Interdisciplinary Degrees in Computational Science & Engineering
CSE Program Area:
Recognizing the increasing reliance of modern science and engineering on computation as an aid to research, development, and design, the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics, in conjunction with the Departments of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Earth Science, Computer Science, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Science and Engineering, and Statistics, has established an advanced degree program in computational science and engineering (CSE). The program focuses on modern computational techniques and provides a resource for training and expertise in this area.
The program is administered by a faculty committee chosen by the deans of engineering and natural sciences, with ultimate oversight by the provost. The Computational Science Committee (CSC) helps students design an appropriate course of study and sets the examination requirements.
Students may enter the CSE program either directly or indirectly through one of the participating departments (see list above). In all cases, however, students must fulfill the admissions requirements of 1 department, which is their associated department. Students then meet the normal requirements for graduate study within that department in every way (including teaching and other duties), except that the curriculum and examination requirements are set by the CSC.
This programís intent is to produce professional experts in scientific computing able to work as part of an interdisciplinary research team. Training is concentrated in state-of-the-art numerical methods, high-performance computer architectures, use of software development tools for parallel and vector computers, and the application of these techniques to at least 1 scientific or engineering area. For general university requirements, please refer to the Graduate Degree Section in the General Announcements.
For the MCSE degree, students must complete at least 30 semester hours of course work approved by the CSC; no more than 2 of the courses may be taken at the 300 level, taken outside the CSE program area, or satisfied by transfer credit. Each studentís program of study must meet the requirements listed below. Modification of requirements can be requested by petition.
Study at the doctoral level seeks to advance the field through original research. For general university requirements, please refer to the Graduate Degree Section in the General Announcements. For the PhD in computational science and engineering, students must:
- Complete a course of study approved by the CSC, including at least 2 courses outside the major area
- Perform satisfactorily on preliminary and qualifying examinations and reviews
- Produce an original thesis acceptable to the CSC
- Perform satisfactorily on a final public oral examination on the thesis