COMS Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Component Hours Required
Core Courses 37
Electives 17
Directed Research 6
Dissertation 12

Core Courses: Total Credits (37 hours)

The computational science foundation courses are designed to take students from diverse majors and prepare them to successfully enter the computational science core. The computational science core is designed to give students a thorough grounding in the fundamental tools and methods necessary for a research career in computational science. The core courses are sequenced so as to prepare students to take the elective courses.

Foundation Courses: Total Credits (11 hours)

Course Title Credits
COMS 6100 Fundamentals of Computational Science 3
COMS 6500 Fundamentals ofScientific Computing 4
CSCI 6020 Data Abstraction and Programming Fundamentals 4

Computational Science Core: Total Credits (26 hours)

Course Title Credits
COMS 7100 Applied Computational Science 4
COMS 7300 Numerical Methods 4
COMS ???? Teaching Internship 3
COMS 7950 Research Seminar in Computational Science 2
CSCI 6050 Computer Systems Fundamentals 4
CSCI 6330 Parallel Processing Concepts 3
CSCI 7300 Scientific Visualization & Databases 3
MATH 7450 Mathematical Modeling I 3

Electives: Total Credits (17 hours)

Each student, in consultation with his/her advisor and committee, will select at least 15 hours of 6000/7000 credit within science departments. Three courses must be selected from the following list:

Course Title Credits
MATH 6260 Advanced Differential Equations II 3
MATH 6300 Optimization 3
MATH 7750 Mathematical Modeling II 3
STAT 7400 Computational Statistics 3
CHEM 7720 Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry  
CHEM 7400 Computational Chemistry I  
CHEM 7410 Computational Chemistry II  
PHYS 7400 Computational Physics I  
PHYS 7410 Computational Physics II  
BIOL 6450 Advances in Molecular Genetics  
BIOL 6366 Biostatistical Analysis  
BIOL 6390 Advanced Cell/Molecular Biology  
BIOL 6760 Bioinformatics  
BIOL 7400 Computational Biology I  
BIOL 7410 Computational Biology II  
CSCI 6100 Analysis of Algorithms 3
CSCI 6130 Selected Topics in Parallel Processing 3
CSCI 7350 Data Mining 3

Directed Research: Total Credits (6 hours)

Course Title Credits
COMS 7900 Directed Research* 1-6

*Students will enroll in this course prior to their advancement to candidacy.

Dissertation: Total Credits (12 hours)

Course Title Credits
COMS 7640 Dissertation Research* 1-6

*Students are only allowed to enroll in this course following successful completion of their preliminary exam and their advancement to candidacy.