A minor consisting of 24 credit hours is available in Computational Science. The new discipline of computational science has emerged primarily over the past decade as a third methodology for carrying out scientific investigations, alongside the traditional approaches of theory and experiment.
Computational science combines the application of numerical methods, mathematical models, and computer algorithms, with knowledge in a particular discipline to study problems that are intractable or difficult to study using conventional approaches. Examples include the study of stock market collapses, the evolution of interstellar galaxies, and the molecular-level properties of nanomaterials.
Computational science seeks to gain insight through the development and implementation of mathematical models of phenomena by means of their computer simulation. Visualization of the results of such simulations is a key ingredient in the methodology. This minor may be combined with any of the university's science degree programs. Students with this minor can expect to enhance their opportunities in the marketplace. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in the following courses is required to successfully complete this minor program.