Computational Mathematics

Your interest in mathematics and computing makes you an ideal candidate for our computational mathematics program.

If you are looking to apply your mathematics or computer skills to one of the behavioral, biological, physical or social sciences, our computational mathematics program will be an ideal match for you. This interdepartmental program, offered jointly by the Department of Computer and Information Science and the Department of Mathematics, is designed for students like you who are interested in the more abstract parts of computer science and for those interested in college teaching and research. Computational mathematics involves mathematical research in areas of science where computing plays a central and essential role, emphasizing algorithms, numerical methods and symbolic methods. Combined with your interest in the sciences, your degree in computational mathematics will position you for an important — and high-paying — career in this growing niche.

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Quick Facts

  • Computational mathematics emerged as a distinct part of applied mathematics in the early 1950s.
  • The field can include solving mathematical problems by computer simulation as opposed to analytic methods of applied mathematics.
  • The nonprofit group Foundations of Computational Mathematics supports and promotes research by fostering interaction among mathematics, computer science and other areas of computational science.

Possible Careers

  • Industrial research mathematician in a large government-funded college lab
  • Computational biologist searching for new discoveries in genetics
  • Software engineer developing new missile defense systems