Simulation Science is the field of 3-D virtual reality (VR) -- also referred to as mixed reality or augmented reality -- and it’s growing exponentially. Total revenues in the video game industry topped $23.5 billion in 2015 and Microsoft projects that 80 million personal VR devices will be purchased by 2020, which means Embry-Riddle graduates will be in high demand to produce content for these users. VR is changing the way the world operates.
In addition to video game design and animation, graduates in the Bachelor of Science in Simulation Science, Games and Animation can expect to find careers in fields where there is a need for safe and controlled training, modeling, education, and response scenarios. Simulation is increasingly used in engineering, finance/economics, science, healthcare, first-responders, military, and law enforcement. For example, Boeing is using simulation science in training for aircraft simulation and also in 3-D aircraft engineering VR design. The Department of Defense has an entire department dedicated to modeling and simulation.
Job prospects for graduates are very strong. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates “employment of software developers is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.” Top employers include Microsoft, Sony, Disney, Boeing, U.S. Government, and Oculus.
“Embry-Riddle strives to get its students to the forefront of technology and exploration. We are designing and delivering this new degree program to do just that,” said Paul Hriljac, Mathematics faculty and chair of the program. “New discoveries and industries are emerging in areas such as virtual reality, computer games and data visualization. This degree program is designed for students pursuing careers in these new worlds.”
This is a technical, multidisciplinary degree where students can expect to design and build virtual worlds using applied mathematics and technologies such as computer-aided design (CAD) systems, aviation simulators, animation software and video. A new specialized lab facility will be dedicated to this degree.
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