The Game and Simulation Programming degree exposes students to the core skills that allow graduates to design and create applications for a range of existing and emerging fields, such as commerce, entertainment, education, training, emergency management, recruitment, and health sciences. The curriculum is designed to give students a well rounded knowledge in gaming and simulation design and programming, as well as knowledge in mathematics, physics, sciences, IT security, networking, Web applications, databases, communication, and liberal arts.

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About the curriculum

This is the first, and only, program of its kind offered by a public college in Pennsylvania.


View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.

Special Purpose Labs

Our IT majors are supported by four special purpose computing labs (networking, IT security, GNU/Linux, and Mac OS), with advanced video cards and industry standard software packages. Our lab coordinator also maintains a Linux-based Apache Web server, an Oracle database server, and several GNU/Linux servers.

After Graduation

Career Opportunities

The Game and Simulation Programming major prepares students to be innovative, career-ready graduates who will be successful as: game/simulation developer and programmer; corporate learning programmer; mobile or Web application programmer; IT software engineer; software developer, and related positions. Acceptance into a graduate degree program is also a possibility.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for software developers, applications was $103,620 in May 2018. The top 10 percent earned more than $161,290.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Computer Systems Design and Related Services320,220$51.36$106,830
Software Publishers87,830$56.38$117,270
Management of Companies and Enterprises47,140$51.09$106,260
Other Information Services35,070$58.31$121,290
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services33,920$53.41$111,100

Statistics reported in May 2018

Internship Recommendation

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Performance Standards

Students must complete all required/major courses in the Game and Simulation Programming major with a grade of “C” or higher.

Transfer Procedures

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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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

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.

Clubs & Activities

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter

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Association of Professional Programmers (APP)

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Game Development Club of Penn College

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Information Technology Advisory Committee

  • 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
  • Mr. Jonah P Gregory, '03, Chief Technology Officer, Euro Optic LTD
  • Dr. Todd W Griffith, Chief Technology Officer, Discovery Machine Corporation
  • Mr. Daniel F Grim, Regional Director, Program Management, Johnson Controls
  • 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 at SANS Institute

Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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Contact information

Pennsylvania College of Technology
DIF 119

One College Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701