Computational and applied mathematics encompasses a broad spectrum of mathematical fields and computational methods, including:
Graduates with degrees in computational and applied mathematics are in demand in industry, government research laboratories, and academia, where they often join with physical and biological scientists, engineers, and computer scientists to form teams. Such interdisciplinary teams represent the modern approach to dealing with complex problems whose solutions require mathematical and scientific skills.
In the undergraduate program, students learn to apply the advanced techniques needed to model and analyze complex physical systems. The curriculum provides a sound grounding in underlying mathematical theory, emphasizes a variety of useful mathematical techniques, and helps students develop proficiency in using computers and computational methods.
Graduate study in computational and applied mathematics pursues the components of the undergraduate curriculum in greater breadth and depth. The graduate programs are open to qualified students seeking either professional or research degrees who hold bachelor's or master's degrees in engineering, mathematics, or the physical, biological, mathematical, or behavioral sciences.
In recent years, modern science and engineering have begun to rely increasingly on advanced computational methods as an aid to research, development, and design. Since the practitioners of these methods use the newest and most powerful computers, they must have a knowledge of parallel and vector capabilities, visualization techniques, networking, and programming environments. They must be trained in the use of a variety of new algorithms and analytic techniques developed to utilize the power of advanced computational tools.
To address this need, the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics, in conjunction with the departments of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Geology and Geophysics, Computer Science, Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Statistics, has established an advanced degree program called Computational Science and Engineering (CS&E). This program focuses on modern computational techniques and provides training and expertise in this area. The CS&E program has two degree tracks, one leading to a professional master's degree and the other to a Ph.D.