Secondary Field Requirements

To earn the Secondary Field in Computational Science and Engineering students must complete a Plan of Study with four courses meeting the requirements below and pass a short oral examination by a faculty committee.

Each student's plan of study for the Secondary Field will include:

  1. Core Courses

At least one Applied Mathematics and one Computer Science or Applied Computation core course:

  • AM 205            Numerical Methods
  • AM 207            Advanced Scientific Computing: Stochastic Methods for Data Analysis, Inference, and Optimization
  • CS 205            Computing Foundations of Computational Science
  • AC 207            Systems Development for Computational Science
  1. Electives

One or two electives in Computer Science or Applied Math, or additional core courses.

As a substitute for one of the courses in (2.), either a “domain elective”—an approved computation-intensive course within the Ph.D. domain—or a semester-length independent computational research project (AC 299r -  Click to access the required AC 299r form).

Upon completion of required coursework, each candidate for the CSE Secondary Field will be required to give an oral presentation on a computational research project - typically a small part of the student’s doctoral thesis work or a computational side project worked on in their lab. Students will be expected to display achievement of the CSE program’s learning outcomes, including the ability to compare and evaluate competing approaches and communicate their work in an interdisciplinary context.

SEAS will organize a Secondary Field presentation event once each semester. Additional details about the oral defense can be found here.