Game & Simulation Programming

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
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About this program

Whether you dream of launching the next epic video game or hope to make a difference with life-saving simulation programming, your path to a career in the field starts at Penn College. Specialized gaming and simulation design and programming coursework paves the way for a future in this thriving market that spans from commerce and entertainment to training and healthcare.

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

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Specialized Computer Labs

Develop Technical Plus Teamwork Skills

96%

Students Employed Within 3-6 Months After Graduation

Careers

  • Simulation developer
  • Computer game programmer 
  • Software application developer 
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Introduction to Programming (CIT160)
  • Introduction to Gaming and Simulation (CSC132)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • Interactive 3D Modeling (CSC142)
  • Networking I (EET145)
  • Programming II (CIT260)
  • Introduction to Database (CIT180)
  • Game and Simulation Design Principles I (CIT224)
  • Data Structures and Algorithms (CIT360)
  • System Analysis I (CIT246)
  • Secure Database Development (CIT281)
  • Discrete Structures in Computer Applications (CIT243)
  • Game Programming (CIT216)
  • Introduction to UNIX/Linux (CIT240)
  • Game and Simulation Design Principles II (CIT324)
  • Fundamentals of Information Security (CIT230)
  • Game and Simulation Seminar (CIT444)
  • Principles of Management (MGT115)
  • Computer Simulation Applications (CIT412)
  • Programming for Mobile Devices (CIT382)
  • Web Systems and Technologies (CIT351)
  • Gaming and Simulation Capstone (CIT419)
  • Operating Systems Concepts I (CIT344)
  • Advanced Topics in Computer Simulation and Game (CIT414)
  • Management of Organizational Behavior (MGT410)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • General Psychology (PSY111)
  • Science Elective (SCI)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)
  • College Physics I (PHS115) or
  • General Physics I (PHS201)
  • Directed Gaming and Simulation Programming Elective (BSP)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Introduction to Gaming and Simulation (CSC132)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Math Elective (MTH180 or Higher) (MTD)
  • Interactive 3D Modeling (CSC142)
  • Math Elective (MTH182 or Higher) (MTC)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
  • Linear Algebra (MTH255)
  • Statistics for STEM Fields with Computer Applications (MTH161)

What's the difference between Information Technology and Computer Science?

Computer science is more theoretical, with increased math requirements. Many tend to focus on programming or cutting-edge computing, like artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

IT is focused on supporting the user. It is more people-focused, making the tools of computing accessible to fit the needs of people and organizations, as well as creating computing tools and systems to meet the user's needs.

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Information Technology

Get a glimpse inside the labs where future IT professionals learn how to install, configure, and maintain computing systems. Meet Dr. Sandra Gorka, Associate Professor of Computer Science. And check out everything from gaming and simulation spaces to the hands-on labs decided to cyber security, networking, database management, and Linux systems.

Game & Simulation Labs
Facilities

Game & Simulation Labs

Apply theory to the real thing in our specialized IT labs. Here, you’ll have access to both physical and virtual labs designed for networking, IT security, operating systems, and gaming. Apply the principles of ethical hacking, intrusion detection, and digital forensics in both physical and virtual environments. Labs also allow students to create 3D models, investigate hypervisors, build networks from bare metal to full production, and simulate a host of applications and network configurations.

Student Experience

"I’m quite thankful for Penn College. The best part was that we did things that were hands-on and relevant to what we could be doing in the field. I got the skills to do what I need to do and the knowledge to keep up with the new technology that comes out."

Steven Fantaske, Unreal Engine 4, Virtual Reality Developer

National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)

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Women In STEM

What does it take to succeed in a STEM career? Curiosity. Critical thinking. A can-do spirit. And an educational experience that meets your passion head-on. Here, you’ll meet a community of innovators. Future pioneers who are learning by doing. Breathing new life into old concepts. Testing theories. And breaking barriers. Because the more you explore, the more you grow. And the bigger difference you can make.

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Jan 28

Open House

Friday, January 288:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Feb 5

Open House

Saturday, February 58:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Feb 25

Open House

Friday, February 258:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 19

Open House

Saturday, March 198:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 3

Open House

Sunday, April 38:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 22

Open House

Friday, April 228:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Game Development Club of Penn College

Game Development Club of Penn College

The Game Development Club is a platform to share lessons, news, updates, and discussions on the game development industry. The club encourages and assists students in the creation of individual and class-based game development and promotes professional development. 

Gamers’ Guild

Gamers’ Guild

Gamers' Guild is devoted to the continued enjoyment of classic games ranging from pen and paper RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons to classic console games, such as Nintendo and other major game producers.  

Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Internship

Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Gaming student mentors teen

Gaming student mentors teen

The gaming and simulation lab hosted WBRE-TV’s monthly segment that showcases children seeking a permanent family. James Temoshenko, shares his expertise with 13-year-old Mitchell. 

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More Information

Students must complete all required courses in the Game and Simulation Programming major (those with the alpha-designators BWM, CIT, EET, IAS, LAS, MIS, and MTH) with a grade of “C” or higher.

Students seeking entrance through transfer into Game and Simulation Programming major should strive to take courses at their respective institutions that provide competency in the following areas: pre-calculus; programming (two semesters minimum - same language preferred); database; system analysis; and networking. Students transferring from institutions that have articulation agreements with Penn College should seek advisement from their respective institutions.

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A laptop/notebook computer is required for enrollment in all Information Technology majors including the Game and Simulation Programming major. Laptop specifications

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store and Penn State Computer Store .

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

  • Mr. James R Ankers, CISSP, CISA, IT Specialist (INFOSEC), United States Navy
  • Mr. Daniel J Clarke, '07, Senior Solutions Architect, Arraya Solutions
  • Mr. Peter Codispoti, '73, Senior Systems Analyst, Furniture Division, Brodart
  • Dr. Todd W Griffith, Chief Technology Officer, Discovery Machine Corporation
  • Mr. Brandon J Howe, '01, Sr. IT Analyst, Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
  • Dr. Karl M Kapp, Assistant Director, Institute for Interactive Technologies, Bloomsburg University
  • Dr. Krish Pillai, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Lock Haven University
  • Mr. Mark J Watson, '85, Administrative Director, Corporate Information Technology, Susquehanna Health
  • Mr. Benjamin Wright, Attorney, Instructor, SANS Institute