Academia is a great place to get started on the path to a game development career. The fact that game development combines several aspects of education (programming, mathematics, writing, artistry, communication...) lends itself to a lot of variety in the approach during one's learning years.
Questions about the applicability of specific coursework, or about what kinds of education you may want to consider looking into, fall under the purview of this tag. Please avoid questions like "Which college should I attend?" and focus instead on the subject matter that you should study.