Students developing virtual simulation using game design technology

Bachelor of Science in
Simulation Science, Games and Animation

Designed to provide a solid foundation in simulation science, game animation and world-building. This program prepares students for career paths that include game design, simulation science and software development.

Earn Your Degree in Game Design

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, game production 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.

Develop Software for Simulation Science

The SSGA degree requires diligence in:

  • Game design
  • Digital media
  • Computer science
  • Simulation
  • Statistical modeling
  • Spatial computing
  • Software engineering
  • Storytelling

These skills merge the curriculum into a coordinated, coherent major. The breadth and depth designated for areas of study provide a functional and integrated degree experience.

Specialize in 3D Animation & Programming

The program consists of project-based production courses, where students design virtual worlds and user experiences requiring team-based development in video games, spatial computing and simulations using industry-standard applications and cutting-edge equipment.

Example courses include:

  • Games Systems
  • Interactive Media
  • World Building
  • 3D Animation
  • Multiplayer Systems
  • Game Engine Architecture
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Mixed Reality
  • User Interface Design
  • Systems Simulation
  • Procedural Simulation
  • Data Visualization
  • Data Structures and Algorithms

Qualify for Careers in Film, Gaming & Simulation Industries

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.


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

A Degree for Game & Simulation Design

Embry-Riddle's 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 program can expect to find rewarding careers in game design, entertainment or software development. 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, Collins Aerospace, Raytheon, Forge FX Simulation, Win Reality, Super League, Police Training Simulations and Iridium Satellite Communications.


Career Outcomes for Graduates

In 2021, the median annual wage for software developers was over $109,000 per year. Employment of software developers is projected to grow 25% by 2031, much faster than the national 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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