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Game & Application Development (BS)

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Why study game & application development?

Enter the exciting & expanding field of Game Application & Development. USF’s new degree program will give you the skills and experience needed to launch a career as a game and/or software developer, skilled in:

  • Game Programming
  • Multi-user network design
  • Database interaction
  • User Interface Design
  • Software Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence and more

What You’ll Learn

The support from faculty is great. They give us one-on-one attention and are always available for extra help if we need it. Each of the professors has an area of expertise —like game and app development or web programming —and they work in the industry.

Lauren Gill ‘19
Game Application & Development student

The curriculum incorporates technical knowledge, hands-on experience, and professional business acumen. Courses include:

  • Game Engine Programming
  • Game Theory
  • Game Development
  • User Interface
  • Networking
  • Web Programming, and more

Get the Skills Employers Want

You’ll graduate proficient in Unity 3D Pro, the software used in the Gaming industry. In addition, you’ll know how to write the events that create a game’s movement, giving you a competitive edge in the job market.

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How You’ll Learn

From Professional and Dedicated Faculty

You’ll be taught by professionals who have expertise in game development, application development, web programming, and more. They will teach you, mentor you, and connect you to opportunities.

From Each Other

You can cross disciplines and work with Animation and Music Technology students on gaming projects. Their skills combined with yours will enable you build a multi-user game, complete with music, animation, and storage capacity.

In our Dedicated Computer Lab

This stand-alone lab features updated equipment and software, including Microsoft Visual Studio, Unity 3D Pro, HTC Vive Virtual Reality headset, and Windows and Linux operating systems.

Real-World Opportunities


GAD students intern at a variety of business. A few recent examples:

  • Do it Best Corporation
  • Parkview Health Systems
  • Aptera
  • Reusser Design


Each year, GAD students and Animation students are given the chance to attend Blizzard Entertainment’s annual gaming conference on the west coast.

Career Outlook & Success


Expected job growth for software developers by 2026


Median pay (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Academic Plan

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