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Bachelor of Science in
Simulation Science, Games, and Animation

As part of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s College of Arts and Sciences, the Simulation Science, Games and Animation (SSGA) department’s mission is to advance knowledge through content creation, interdisciplinary research and development, and to equip students with an essential foundation in Simulation Science, Games and Animation. A diverse community of committed faculty is preparing students for excellence as future leaders in constructing interactive, immersive experiences that leverage emerging technology to improve the human experience and foster lifelong critical and design thinking skills.

The SSGA degree requires diligence in; game design, digital media, computer science, simulation, statistical modeling, spatial computing, software engineering and general education that merge into a coordinated, coherent major. The breadth and depth designated for areas of study provide a functional and whole degree experience.

The program consists of project-based production courses, where students design virtual worlds and user experiences requiring development in spatial computing and simulations using industry-standard applications and cutting-edge equipment. Example courses include Games Systems, Interactive Media, World Building, Multiplayer Systems, Game Engine Architecture, Artificial Intelligence, Mixed Reality, User Interface Design, Systems Simulation and Procedural Simulation.

Graduates of this program will be ready to work in a variety of industries from gaming to virtual training environments. Examples include building computer game software for Microsoft, designing virtual reality environments for The Boeing Company or working at the Department of Defense Modeling and Simulation Office or one of its contractors.

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About Simulation Science, Games, and Animation at the Prescott, AZ Campus

Embry-Riddle's new Simulation Science, Games and Animation Degree has been designed to provide students with a solid foundation in computer game technology and covers areas far and beyond just programming. With Embry-Riddle's unique strengths in aviation, engineering and intelligence, students receive a depth of knowledge unequaled in higher education.

Graduates of this programs can expect to find rewarding careers in game design, entertainment or software development, and they will also be positioned for careers in a vast array of other areas, such as military and intelligence communities, high-tech manufacturing or aviation. Recent graduates have been employed at Blizzard Entertainment, Mass Virtual, The Boeing Company, Forge FX Simulation, Win Reality, Super League and Police Training Simulations.

In 2012, the median annual wage for applications software developers was over $90,000 a year. The annual median wage for systems software developers was nearly $100,000 a year. Employment of software developers is projected to grow 22% by 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Embry-Riddle's expert instruction and guidance positions students for success in these roles after graduation.

The Simulation Science, Games and Animation degree offers a variety of STEM courses combined with aspects of art and design necessary to provide a first-rate education to students in this major.

With Embry-Riddle, you will be in the best possible position to succeed in a growing industry searching for quality, skilled professionals.

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124-125 Credits

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