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Modeling & Simulation (Minor)

Degree Level: Undergraduate
College: Engineering & Technology
Department: Modeling, Simulation & Visualization Engineering
Degree Earned: Minor
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What is Modeling and Simulation Engineering?

Modeling and Simulation Engineering is taking a concept, design or hypothesis and testing it in real-world conditions through:

  • Graphical and Mathematical Models
  • Virtual Reality SimulationsSerious Gaming
  • Computer Programming
  • 3-D Printed Models
  • Statistical Analysis

The Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Department

The MSVE Department is located on the first floor of the E. V. Williams Engineering and Computational Sciences Building on the Old Dominion University Norfolk Campus. In addition to the department and faculty offices, this facility also houses several instructional and research laboratories, a virtual reality theater, and a four-walled C.A.V.E. (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment). A significant resource to the department is the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center located adjacent to the University's Tri-Cities Higher Education Center in Suffolk, Virginia. VMASC occupies a two-story 60,000 square foot building designed to support state-of-the-art research in modeling, simulation and visualization. Some of the center's facilities are used in the department's educational programs; in addition, VMASC researchers teach courses and mentor students in the department's academic programs.

Related Experiences

  • Faculty Research Opportunities
  • When available, students may have the opportunity to join department faculty on research opportunities and projects.


Modeling and simulation engineering job opportunities include:

  • 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; and,
  • Enhancing and improving complex social networks.

Classes & Requirements

Students can minor in modeling and simulation at Old Dominion University. An undergraduate minor in modeling and simulation may be obtained by successful completion of 12 or more credit hours of approved engineering and computer science course work at the 300 or 400 level. When appropriate, other course work can be developed in consultation with the chief departmental advisor.

The MSVE Department offers two tracks within the modeling and simulation minor: the simulation application track, and the simulation development track.

Current scientists and engineers have limited knowledge of how to effectively apply modeling and simulation within their disciplines. Often existing computer tools are not capable of studying new systems with adequate fidelity as they were designed for known systems or they cannot scale in size. Therefore, students should understand basic modeling and simulation techniques to allow them to go beyond the capabilities of existing tools. 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. 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.

Computer Science and Computer Engineering students looking to develop skills in discrete event simulation development will benefit from the simulation development track. This track focuses on the software development of simulations rather than the use of simulation tools. This can lead them into gaming software development, animation, and large scale simulation development. These students already have the prerequisite math and programming.


Next Steps & Admission

To enter the program, students must have completed calculus and one college-level computer-programming course (CS 150 or equivalent).

To declare your minor in modeling and simulation, please visit:

Mr. Trey Mayo
Academic Advisor and Program Manager
MSVE Department
Room 1200 - Engineering and Computational Sciences Building
(757) 683-5946

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