Simulation Science, Gaming & Animation: Design Your Future

Design Your Future

Where Can Embry-Riddle Take You?

Our faculty and administrators have crafted the new Simulation Science, Gaming & Animation degree program to give you diverse and multi-faceted skill sets to start your exciting and lucrative career path in this rapidly growing industry. 

Technology is becoming an increasingly ubiquitous part of every day life around the globe. From cell phones to computers, national and private security, entertainment to recreation, technology is revolutionizing the way we experience and interact with the world around us, and professionals with backgrounds in Simulation Science, Gaming & Animation are among the most sought after specialists across a multitude of industries in the world today. 

In 2012, the median annual wage for applications software developers was over $90,000 a year. The annual median wage for systems software developers was nearly $100,000 a year. Employment of software developers is projected to grow 22 percent by 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. 

Here are some of the incredible programmer career paths awaiting you after you graduate from Embry-Riddle's Simulation Science, Gaming * Animation Program.

Become a Programmer in...

User Interface

User Interface ProgrammerThe graphical menus in video games range from simple, two-button commands—“play” and “quit”—to complex series of menus with options. User interface programmers also build heads-up displays, which provide vital information to players. Collaborating with designers and artists, user interface programmers ensure that these systems are intuitive and straightforward.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence ProgrammerArtificial intelligence programmers dictate how computer-controlled opponents and allies react to a player’s actions. Artificial intelligence enables computer-controlled characters to respond realistically and strategically. Some video games, depending on the genre, require more complex artificial intelligence than others. 

Computer Graphics

Graphics ProgrammerGraphics programmers create tools that allow artists to bring their work to the screen. Using their knowledge of advanced mathematics, graphics programmers implement complex algorithms to produce 2D and 3D graphics. These programmers also work closely with artists to determine the best way to incorporate artwork into a game.

Network Maintenance and Security

Network ProgrammersMany video games are played online, allowing players across the globe to compete against or cooperate with one another. Network programmers write the code that enables this online play. They also develop security measures to prevent players from cheating.


Physics ProgrammerVideo games aren’t constrained by the real world, so physics programmers write the code for any natural laws, such as gravity, for a game should follow or ignore. Guided by the designers’ vision, physics programmers create rules that are either realistic or stylized. They also determine how the different objects in a game will interact, such as two cars colliding in a racing game, or how particle effects such as explosions and splashes appear in a game.


Tools ProgrammerTools programmers write code to automate some tasks, making game development easier for less technical team members. For example, tools programmers might write a program that simplifies the process of creating new levels or for importing art into the game. Tools differ from one game to another, based on designers’ needs.

Lead Programming

Lead ProgrammerLead programmers assign work to and develop schedules for the programming teams. Although they are skilled in writing code, lead programmers often spend most of their time on supervisory duties. They also meet frequently with the art, design, and production team leaders to address issues that arise during development.

Where Do You See Yourself? 

With a degree in Simulation Science, Gaming & Animation, you become a qualified candidate to work at a number of companies looking for skilled, experienced programmers. Here are just a few of the industry leaders in video game and computer technology our program can prepare you for: 

  • Virtual RealityFacebook
  • Oculus VR
  • BarcoView, LLC
  • General Dynamics
  • Apple Inc.
  • Google
  • Nintendo
  • Disney / Pixar
  • Samsung
  • Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Activision/Blizzard
  • Industrial Light & Magic
  • Microsoft
  • And many more!

Why wait? If you're interested in exploring this program and the opportunities available to you through Embry-Riddle, visit our Simulation Science, Gaming & Animation Degree Program and start your future today!


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