Computational Science (BS) [CAS/MATH]
Computational science is a field in which computational simulation and modeling of systems are used to solve problems in engineering and natural and social sciences. Administered jointly by the Department of Computer Science and Department of Mathematics and Statistics, this program is recommended for students interested in a career in mathematical and computational techniques to solve problems and the use of these methods to advance other fields that require extensive computation and data analysis. Students in this program take foundation courses in mathematics and computer science and choose application areas including biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, environmental studies, finance, mathematics, physics, psychology, and statistics based on their interests. Students may also choose to pursue a double major or minor in the application area.
Admission to the Program
Formal admission to the major requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and departmental approval.
- 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
- Completion of college writing requirement
- Completion of university mathematics requirement
General Education Requirements
- A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
- At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
- No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline
- 50 credit hours with grades of C or better
Foundation Courses (44 credit hours)
- CSC-280 Introduction to Computer Science I (4)
- CSC-281 Introduction to Computer Science II (3)
- CSC-460 Tools of Scientific Computing (3)
- MATH-460 Tools of Scientific Computing (3)
- CSC-432 Introduction to Simulation and Modeling (3)
- CSC-493 Computer Science Capstone Project (3)
- MATH-221 Calculus I (4)
- MATH-222 Calculus II (4)
- MATH-310 Linear Algebra (3)
- MATH-313 Calculus III (4)
- MATH-560 Numerical Analysis: Basic Problems (3)
- STAT-202 Basic Statistics (4)
One course from the following:
Application Area (6 credit hours)
- 6 credit hours at the 300-level or above as approved in an application area, including biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, environmental studies, finance, mathematics, physics, psychology, and statistics.
University Honors Program
To graduate with University Honors, students must be admitted to the University Honors Program, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50, and receive grades of B or better in all University Honors coursework. There are three levels of University Honors course requirements: Level I (100-200-level); Level II (300-level and above); and Level III (Honors Capstone Project). The department Honors coordinator advises students in the University Honors Program regarding requirements for graduating with University Honors in the major.
Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees
American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for more information.