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In many scientific disciplines, direct computation has become the tool of
first choice for studying and simulating phenomena. Adequate preparation for
graduate study in the sciences now includes a background in computation.
Moreover, undergraduates seeking employment with corporations involved in
applying science often find themselves confronted with day-to-day use of
The minor in computational science provides
students an opportunity to distinguish themselves by augmenting their scientific
studies with a background in computation. Similarly, computer science and
mathematics students will be provided a new option to study scientific
applications of their fields. The computational science minor is highly
interdisciplinary, combining the study of computer science and mathematics with
the study of specific problems in the sciences and the computational methods
required for their solution. This minor is one of a handful in the U.S. at this
Science Minor (All
colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 34-39 credits, including
C-S 120, 220; CMP 390, 490; MTH 207; 208 or 305; one two-semester introductory
sequence in natural science (BIO, CHM, ESC or PHY;) two courses in natural
science (BIO, CHM, ESC, PHY) not from the same department as the preceding
sequence; one computational science advanced elective from the student’s
primary major department and one computational science advanced elective from
outside the primary major department.
390 Cr. 3
Survey of Computational Science
This course will survey the computational and mathematical tools and techniques currently being applied to problems in the sciences. Specific problems drawn from biology, chemistry, meteorology and physics will be explored in detail. Computational tools such as Mathematica, Explorer and PVM will be introduced and used to solve problems. In addition to small projects, students will be required to complete a larger project selected from their major discipline. Prerequisite:C-S 120, 220; and MTH 207. Offered occasionally.
490 Cr. 2-3
Senior Computational Science Project
This course is a capstone course for students pursuing a computational science minor. The student is expected to pursue a project that integrates a problem(s) from their major scientific discipline together with computation. Such work should demonstrate the student’s ability to apply the tools and techniques acquired from prerequisite study in science and computation. The work must be performed under the direction of a faculty member from the student’s major department. The student is also expected to submit a paper and an oral presentation on the project results to the computational science committee. Prerequisite: CMP 390, consent of project supervisor and project approval by the computational science committee.
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