Professor James L. Noyes, director
The methods of Computational Science (COSC) have been applied to problems such as aeronautical design, environmental improvement, neuroscience, pharmaceutical design, and weather forecasting. More recently, high performance computation, traditionally used in physics and chemistry, has been applied to biology, geology, environmental studies, and some of the social sciences. The development of COSC as an interdisciplinary field has had a profound effect on the way that basic and applied research in science, engineering, and industry are conducted. Less than ten years ago, these methods required very expensive supercomputers and specialized parallel programming techniques to be effective. Today, a large percentage of these applications can be done on workstations and personal computers. The Computational Science program facilitates an in-depth study of computational techniques and modeling approaches as they are applied to the sciences. The program is beneficial to students from any discipline that involves empirical approaches to gain an understanding of the world. This is especially true for students pursuing undergraduate research, including those students intending to pursue graduate studies in such disciplines.
Requirements for Minor in Computational Science
Nineteen to 26 semester hours are required for the Computational Science minor, in accordance with the following: Computer Science 150 (Introduction to Programming) or equivalent, either Mathematics 201 (Calculus I) or Mathematics 131 (Essentials of Calculus), Mathematics/Computer Science 260 (Computational Models and Methods), at least 8 semester hours in elective coursework from courses (listed below) containing a significant integrated COSC component, and a capstone project from a separate activity (0-4 semester hours), which substantially involves computational modeling and analysis and results in a formal product such as a written report and/or professional presentation. Note: Majors in Mathematics or Computer Science are required to have a laboratory experience in two courses that meet the Natural World goal (the General Education program requires only one.)
Required Courses (11-18 semester hours)
341. Limology. 5 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Chemistry 121 and 162.
342. Stream Ecology. 5 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Chemistry 121, 162, and Biology 341.
346. Ecology. 5 semester hours.
Prerequisites: One group 2, 3 or 4 Biology course and Math Placement 22.
347. Evolution. 4 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Two Biology courses in addition to 170 and 180.Chemistry
311. Physical Chemistry I. 5 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Chemistry 281, Mathematics 202 and Physics 218.
321. Inorganic Chemistry. 5 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Chemistry 281, Mathematics 202, and Physics 218.
352. Physical Chemistry II. 5 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Chemistry 311.
372. Biochemistry II. 5 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Chemistry 271, Mathematics 201 and Physics 200.Computer Science
Computer Science/Mathematics 320. Numerical Analysis. 4 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Mathematics 202, Mathematics 205, Computer Science 150.
Computer Science 350. Artifical Intelligence 4 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Mathematics 171 and 205, Computer Science 250.
Computer Science 370. Computer Graphics 4 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Computer Science 275.
Computer Science/Mathematics 380. Optimization
Prerequisites: Computer Science 150, Mathematics 201, Mathematics 205.Economics
300. Econometrics. 4 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Economics 190, Management 210 or its equivalent.
370. Mathematics for Economists. 4 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Economics 310, Mathematics 201 or Mathematics 131.Geology
220. Environmental Geology. 5 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Geology 150 or 110 and a score of 22 on Math Placement Exam.
240. Process Geomorphology. 5 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Geology 150, Geology 210 or permission of instructor.
400. Sedimentology. 5 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Geology 210, 300.Mathematics
Mathematics 205. Applied Matrix Algebra. 4 semester hours.
Prerequisite: Mathematics 201.
Mathematics 215. Differential Equations. 4 semester hours.
Prerequisite: Mathematics 202.
Mathematics 227. Data Analysis. 4 semester hours.
Prerequisite: a score of 25 on the Math Placement Exam.Physics
311. Classical Mechanics. 4 semester hours.
Prerequisite: Physics 220.
320. Computational Physics. 2 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Physics 220, Mathematics 202, Computer Science 150.
321. Signal Processing. 2 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Physics 218, Mathematics 202.
332. Electromagnetism. 4 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Physics 311, Mathematics 212.
410. Mathematical Physics. 4 semester hours.
Prerequisites: Physics 311, Mathematics 212, Mathematics 215.
411. Quantum Mechanics. 4 semester hours.
Prerequisite: Physics 311.