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Interdisciplinary Computational Science (ICS) is a relatively new but rapidly growing multidisciplinary area that focuses on the solution of real-world scientific problems through the development and use of computer algorithms, methods and hardware for analysis. Such development usually requires a good knowledge of an application area and also one or more of the following: mathematical modeling, numerical analysis, algorithm development and software implementation (usually targeting parallel computer architectures), execution on different platforms, data analysis and visualization, and validation of the results.

ICS is used to solve both applied and theoretical problems in a variety of science-based disciplines. Biologists, physicists, geologists, atmospheric scientists, and engineers all use ICS to tackle the most advanced questions in their fields. In Wyoming, ICS has tremendous application for issues involving petrochemical resource extraction, bioremediation, and the impact of CO2-emmisions on the environment.

The power of modern computing is an essential tool in building scientific understanding. To an increasing extent, scientists and engineers are relying on ICS to create new mathematical models and computer simulations to verify theories that are too costly or difficult to prove through direct experimentation.

Scientific computing is a multi-disciplinary undertaking, spanning mathematics, computer science, and a growing number of independent, scientific disciplines. As a result, faculty interested in scientific computing can be found throughout the university. Coordination among research programs, course offerings, and supporting degrees within the University of Wyoming is essential.

The goals of the ICS program are to:

  • Raise awareness of computational science activities at UW
  • Provide a cross-disciplinary research environment to apply computational science to real scientific questions.
  • Train a new generation of mathematicians, computer scientists, physical scientists, life scientists, and social scientists with the cross-disciplinary skills necessary to do research in computational science.


To meet our goals, we are focusing on the following activities:

  • Continuing to develop an Interdisciplinary Computational Science undergraduate minor
  • Coordinating course offerings across departments to allow graduate students to study computational science in a truly cross-disciplinary manner.
  • Developing a computational science program at UW, perhaps as a certificate, graduate minor, or a master's degree.

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