Computational Science and Modeling Emphasis
The computational science and modeling (CSM) minor is an interdisciplinary program stressing the application of computation to scientific problems spanning a variety of fields.
Motivation: Computation has become commonplace across the sciences. In fact, the federal High-end Computing Revitalization Task Force recently stated that, “Computer modeling and simulation of physical phenomena and engineered systems have become widely recognized as the third pillar of science and technology – sharing equal billing with theory and experiment.” Therefore, Hope College will offer a minor in CSM to better serve students who wish to learn how to apply computational methods to scientific problems.
Goals: Very briefly, the goals of the CSM minor, related to student learning are:
- To help students understand the foundations of computational science and modeling.
- To make students aware of strengths and limitations of computational approaches, i.e. to recognize when computational approaches are likely to be helpful and when they are not.
- To prepare students to solve scientific problems using computational techniques.
- To prepare students to participate in interdisciplinary science.