The Departments of Botany, Computer Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Statistics, and Zoology & Physiology have united to offer and interdisciplinary graduate minor in Interdiscplinary Computational Science (ICS). The ICS minor will help prepare graduate students in science, mathematics and engineering to play leading roles in their profession of choice.


This page is currently under construction; it contains a draft proposal for the graduate minor.



The graduate ICS minor will be based on the following requirements:

  • The student must earn 15 credit hours in specified courses.
  • Within the 15 credits, the student must earn at least 9 credits in graduate level classes (5000).
  • Within the 15 credits, the student must earn 6 credits outside of her/his department.
  • Only grades of B or better will be accepted for a course counting towards the minor.
  • For all students, the 15 hours of coursework will be divided into 9 credit hours of required courses and 6 credit hours of electives.


Course Offerings

The minor will be based on the following courses (this list will become more comprehensive and address a broader scope as the program develops.)


Core Courses

  • Computational Methods in Applied Sciences I (MATH 5310), 3 hrs.
  • Introduction to High-Performance Computing (COSC 5010), 3hrs.
  • Computational Methods in Applied Sciences II (MATH 5340), 3 hrs.
  • Computational Biology (BOT 4550/5550), 4 hrs.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics I (ME 5461), 3 hrs.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics II (ME 5462), 3 hrs.
  • Computational Methods in Statistics (STAT 5660), 3hrs.
  • Numerical Methods (ME 5140), 3 hrs.


Elective Courses

  • Computational Methods in Applied Sciences III (MATH 5345), 3 hrs.
  • Topics in Numerical Analysis (MATH 5345), 3 hrs.
  • Analysis of Algorithms (COSC 5110), 3 hrs.
  • Advanced Bayesian Statistics (STAT 5680), 3 hrs.
  • Bayesian Data Analysis (STAT 5380), 3 hrs.
  • Mathematics Modeling of Processes (MATH 5320), 3 hrs.
  • Mathematical Modeling (MATH 4300), 3 hrs.


Frequency of course offerings The required courses will be taught on a regular basis starting with the Fall 2011 semester. The electives will be offered at least once every two years, more frequently when possible.


Organization: The minor will be housed in the Mathematics Department, and will be overseen by the advisory committee comprised (tentatively) of the Math Department Head (Farhad Jafari), Dan Stanescu (Math), Alex Buerkle (Botany) and Dimitri Mavriplis (Mechanical Engineering).


Students and faculty who are interested in the ICS graduate minor should contact any member of the advisory committee.

2010 UW Interdisciplinary Computational Science Program