Computer Simulation and Gaming

Whether you’re interested in working at one of the industry’s most successful AAA gaming companies or building flight simulators that train today’s elite pilots, The University of Tulsa’s computer simulation and gaming degree is a launching pad to your career.

Housed in the Tandy School of Computer Science in TU’s College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, the computer simulation and gaming degree plan is based on a core computer science curriculum mixed with courses in graphic art, music and sound engineering, 3D modeling, animation, production, creative writing and hardware programming. Small class sizes, easy access to faculty mentors and the freedom to customize a degree plan based on your specific interests are just a few of the many reasons why the Princeton Review named TU a top 50 program in the nation.

TU is a private research university located in mid-town Tulsa, Oklahoma. Nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report, it is among the 20 best small schools in the world (Times Higher Education) and has a return on investment rating of 90 percent (Princeton Review).

Students choose TU for its quality education grounded in academics, research and community engagement. After graduation, many decide to stay in Tulsa and join the city’s booming start-up industry or begin work at one of the area’s leading simulation companies. Tulsa is home to an impressive line-up of simulation corporations that serve commercial and federal clients worldwide such as American Airlines and the U.S. military.

Put your future front and center with a degree in computer simulation and gaming.

Program Features

Similar to their peers studying computer science or information technology, computer simulation and gaming majors are active in undergraduate research projects. Class sizes are small and foster an inspiring learning environment where students receive individual attention from TU’s well-respected computer science faculty. Professors are committed to providing their students with customized degree plans and helping young game developers obtain hands-on internships to launch their future careers. Students complete inter-disciplinary courses such as:

  • Film scoring in state-of-the art sound engineering labs in the School of Music
  • Video animation and graphic design in the School of Art
  • Plot and storyline writing in the Kendall College of Arts and Sciences
  • Programming, coding and software development in the Tandy School of Computer Science

In addition to interactive class time and research, the Tandy School of Computer Science hosts the annual Heartland Gaming Expo where high school and college students statewide participate in fun and challenging gaming-related competitions and exhibitions. An exclusive TU event, the expo highlights students’ skills and creativity while recruiting prospective students and employers. The Heartland Gaming Expo is held every spring. For more information, please visit

Professional Outlook

Earning a degree in computer simulation and gaming is an avenue by which young computer scientists and game developers can establish the credibility to join one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Within the Tulsa area alone, there are three game companies and nine additional firms that develop simulation technology for commercial and military entities. Statewide and globally, there are many career opportunities available within the gaming industry, and TU’s computer simulation and gaming degree prepares students for these exciting roles.