Computational Science is a modern interdisciplinary field that focuses on solving scientific problems computationally. It combines advanced methods and tools from applied mathematics and computer science to study real-world scientific problems, often by using computer simulations and modelling. Students interested in becoming computational scientists can start off on the right foot at Siena College.
Only a handful of colleges in the United States offer a major/minor in computational science at the undergraduate level.
Students acquire skills in the areas of programming, simulation and modelling, numerical methods and applied mathematics, computer visualization techniques, computational tools and applications to natural sciences and technical communication.
Access to the High-Performance Computing Cluster, allowing students to perform cutting-edge computational research.
The computational science program is highly interdisciplinary, combining mathematics, physics, computer science and applied computational techniques.
The presence of large nanotech and biotech companies in the Capital Region puts Siena’s graduates in an excellent position when looking for jobs, entering careers in industry or government labs or pursuing graduate studies.
Requirements for the Major (73 credits)
CSIS110 - Intro to Computer Science 3 credits
CSIS120 - Intro to Programming 4 credits
CSIS210 - Data Structures 3 credits
CSIS310 - Numerical Methods 3 credits
CSIS385 - Design+Analysis of Algorithm 3 credits
MATH110 - Calculus I 4 credits
MATH120 - Calculus II 4 credits
MATH210 - Calculus III 4 credits
MATH230 - Linear Algebra 3 credits
MATH240 - Intro to Computer Algebra 3 credits
MATH250 - Discrete Structures 4 credits
MATH380 - Differential Equations 3 credits
PHYS130 - General Physics I 4 credits
PHYS140 - General Physics II 4 credits
PHYS222 - Modern Physics 3 credits
PHYS250 - Intro to Computational Physics 3 credits
PHYS310 - Mechanics I 4 credits
PHYS350 - Simulation and Modeling 3 credits
SCDV230 - Electronic Instrumentation 4 credits
Students may choose two courses (6 credits) from the following:
CSIS225 - Object-Oriented Des and Prog 3 credits
CSIS380 - Computer Graphics 3 credits
CSIS400 - Adv Topics in Computer Science 1 TO 3 credits
Students may choose one course (3 credits) from the following:
CSIS499 - Independent Study in Comp Sci 1 TO 3 credits
MATH499 - Independent Study in Math 1 TO 3 credits
PHYS470 - Advanced Laboratory I 1 TO 3 credits
SCDV480 - Internship in Science 1 TO 3 credits
Computational Science students are well-prepared for graduate studies at prestigious universities or for careers in information technology, high-tech manufacturing, engineering design, computational physics, computational biology, computational chemistry, computational finance and computer graphics.