Computational Science

Overview of Computational Science Postsecondary Programs

Computational Science college and university programs teach you how to use computers, models and mathematics to test theories around what would occur to humans should certain real life situations occur (e.g. fall off a ladder at work). For example, automobile companies may use computational science programs to test the safety of vehicles. Computational Science also studies mathematical computations, biology and environments to predict and/or test the strength of approaching weather storms, medicines and social theories. During Computational Science programs, you generally learn how to develop and measure the effectiveness of simulation programs which can be used in company and government training courses. Classroom and distance learning programs are available at accredited colleges and universities.

Computational Science Classes and Learned Skills

Core courses you may take at accredited colleges and universities when you major in Computational Science include:

  • Advanced Computer Programming
  • Computational Methods
  • Computer Modeling of Building Structures
  • Virtual Reality Protyping
  • Structural Analysis
  • Computer Graphics
  • Introduction to Neural Networks
  • Numerical Optimization Techniques
  • Parallel Processors and Processing
  • Stability of Laminar Flows
  • Estimation Theory
  • Evolutionary Algorithms
  • Introduction to Computational Science and Engineering
  • Operating Systems Design
  • Introduction to Neural Networks
  • Meshing Techniques
  • Data Mining
  • Finite Element Methods

Analytical, mathematical reasoning and critical thinking abilities are types of skills you can gain when you enroll in and complete Computational Science college and university programs. Additional skills you can gain include computer programming, software development and pattern recognition skills. Types of jobs these skills can help you to land employment in include engineer, computer scientist, software developer or computer systems operator jobs.

Levels of Education Available for Computational Science

Undergraduate Computational Science degrees that you can get include a Bachelor Science in Computational Science and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a concentration in Computer Science. Furthermore, you can earn graduate degrees such as a Master of Science in Computational Science, Master of Science in Mathematics with a concentration in Computer Science, Doctorate of Science in Computer Science with a concentration in computational science or a Doctorate of Science in Computational Science. Although you might be able to get entry jobs with less advanced degrees, according to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) many employers want you to have a doctorate degree in computer science before they hire you as a computer scientist.

Outlook for Careers in Computational Science

The BLS also reports that jobs for computer scientists are expected to grow by 24 percent from 2008 through 2018. This growth rate is faster than the growth rate expected for other occupations over the same time period. Furthermore, median annual salaries computer and information scientists earned as of May 2008 were $97,970.

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