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What does PCAS offer?

Learning to use powerful computing, including programming, has significant economic benefit for LSA graduates. Most professionals in the world today will use computing, including programming. Professionals who know and use programming in their careers tend to have higher salaries than professionals in the same jobs who do not use programming.

PCAS courses support LSA graduates becoming conversational programmers. Conversational programmers understand the task of software development, know the language and specialty terms of programmers, and can facilitate communication between software developers and other parts of an organization. PCAS graduates will know how to analyze, critique, design, and invent with technology. They will be well-prepared to be technical managers, entrepreneurs, and designers, or to work between design and development groups within an organization.

Student Project Examples

The working applications below illustrate the concepts students learned in introductory PCAS courses. Most of the students had no prior programming experience. Students learned how to use computation to create pictures, sounds, videogames, and language, and wrote programs with a focus on purpose and meaning. 

The green flag starts the project from the beginning. 

The yellow pause button suspends running all scripts.

The red stop button stops all scripts. 

The white eye button links to the Snap project page website to display the program.

2 Shapes Collage

Caroline Powell, 2023

Project 1

Jamese Brown, 2023

Haunted House, Aural Scene


Subway, Aural Scene


Ash & Pikachu, Side Scroller Game


Potion Shuffle

Nicole Kuchta, 2023