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About Computational Science

About the Computational Science Program

Computational science is considered the "third branch" of science. It combines experimental and theoretical.

Combines modeling and programming to test hypotheses (computer simulation) and is commonly performed prior to actual lab experiments.

A student can combine the program with many areas, such as:

  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Math
  • Sociology
  • Psychology

The program is a great preparation for graduate school. Students wanting to work in this field need to plan to attend graduate school.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the major, a student will have:

  • A strong understanding of the three broad areas that comprise computational science:
    • Data processing and analysis
    • Algorithmic design, analysis and implementation
    • Mathematical modeling and analysis
  • The ability to work independently to effectively describe a problem within a computational science framework, and create and implement a plan to solve the problem.
  • An understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of computational science, and being able to solve, computationally, problems in a chosen related major/minor discipline.
  • An understanding and appreciation of the historical development of computation and the role of computational science in modern applications within data-dependent disciplines.

Career Outcomes

  • Computational modeling
  • Research scientist
  • Bioinformatics
  • Engineering
  • Financial industry
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