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Graduate Interdisciplinary Computational Science Minor

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Graduate Interdisciplinary Computational Science Minor

The UW Departments of Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology and Geophysics, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics and Statistics collaborate to offer a graduate minor in Interdisciplinary 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. 


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The graduate ICS minor is 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 12 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 core courses and 6 credit hours of electives.


Course Offerings

The minor is 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/COSC 5310), 3 hrs.
  • Introduction to High-Performance Computing (COSC 5010), 3 hrs.
  • Computational Methods II (MATH 5340/COSC 5340), 3 hrs.
  • Computational Biology (BOT 4550/5550), 4 hrs.
  • Groundwater Flow and Transport Modeling (GEOL 4030/5030), 3 hrs.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics I (ME 5461), 3 hrs.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics II (ME 5462), 3 hrs.
  • Computational Methods in Statistics (STAT 5660), 3 hrs.
  • Convex Optimization (EE 5490), 3 hrs.

Elective Courses

  • Analysis of Algorithms (COSC 5110), 3 hrs.
  • Advanced Bayesian Statistics (STAT 5680), 3 hrs.
  • Bayesian Data Analysis (STAT 5380), 3 hrs.
  • High-Performance Computing in Geosciences (course number to be obtained), 2 hrs.
  • Mathematics Modeling of Processes (MATH 5320), 3 hrs.
  • Molecular Modeling (CHEM 4560/5560), 3 hrs.
  • Mathematical and Computational Methods in Physics (PHYS 4840), 3 hrs.
  • Mathematical Modeling (MATH 4300), 3 hrs.
  • Object and Pattern Recognition (EE 5650), 3 hrs.
  • Introduction to Finite Element Analysis (ME 5040), 3 hrs.
  • Advanced Finite Element Analysis (ME 5045), 3 hrs.

Frequency of course offerings

The required courses are taught on a regular basis starting with the Fall 2013 semester. The electives are offered at least once every two years, more frequently when possible.


The minor is housed in the Mathematics Department, and is overseen by an interdisciplinary advisory committee. Students and faculty who are interested in the ICS graduate minor should contact Dr. Dan Stanescu.

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