Computational and applied mathematics at Rice have the following core strengths in mathematics:
Graduates with degrees in computational and applied mathematics (CAAM) have had successful careers in industry, government research laboratories and academia, where they are often in leadership roles on interdisciplinary teams. With the surge in demand for experts in the field of data science, CAAM graduates will continue to excel in our complex, data-driven world.
The CAAM graduate program offers Ph.D. and professional master's (M.C.A.A.M.) degrees to qualified students who hold bachelor’s or master’s degrees in mathematics or engineering. Students perform research with CAAM faculty in several application areas such as earth science (energy, sustainability and hazards) and life sciences (mathematical biology, health care delivery). Graduates gain knowledge in understanding of physical phenomena and in making complex decisions. The CAAM department also offers a master's in computational science and engineering, jointly with three other departments in the George R. Brown School of Engineering.
In the CAAM 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 algorithms for data science. The program offers a bachelor's degree for CAAM majors. The undergraduate minor program gives students the opportunity to enrich their CAAM skills.