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.   

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Specialized Computer Labs

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Students Land Jobs Within 3-6 Months After Graduation

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Develop Technical Plus Teamwork Skills

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)
  • Math Elective (MTH180 or Higher) (MTD)
  • Interactive 3D Modeling (CSC142)
  • Networking I (EET145)
  • Programming II (CIT260)
  • Math Elective (MTH182 or Higher) (MTC)
  • 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)
  • Computer Simulation Applications (CIT412)
  • Programming for Mobile Devices (CIT382)
  • Web Systems and Technologies (CIT351)
  • Linear Algebra (MTH255)
  • Statistics for STEM Fields with Computer Applications (MTH161)
  • Gaming and Simulation Capstone (CIT419)
  • Operating Systems Concepts I (CIT344)
  • Advanced Topics in Computer Simulation and Game (CIT414)

​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.

  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Science Elective (SCI)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)
  • Directed Information Technology Security Specialist Elective (BSP)
  • Open Elective (OEA)
  • 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.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • General Psychology (PSY111)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
  • Principles of Management (MGT115)
  • College Physics I (PHS115) or
  • General Physics I (PHS201)
  • Management of Organizational Behavior (MGT410)
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)

Check out Steven's story

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

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 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

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

News
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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 in potentially life-changing encounter

Pennsylvania College of Technology facilitated “A Little Love” this month for a young technology fan available for adoption. The college’s gaming and simulation lab hosted WBRE-TV’s monthly segment that showcases children seeking a permanent family. Penn College information technology sciences-gaming and simulation student James C. Temoshenko, of Kane, 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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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.

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 .

  • 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
Contact

Admissions Counselor

Lee Dawson

SASC, Rm. 1082
800.367.9222 ext. 7308
ldawson@pct.edu