Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with an Emphasis in Game and Simulation Development

A computer science degree at GCU fuels the hunger for innovation in technology. It appeals to learners who embrace their desire to use the language of complex computing to develop precise solutions in information systems. Graduates of a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program are offered a foundational skill set that drives the creative application of software development.

The emphasis in game and simulation development provides scholars with a deep understanding of the design, development and production of computer gaming and application. Learners connect the theoretical concepts of computing and simulation with the creation of software applications.

Strong preparation is provided in several areas, including:
  • Graphic visualization
  • Game development
  • Computer modeling, and
  • Application-based simulation for science, entertainment and education
Scholars explore the foundations of business leaders and innovators of technology. The program instills critical thinking, real-world application and practical project experience. Learners are taught to embody professional and ethical practices that matter across the landscape of computing – through the lens of the Christian worldview.

Key Competencies
  • Visualization: Present content and entertainment through media and simulated behavior using computer graphics, user interface design and algorithms.
  • Game Design: Prototype and create experiences that tell a story through elements such as social interactions, aesthetics, level design and immersion.
  • Artificial Intelligence Implementation: The techniques and algorithms that model intelligent behavior of elements within a computer application.
  • Mobile Application Development: The use of SDKs and APIs designed specifically to develop applications for mobile and wireless devices.
Career Options for a Computer Science Graduate
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Networks specialist
  • Database manager
  • Programmer
  • Software engineer

Program SOC

Web Developers
Computer and Information Systems Managers
Computer and Information Research Scientists
Information Security Analysts
Computer Programmers
Software Developers, Applications
Software Developers, Systems Software
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Computer Network Support Specialists
Web Administrators
Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
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