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Simulation science, games and animation degree to launch at the Prescott Campus

To prepare students for high-demand careers in virtual reality (VR), computer gaming, animation and aviation simulation, Embry-Riddle has launched a new Bachelor of Science degree in Simulation Science, Games and Animation at the Prescott Campus. This unique program — the only one in Arizona —is now accepting student applications for classes that begin in August.

More advanced than the introductory curriculum typically taught in vocational schools or online, the new bachelor’s degree takes a deeper dive to deliver a technical and multidisciplinary collegiate education. The coursework combines aspects of computer science, aeronautics, mathematics, physics, engineering, military science, security management and business for students interested in pursuing careers in VR, aviation simulation, computer-aided design systems, animation, computer games and more.

“We have built a compelling simulation program using the formidable strengths of our long-respected engineering and aviation expertise for a career path that is ripe with professional opportunity,” says Paul Hriljac, mathematics professor and chair of the new program at Embry-Riddle.

Graduates will have strong job prospects. Information technology jobs are among the fastest-growing field in the United States today. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the category most in demand nationally is software developers, with a 17 percent increase expected between 2014 and 2024.