Department of Labor statistics show the Computational Science is one of the fastest growing areas of employment.  The premise of Computational Science is that much of the current scientific research (particularly that done in industrial settings involving biotechnology, nuclear power and national security) is done by interdisciplinary teams.  For example, much of the current work on the human genome involves pattern matching.  To do this work effectively, there needs to be a team member with knowledge of genetics and a team member with knowledge of computational techniques including database management and pattern matching. While each member of the team is an expert in their field of study it is also important that each is sufficiently conversant with the disciplines of their team members to be able to function effectively in a team.

The Computational Science minor is designed to allow MICS students (Computer Science and Mathematics) to gain limited knowledge in one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics to be able to help scientists with the computational needs in their research.  In a similar way the minor is also designed to expose Biology, Chemistry and Physics majors to enough computational techniques to help them identify when a Mathematician or Computer Scientist could help with their research. The capstone of the minor requires students to complete an interdisciplinary team project which will involve pairing MICS students with science students to work on a joint project.

 

 

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