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Modeling & Simulation (Minor)

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.

Modeling & Simulation (Minor)


Description


What is Modeling & Simulation at ODU like?

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


What makes Modeling & Simulation at ODU unique?

  • Faculty research opportunities

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

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

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

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.

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 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.

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.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Modeling & Simulation at ODU?

MSIM 441:
Computer Graphics and Visualization


The course provides a practical treatment of computer graphics and visualization with emphasis on modeling and simulation applications. It covers computer graphics fundamentals, visualization principles, and software architecture for visualization in modeling and simulation. Prerequisites: CS 250.

MSIM 205:
Discrete Event Simulation


THIS CLASS WILL MEET IN ECSB 1102.

MSIM 331:
Simulation Software Design


Introduction to data structures, algorithms, programming methodologies, and software architectures in support of computer simulation. Topics include lists, queues, sets, trees, searching, sorting, reusable code, and order of complexity. Simulation structures developed include event lists, time management, and queuing models. Software models are implemented and tested. Corequisite: MSIM 383. Prerequisites: MSIM 205, CS 330 and CS 381.

Requirements


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.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 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.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 374

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

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Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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