COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE

Robert A. Allen, Chair/Professor of Computer Science

Andrew J. Pounds, Director/Professor of Chemistry and Computer Science

Computational science is a new field, rapidly emerging out of collaborative research by teams of mathematicians, computer scientists, and scientists and covering a wide variety of disciplines from the physical, health, behavioral, and natural sciences. Rather than viewing computational science simply as potential applications of core subjects in their disciplines, mathematicians and computer scientists see these collaborative projects as a source of new algorithms and ideas that will extend and enrich those fields. Scientists also see computational science as a new endeavor, taking a place alongside theoretical science and experimental science as a fundamental new mode of scientific inquiry. Because computational science seeks to integrate knowledge and methodologies from all of these disciplines, it is a subject which is distinct from any of them. The B.S. in Computational Science draws heavily from the disciplines of computer science and applied mathematics, as well as the scientific discipline in which the student chooses to minor. The major and minor in Computational Science are offered by the Department of Computer Science.

Major in Computational Science 46 semester credit hours minimum • CSC 204. Programming I • CSC 205. Programming II • CSC 245. Data Structures and Algorithms • Twelve hours chosen from the following five courses, at least nine hours of which must be from 315 and above: • CSC 303. Topics in Computational Science • CSC 315. Introduction to Computer Graphics • CSC 335. Numerical Methods • CSC 415. Graphics Visualization and Simulation • CSC 435. High Performance Scientific Computing • CSC 499. Senior Research • An undergraduate research project in Computational Science, which must be completed in conjunction with a faculty member from another department or school. • MAT 191. Calculus I • MAT 192. Calculus II • STA 126. Introductory Statistics • Three courses chosen from the following seven: • MAT 225. Discrete Mathematics -or- MAT 260. Abstract Mathematics • MAT 293. Multivariable Calculus • MAT 330. Differential Equations • MAT 340. Linear Algebra • MAT 345. Advanced Mathematical Modeling • STA 227. Statistical Methods • STA 340. Applied Regression Analysis Majors must also complete either a second major or a minor in one of the sciences or social sciences. Suggested majors or minors include Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Chemical Commerce, Economics, Environmental Biology, Global Development Studies, Global Health Studies, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or the BSE in the School of Engineering. |

Minor in Computational Science 19 semester credit hours minimum To satisfy the science components in Computational Science, CPS minors must major in one of the following areas of study: Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Chemical Commerce, Economics, Global Development Studies, Global Health Studies, International Affairs, Neuroscience, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or the BSE in the School of Engineering. • CSC 204. Programming I • CSC 205. Programming II • CSC 245. Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis • A minimum of seven hours from the following. At least one hour must come from CSC 499. CSC 303 and CSC 499 may be taken once to satisfy credit for the minor. • CSC 303. Topics in Computational Science • CSC 315. Introduction to Computer Graphics • CSC 335. Numerical Methods • CSC 415. Graphics Simulation and Visualization • CSC 435. High Performance Scientific Computing • CSC 499. Undergraduate Research Disciplinary Research. When taking CSC 499, students must simultaneously enroll in a directed independent research course in their major area of study with the credit for both courses arranged via consultation with the respective faculty for the courses. The total credit for both courses may not exceed four hours. Possible courses include BIO 299/499, CHM 295/401/402, ECN 478, IGS 301/402/496, PHY 460, POL 295/496, PSY 490a/490b/495/496a/496b, SOC 405/495, or EGR 499. |