Academic Programs Catalog

College of Natural Science

Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering

Andrew J. Christlieb, Chairperson

Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering is the multidisciplinary field that is concerned with the use of advanced computing capabilities to solve complex problems pertaining to computational modeling and data science.  Among the areas of interest include the development and analysis of algorithms, high performance computing, including both parallel computing and heterogeneous architectures, and the application of both algorithms and high performance computing to modeling and data analysis, exploration, and visualization.  The department offers a wide range of courses in computational and data science.  Graduates will use their skills in large-scale computing and data science to address a wide variety of problems in science, engineering, and other fields.

The Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering is administered jointly by the colleges of Natural Science, and Engineering.


Undergraduate Program

Minor in Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering

The Minor in Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering complements a students’ major by providing a strong background in computational modeling of a variety of systems using a broad range of computational techniques, functional and object-oriented computer programming, practice in computational thinking, as well as in-depth exposure to some subset of discipline-focused or methodology-focused topics in computational and or data science.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements of the minor should consult the undergraduate adviser in the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering.

Requirements for the Minor in Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering

Complete 17 credits from the following: 

1. Both of the following courses (8 credits):
CMSE 201 Introduction to Computational Modeling 4
CMSE 202 Computational Modeling Tools and Techniques 4
2. Complete a minimum of 9 credits from the following courses:
CEM 481 Seminar in Computational Chemistry 3
CMSE 401 Methods for Parallel Computing 4
CMSE 402 Visualization of Scientific Datasets 3
CSE 232 Introduction to Programming II 4
MTH 451 Numerical Analysis I 3
MTH 452 Numerical Analysis II 3
PHY 480 Computational Physics 3
PLB 400 Introduction to Bioinformatics 3
STT 301 Computational Methods for Data Science 3
STT 461 Computations in Probability and Statistics 3
STT 465 Bayesian Statistical Methods 3
Additional courses may be used with approval the program advisor. Any CMSE 300-400 level courses including special topics and independent study courses will receive automatic approval. Courses outside of CMSE with a strong focus on the applications of computational methods or on discipline-related computational techniques will be considered.


Graduate Study

The Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering offers the programs listed below:

    Master of Science
        Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering
    Doctor of Philosophy
        Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering
    Graduate Certificate
        Computational Modeling
        High-Performance Computing

Study for the department's graduate degree programs is administered by the College of Engineering.