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Why ODU for Modeling and Simulation Engineering?

Modeling and simulation engineering is taking a concept, design or hypothesis and testing it in real-world conditions through tools like:

  • Graphical and mathematical models
  • Virtual reality simulations
  • Serious gaming
  • Computer programming
  • 3D printed models
  • Statistical analysis

ODU offers two tracks in this minor: simulation development and simulation application.

The development track is a good fit for computer science and engineering students who want to gain skills in discrete event simulation development, with a focus on software development for simulations. This can lead to careers in gaming software development, animation, and large scale simulation development.

The application track is a good fit for electrical, computer, or mechanical engineering, mathematics, physics, and computer science students who want to study complex systems through the use of computer simulations. You'll learn the skills to go beyond the capabilities of existing computer simulation tools to model complex systems and study system behavior.

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Required Courses

  • 12 credit hours (four courses)

A minor can only be earned as part of an undergraduate program. Talk with an ODUOnline enrollment coordinator to determine if you have credits that will transfer.

Online Learning Environment

Participate in live, regularly scheduled online class meetings and access course materials online from any location. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Modeling & Simulation Engineering Careers

Modeling and simulation engineers assist with tasks such as:

  • Designing and manufacturing simulation-based team training systems for the medical field, military training and mission rehearsal
  • Designing and building computer games for education and entertainment
  • Analyzing land use and transportation system designs
  • Enhancing and improving complex social networks

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$352 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-State Students$389 per credit hour

Active duty military students may qualify for a discounted undergraduate tuition rate.

These tuition rates are effective Summer 2018 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

This minor can only be completed as part of an undergraduate degree from ODU. To declare this minor, follow the steps in this minor declaration form (PDF).

Already have college credits?

We offer a free transfer evaluation before you apply, so you'll know how your credits may transfer. Let us know which program you're interested in, and we'll contact you to get the process started.

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