About this Program

This minor is a good fit for those who are majoring in computer science, physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and civil engineering at ODU. Students will learn how to formally model complex systems and then to use computer simulation to study the system behavior. Science and engineering students looking to improve their ability to study complex systems in their field through the use of computer simulations will benefit from the simulation application track as they already have the prerequisite math, science, and programming coursework. The development track focuses on the software development of simulations. The application track focuses on the use of simulation tools.

Program Highlights

  • Faculty research opportunities

  • Two tracks within the modeling and simulation minor: Simulation Application and Simulation Development

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Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Video Game Designers

$91,080 Median Salary

Design core features of video games. Specify innovative game and role-play mechanics, story lines, and character biographies. Create and maintain design documentation. Guide and collaborate with production staff to produce games as designed.

Computer Systems Analysts

$92,740 Median Salary

Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.

Software Developers, Applications

$106,710 Median Salary

Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.

Computer Programmers

$87,530 Median Salary

Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.


What are the requirements to apply for Modeling & Simulation at ODU?
Students entering the Minor program in Modeling & Simulation should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.

To enter the program, students must have completed calculus and one college-level computer-programming course (CS 150, ENGN 150 or equivalent)”. “An undergraduate minor in modeling and simulation may be obtained by successful completion of 12 or more credit hours of approved modeling and simulation engineering coursework at the 200-, 300-, and 400- level.” The chief departmental advisor for the Department of Computational Modeling and Simulation Engineering must approve the precise course of study in the minor.


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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

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