 3-D Desktop Video Applications 3.0 FS
KINE 524 Biomechanical Analysis 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: KINE 322 and basic computer literacy.
THEA 112 Acting for Non-Majors 3.0 FS *
THEA 371 Lighting Design 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: THEA 121, THEA 170, THEA 250. Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in THEA 205 for lighting crew is required.

The Option in Technical: 24 units

4 courses required:

CSCI 111 Programming and Algorithms I 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: At least one year of high school algebra and strong computer skills or CSCI 101.
CSCI 211 Programming and Algorithms II 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: CSCI 111 with a grade of C- or higher or EECE 135.
CSCI 311 Algorithms and Data Structures 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: CSCI 211 with a grade of C- or higher; MATH 217 recommended.
CSCI 430 Software Engineering 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: CSCI 311, ENGL 130 (or its equivalent), both with a grade of C- or higher.

Applied Computer Graphics Electives: 9 units

3 courses selected from:

Note: Select a minimum of two upper-division courses.

APCG 170 Video Game Design 3.0 FA
APCG 180 Scripting and Programming for Computer Graphics 3.0 SP
APCG 360 Web Page Design 3.0 FA
APCG 370 Video Game Development 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: APCG 170.
APCG 372 Level Design 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: APCG 170
APCG 420 Digital Lighting and Texturing 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: APCG 330.
APCG 422 Digital Compositing and Special Effects 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: APCG 240.
APCG 441 3-D Character Animation 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: APCG 340.
APCG 470 Video Game Production 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: APCG 370.
APCG 495 Advanced Production 3.0 FS
CSCI 566 Computer Graphics Programming 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: CSCI 311 with a grade of C- or higher.
CSCI 567 Graphical User Interfaces 3.0 F2
Prerequisites: CSCI 311 with a grade of C- or higher.
CSCI 580 Artificial Intelligence 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: CSCI 311 with a grade of C- or higher.
KINE 318 3-D Desktop Video Applications 3.0 FS
KINE 524 Biomechanical Analysis 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: KINE 322 and basic computer literacy.
THEA 112 Acting for Non-Majors 3.0 FS *
THEA 371 Lighting Design 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: THEA 121, THEA 170, THEA 250. Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in THEA 205 for lighting crew is required.

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total University offerings. You should consult with an advisor regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your University experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

A grade of C- or higher is required in all Applied Computer Graphics courses required for the major.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate advisor for specific information.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It requires 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

The Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the University for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or academic competition. Such experience is valuable for graduate school and professional life. Your honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. All 6 units are honors classes (marked by a suffix of H), and at least 3 of these units are independent study (399H, 499H, 599H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.

2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements for your major carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.

3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.

4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.

5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.

6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major advisor to apply.

Honors in Applied Computer Graphics

In addition to the common requirements for the Honors in the Major program given above, the Honors in Applied Computer Graphics program includes the following:

1. You must be recommended by a faculty member.

2. Students who are admitted to the department's Honors in the Major program must complete 3 units of APCG 445H, CSCI 465H, CSCI 566H, or CSCI 567H, with a minimum grade of B. Unless other arrangements are made, the professor instructing the course you take becomes your faculty mentor. It is during this time that you must define a research problem or performance area and develop an Honors Research Project/Thesis proposal in preparation for work in APCG 499H. You must also maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in your senior year.

3. Each Honors in the Major class requires completion of the course plus an additional Honors project and culminates with a public presentation of your Honors project.