TU Adds New Computer Simulation & Gaming Major

GamingThe University of Tulsa Tandy School of Computer Science has created a bachelor of science degree in computer simulation and gaming to begin in the fall of 2015.

The new major features design components used in the country’s top 10 simulation and gaming degree programs. The option includes a core computer science focus and set of professional courses aimed at exposing students to other academic areas relevant to simulation and game development.

“The computer simulation and gaming industry is growing locally and nationally,” said Roger Mailler, associate professor of computer science. “Within the Tulsa area, there are three game companies and nine others that develop simulation technology for commercial and military entities. We’re excited to extend our curricula to meet the demands of such a booming, niche industry.”

Mailler said potential simulation and gaming students must learn specialized skills that cross current academic boundaries. Developers are tasked with considering a game’s overall user experience, which includes graphic art, music and sound effects, plot and storyline, as well as custom simulation hardware and software.

Tuesday with Tulsa: A look into a new block course

lauraToday’s Tuesday with Tulsa guest blog post was written by Dr. Laura Stevens, Associate Professor of English at TU.

I have taught at the University of Tulsa for fifteen years, and during that decade-and-a-half my teaching has almost never moved past the year 1800. Next semester, though, I have decided to take the plunge into more contemporary material, with a Block I class titled “Beyond Bella: Twenty-First-Century Girls’ Adventure.”twilight

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Spicing It Up a Bit!

One of the things that I feel is really great during college, but especially TU, is the fact you choose what you want to study. I’m an education major but this semester I have a huge variety of classes which are mostly mandatory to fulfill other requirements but it is spicing up the typical classes I took last semester. For example I’m taking geology which I have not studied since sixth grade so that is interesting! I’m also taking a class that is based on Wagner’s ring. I literally had no idea what that was about when I signed up for it so in case you were wondering it is about four operas which deals with a ring that was forged when a dwarf renounces love and that ring controls everything. Also, one of the goddesses was traded to the giants in return for building a fortress and that goddess happens to be the only one that can tend to the apples that keep the gods youthful and powerful. Anyway it is definitely an interesting  semester with a lot of variety which is nice especially because I’ve met a ton of new people! Tulsa Time is coming up so I’m sure all of you reading will hear more about that! Hopefully we’ll see a ton of you on campus soon!