COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCES
Chair:   William Harris                                                                          William_Harris@georgetowncollege.edu

Program Coordinator:  Danny Thorne                                                  Danny_Thorne@georgetowncollege.edu

 Note: Students who wish to major in Computational Sciences but are starting later than their first semester should contact Dr. William Harris or Dr. Danny Thorne as early as possible to plan their schedules.

Major

(B.S.) A total of fifty-five to fifty-eight semester hours required. All students must take the computer science and mathematics cores, one of the science cores, and the research experience.

Computer Science Core: (12 hours)

CSC 115, 215, 304, plus one of MAT/CSC 327, CSC 337

Mathematics Core: (15 hours)

MAT 125, 225, 301, 343, plus one of MAT 310, 331

Science Core: (13-16 hours)

Choose either a biology, chemistry or physics core.

 

 Biology Core: (15 hours)

Students should choose one of the following groups of courses.

  • Genetics/Bioinformatics emphasis: BIO 111, 212, 335, MAT 111
  • Ecology/Environmental Science emphasis: BIO 111, 314, ENV 330, MAT 111
  • Physiology emphasis: BIO 111, 212, 305, 305L, MAT 111
  • Other emphases may be constructed in consultation with the program coordinator.

 Chemistry Core: (13-16 hours)

Students should choose one of the following groups of courses.

  • Physical Chemistry emphasis: CHE 111, 112, 113, 331, PHY 111
  • Computational Chemistry emphasis: CHE 111, 112, 113, 201, 202, 421
  • Other emphases may be constructed in consultation with the program coordinator.

Physics Core: (16 hours)

  • PHY 111, 112, 241, MAT 325, plus one of PHY 313 or 319


Electives: (12 hours)

Students should choose twelve hours from the following list of courses. The elective courses recommended (even possible) will depend in large part on the student’s choice of science core, and should be made in con­sultation with the program coordinator. Up to six hours of special topics and/or independent study courses may be approved to serve as electives.

  • BIO 300, 306, 306L, 311, 316, 320, 335*, 337, 413
  • CHE 201*, 202*, 305, 309, 331*, 332, 333, 337, 339, 341, 421*
  • CSC 337, 405, 430, 435,
  • MAT 310*, 325, 331*, 332, 345, 431
  • PHY 313*, 319*, 401

(*if not selected as a Core course)

Research Experience: (3 hours)

CPS 450 Seminar in Computational Sciences or equivalent summer research/in­tern experience (must be approved by the program coordinator).

 

Minor

A total of twenty-four semester hours required.  Students must complete the Core courses, either the math or computer science emphasis, and the research experience.  Students majoring in mathematics or computer science may not choose this minor.

Required Core Courses:  (12 hours)

MAT 125, 343; CSC 115, 215

Computer Science Emphasis:  (9 hours)

MAT 301, CSC 304, plus three hours from MAT/CSC 327, CSC 337

Mathematics Emphasis:  (9 hours)

MAT 225, plus six hours from MAT 301, 310, 325, 331, 332, 345, MAT/CSC 327

Research Experience: (3 hours)

CPS 450 or equivalent summer research/intern experience (must be approved by the program coordinator).  The capstone experience should be related to subject matter in the student’s major; this minor will most likely be appropriate only for students whose major is in the natural or social sciences.

 

Recommended Sequence of Courses for Biology—Genetics/Bioinformatics Emphasis

First Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
BIO 111BIO 212
CSC 115CSC 215
MAT 125MAT 225
Second Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
BIO 335CSC 304
MAT 301MAT 111
MAT 343 (odd falls)MAT 310*
Third Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
MAT 331* (even falls)CSC 327 or 337
MAT 343 (odd falls)Elective
Elective
Fourth Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
MAT 331* (even falls)CPS 450
ElectiveElective

*choose one of MAT 310/MAT 331

 

Recommended Sequence of Courses for Biology—Ecology/Environmental Science Emphasis

First Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
BIO 111CSC 215
CSC 115MAT 111
MAT 125MAT 225
Second Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
MAT 301BIO 314
MAT 343 (odd falls)CSC 304
ENV 330 (even springs)
MAT 310*
Third Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
MAT 331* (even falls)CSC 327 or 337
MAT 343 (odd falls)ENV 330 (even springs)
ElectiveElective
Fourth Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
MAT 331* (even falls)CPS 450
ElectiveElective

*choose one of MAT 310/MAT 331

 

Recommended Sequence of Courses for Biology—Physiology Emphasis

First Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
BIO 111BIO 212
CSC 115CSC 215
MAT 125MAT 225
Second Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
BIO 305/305LCSC 304
MAT 301MAT 111
MAT 343 (odd falls)MAT 310*
Third Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
MAT 331* (even falls)CSC 327 or 337
MAT 343 (odd falls)Elective
Elective
Fourth Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
MAT 331* (even falls)CPS 450
ElectiveElective

*choose one of MAT 310/MAT 331

 

Recommended Sequence of Courses for Chemistry—Physical Chemistry Emphasis

First Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
CHE 111CHE 112/113
CSC 115CSC 215
MAT 125MAT 225
Second Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
MAT 301CSC 304
MAT 343 (odd falls)MAT 310*
PHY 111
Third Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
CHE 331CSC 327 or 337
MAT 331* (even falls)Elective
MAT 343 (odd falls)
Elective
Fourth Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
MAT 331* (even falls)CPS 450
ElectiveElective

*choose one of MAT 310/MAT 331

 

Recommended Sequence of Courses for Chemistry—Computational Chemistry Emphasis

First Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
CHE 111CHE 112/113
CSC 115CSC 215
MAT 125MAT 225
Second Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
CHE 201/202CHE 421 (odd springs)
MAT 301CSC 304
MAT 343 (odd falls)MAT 310*
Third Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
MAT 331* (even falls)CHE 421 (odd springs)
MAT 343 (odd falls)CSC 327 or 337
ElectiveElective
Fourth Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
MAT 331* (even falls)CPS 450
ElectiveElective

*choose one of MAT 310/MAT 331

 

 Recommended Sequence of Courses for Physics Emphasis

First Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
CSC 115CSC 215
MAT 125MAT 225
PHY 111PHY 212
Second Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
MAT 301CSC 304
MAT 325MAT 310*
PHY 241PHY 319**
Third Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
MAT 331* (even falls)CSC 327 or 337
MAT 343 (odd falls)Elective
PHY 313**
Elective
Fourth Year:
Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
MAT 331* (even falls)CPS 450
MAT 343 (odd falls)
ElectiveElective

*choose one of MAT 310/MAT 331

**choose one of PHY 313/PHY 319

 

*updated 10/2013