Earn Your Bachelor's in Computer Science Game and Simulation Development Emphasis
Simulation and gaming development are driving forces for business innovation. According to Statista, revenue from retail gaming in the United States between 2017 and 2021 was $4.45 billion as of May 2021.* You can become part of this dynamic trend by earning your Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with an Emphasis in Game and Simulation Development at Grand Canyon University. The skills you will learn during your studies are immediately applicable to multiple industry sectors, including entertainment, education and corporate training.
Offered by the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, this CS degree blends instructional coursework with hands-on, real-world applications.
As a computer science degree, the development of a game is only a marginal scope. The program focuses primarily on the science, algorithms, concepts and theory behind computer games and simulation of scientific phenomena and not on building a complete game or simulation.
It is an intensive survey that introduces students to graphic visualization, artificial intelligence, machine learning and human-computer interaction, and virtual reality. Students learn to conduct themselves as ethical professionals while deepening their understanding of 2D and 3D graphics, operating systems, information security and object-oriented programming.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with an Emphasis in Game and Simulation Development program is accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Gain In-Depth Computer Science Skills in Game Development
GCU is a welcoming Christian campus that encourages students to become innovators who make valuable contributions to their chosen career fields. As you work toward earning your CS degree, you will improve your critical thinking, communication and leadership skills. You will gain practical project experience that effectively prepares you to succeed in today’s competitive workforce. Examine the curriculum through the lens of the Christian perspective as you consider various ethical issues and questions of morality.
The BS in Computer Science with an Emphasis in Game and Simulation Development degree follows a rigorous curriculum that includes courses such as Digital Logic and Design, Game Design and Game Play, Operating Systems, Compiler Design, Information Security and Computer Graphics Lecture and Lab. Students will study a broad scope of topic areas, including the following:
- The creation of game storyboards, the design of game levels with increasing complexity and the representations of real-life phenomena and processes
- Professional conduct and communication, and professional ethics issues such as workplace etiquette, cyber-ethics, identity theft and ownership rights
- Artificial intelligence algorithms within a gaming context, including topics like path finding, learning and behavior selection
- An introduction to the process, production and publishing of games for mobile operating systems
- Mathematical modeling and simulation of scientific phenomena and business processes
The program also includes with a deep dive in natural sciences like Physics, Biology, Chemistry, with a solid foundation in Mathematics: Calculus, Linear Algebra, Discrete Math, and Statistics, at the College of Science, Engineering and Technology.
In addition, this simulation and game development degree requires students to complete two capstone courses. Students will work in teams to pursue real-world research and design projects, including virtual and augmented reality. The capstone experience enables students to demonstrate their accomplishments as members of the GCU learning community.
Become an Innovator with a BS in Computer Science: Game and Simulation Development Emphasis Degree
There is considerable career potential in the digital technologies field, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with an Emphasis in Game and Simulation Development degree may be applicable to a wide range of specific job titles. As a software developer you might work on a collaborative team that includes game designers and multimedia artists.
Put your 21st century skills and knowledge to work in a variety of settings. Software developers with a specialization in simulation and gaming development may pursue employment at video game production companies, private corporations and educational institutions.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook estimates job growth for software developers to increase by about 22% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than average, accounting for the addition of an estimated 316,000 jobs in the field.**
For more information on the ABET accreditation of computer science programs and other university licensures, please visit our University Accreditation and Regulations Page.
*Retrieved from Statista, “Video game industry - Statistics & Facts” in July 2021
**COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is based on 2019, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Software Developers, Quality Assurance Analysts, and Testers
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.