CIT, Simulation and Game Design, Associate of Applied Science

Program Information

Are you a dreamer of worlds? Have you always been as interested in playing the game as you are interested in knowing how it was created? If so, a rewarding career in gaming may be in your future. At San Jacinto College, we teach the latest in game design and programming, simulation, level design, engine development, tool building, and multimedia programming. You’ll get your hands on the latest design applications and game engines, including multi-player and multimedia audio and video tools. Are you up to the challenge?

San Jacinto College’s Simulation and Gaming Technology program:

  • Is designed for students who are interested in advanced programming areas, such as simulations, game design, game programming, level design, engine development tool building, and multimedia programming;
  • Includes in-depth hands-on training with industry standard applications and game engines, as well as multi-player and multimedia (including audio and video) programming, and two-semester project classes where students design and implement their own games or simulations; and
  • Offers a simulation and game programming certificate program so students can enhance their training beyond the basic application programming certificate or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.

Additional Information

Students must apply for admission to this program by contacting the Department Chair and verifying that they have the appropriate interest and drive to succeed in completing this program’s certificate requirements.

Career Opportunities

The Computer Simulation and Gaming Program prepares students for careers as:

  • Entry level programmers,
  • Game programmers,
  • Level designers,
  • Assistant game designers,
  • Game engine programmers, and
  • Software testers.

Earning Potential

Web developer: $71,3101 per year

For more information, students may contact North campus, 281-998-6150, x7242; or South campus, 281-998-6150, x3502.


North Campus
South Campus


The Computer Information Technology program is designed primarily for students seeking an Occupational Certificate, Certificate of Technology, or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Students can expect to complete most CIT certificates in three semesters and AAS degrees in as few as four semesters. For those students who have already fulfilled general education requirements, it may be possible to finish degree course work even sooner. It is generally recommended that students complete the 21 semester credit hour Computer Information Technology (CIT) foundations Occupational Certificate before continuing into a Certificate of Technology or AAS degree. Most courses in this Occupational Certificate will apply toward the other CIT certificates and AAS degrees.

The CIT curriculum provides the graduate with the knowledge and in-demand applied technical skills needed to enter computer-related occupations in the business/industry job market. Certificates and AAS degrees are available in the following areas: Applications Programming, Desktop Support and Network Administration, Information Technology Cyber Security, Simulation and Game Design, Network Administration Cisco, and Web Applications Development.

  • The Applications Programming Specialty is for students interested in developing computer programs (designing, coding, testing, and debugging), both stand-alone and web-based, in languages such as C++ and Java as well as gaining skills in the use of Python and SQL. Electives may include courses in C#, Game Design, JavaScript, and mobile app programming. Emphasis is placed on applying the techniques and procedures learned in providing software solutions for both business-related and practical computer problems that are robust, error-free, and easy to use.
  • In Desktop Support and Microsoft Network Administration, a student can choose between a track with emphasis on computer hardware (installing, maintaining, repairing, and upgrading) and software support (installing and configuring) or one with focus on installing, configuring, and maintaining computer networks. This program of study prepares students for CompTIA’s A+ and Network+ exams as well as other widely recognized industry certifications. Support and network graduates are invaluable in keeping businesses running smoothly.
  • The Simulation and Game Design program is designed for students who are interested in advanced programming areas, as in simulations, game programming, program testing, or multimedia programming.
  • In the Network Administration Cisco Specialty, emphasis is on the design, implementation, and administration of local and wide-area router networks.
  • The Web Applications Development program prepares students for entry-level positions in website design, web-based applications development, and website administration.
  • The CIT Industry Certification program is intended for students with industry experience in one or more of the following areas of study: beginning network administration, Cisco, and advanced information technology security. These certificates enable students to supplement their current job skills and obtain industry certifications, if desired. Each industry certificate consists of only the courses required to obtain a specific certification.

Note for transfer students: Due to variations in requirements at four-year colleges and universities, students desiring a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science are strongly advised to consult a CIT Department Chair at San Jacinto College and at the institution to which they wish to transfer. This communication regarding transfer degree plans with both computer department heads will help to ensure the transition process is as smooth as possible. 

Plan of Study

North and South campuses

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
GAME 1303 Introduction to Game Design and Development 3
ITSC 1319 Internet/Web Page Development 3
ITSE 1329
Programming Logic and Design
or Programming Fundamentals I
Select one of the following:  
MATH 1332
Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning)
or College Algebra
Life and Physical Sciences (Natural Science)
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
Second Term
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to C++ Programming  
Programming Fundamentals II  
3-D Modeling and Rendering  
GAME 2332 Project Development I 3
IMED 1341 Interface Design with Photoshop 3
GAME 1304 Level Design 3
ITSE 1359 Introduction to Scripting Languages 3
Third Term
Select one of the following: 3
Advanced C++ Programming  
Programming Fundamentals III  
3-D Animation I  
ITSE 1333 Mobile Applications Development 3
ITSE 2313
Web Authoring
or Java Programming
GAME 2341 Game Scripting 3
Speech 3
Fourth Term
GAME 1343
Game and Simulation Programming I
or 3-D Animation II
GAME 2359 Game & Simulation Group Project 3
INEW 2340 Object-Oriented Design - Game Design 3
Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Total Credits60

Capstone Experience: GAME 2359 Game & Simulation Group Project

**Students must be Texas Success Initiative (TSI) complete in order to graduate: MATH Level 8.