College of Science and  Mathematics
Department of Computer and Computational Sciences

The Department currently offers two minors: Computatonal Sciences and Data Science

Minor in Computational Sciences

Computational science is an interdisciplinary field that combines mathematical and computing methods for solving complex real-world scientific, financial or societal problems through modeling, simulation, optimization, or visualization methods. This Computational Science minor offers students opportunities to study and apply scientific and mathematical techniques in various application fields. The minor in Computational Science will prepare students to solve complex problems by completing computational based projects that require intensive computational processes and high-performance computing tools.

Note: Computational Science should not be confounded with Computer Science which is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation, and of practical techniques for their implementation and application in computer systems.

In addition to the General Education prerequisites, students must complete 23-26 credits with an average grade of C or higher.

Required courses

Prerequisites

Credits

CSC118 Programming II

CSC117

4

CSC242 Data Structure

CSC118

4

CSC 239 Scientific Computing

MAT 140 or MAT143

3

MAT261 Linear Algebra

MAT 241 (may be take concurrently)

4

Total

14

Select one of the following

Prerequisite

Credits

MAT325 Numerical Analysis

MAT261 (can be taken concurrently) and CSC117 (or knowledge of a programming language)

4

Or

MAT 352 Mathematical Modeling

MAT261(may be taken concurrently)

3

Total

3-4

Computational Science Minor Electives

Select at least 6 credits of the following:

Prerequisites

Credits

CSC317: Programming III

CSC242

3

CSC465: High Performance Computing (currently offered as a selected topic)*

CSC242

3

CSC361: Bioinformatics

BIO142 and CSC118 and MAT153, and

either (BIO 245 and BIO 223) or (8 credits of 200-level CSC courses) or (MAT 233 and MAT 261).

4

MAT352 Mathematical Modeling**

MAT 261

3

MAT325 Numerical Analysis**

MAT 261 and CSC 117

4

MAT346 Differential Equations

MAT 342 (may be taken concurrently)

4

CHE 341 Physical Chemistry I

MAT 242, and PHY 241

1

CHE 342 Physical Chemistry II

CHE 341

1

CSC466: Selected topic in Data Mining

CSC 332 or CSC 245

3

BIO 465, CHE465, MAT465, MBI465, PHY465-Selected topic in computational science as approved by the Chair of Computer and Computational Science in consultation with the Chair of the department of the student's major. Approval will be based on the coherence of the selected courses in preparing the student for work in a particular interdisciplinary area

2-4

SCI 497: Interdisciplinary Capstone seminar

BIO 397-398 or
CHE 397-398 or
CSC 397-398 or
MAT 397 or
MBI 397-398.

1

Total

6-8

Data Science Minor

The minor in Data Science affords students the opportunity to extend their quantitative abilities as a route to a deeper understanding of their chosen field and to greater marketability after graduation. Students must complete the following courses with a passing grade in each course with 18-20 credits.

A. Required courses

Prerequisites

Credits

SCI/CSC 230 Data Science I

MAT 140 or MAT 143 or for students with higher standing any other higher level math course

3

CSC 239 Scientific Computer Applications

MAT 140 or MAT143

3

SCI/CSC/IST 435 Data Science II

SCI/CSC 230, MAT 235 or MAT 245 or DSC 325. 

3

B.  Statistics requirement. The student must choose any one of the following courses.

Prerequisites

Credits

MAT 235 Introductory Statistics with Applications

MAT 140 or 143 or satisfactory scores on department diagnostic examinations.

4

DSC 325

MAT 140 or MAT143

3

MAT 245

SCI/CSC 230, MAT 235 or MAT 245 or DSC 325. 

3

C. Data Application requirement. The student must choose one of these courses.

Prerequisites

Credits

IST 305 Database Design and Implementation

IST 301, IST 305

3

CSC 245 Databases and Information Retrieval

CSC 241, CSC242

3

DSC 410 Quantitative Methods Introduction

DSC 325

4

SSC 228 Quantitative Research Methods

SSC 227

3

SSC 220/SCI 220/CJU 220  Introduction to Geographic Information  Systems

None

3

BIO/CSC/MAT 361 Bioinformatics

BIO 141, MAT 143 and either CSC 110 or CSC 117

4

MAT352 Mathematical Modeling

MAT 261

3

CSC 466 Data Mining

CSC 245

3

*D.  Complete a data science related project  in one of the following courses.

Prerequisites

Credits

xxx 495 Directed Independent Research

SCI/CSC/IST 4xx

3

MAT 499 Independent Study

Permission of a full-time faculty member and approval of the Mathematics Coordinator. 

3

BUS 499 Independent Study

Senior standing 

3

IST 425 Project Management and Development II

IST 420 and senior standing.

3

MKT  430  Startegic Marketing  MGT 301, MKT 301, MKT 334 and MKT 426. 3
* Department Chairs are responsible for ensuring that projects relate to data science.
 



For More Information Contact

Title Name
Dean Michelle Peterson, Ph.D.
Department Chair Marc Boumedine, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator Marc Boumedine, Ph.D.
Administrative Assistant