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Computational Science

Computational science uses computation in order to advance knowledge in fields ranging from physics to medicine to the social sciences and humanities. Computational science is not computer science or mathematics but it draws on the tools both of these disciplines provide in order to solve problems in other fields. 

In physics, computation has been referred to a third branch of physics, complimenting both experiment and theory. Chemists use computational science to understanding chemical bonding on the atomic level as well as to work out the structure of viruses such as HIV. 

Computational science plays a major role in modern industry. Modern airliners would not be possible with out detailed simulations of wing designs and the stresses on the airframe. Pharmaceutical companies use computational science to help speed up the discovery of new drugs. Tire manufacturers use computational science to design tires and to model how tires wear. 

In medicine computational science is used to help decipher the human genome. In the humanities computational science is used for linguistic studies and for projects such as reassembling the Thera frescoes where computer algorithms are being developed to help match fragments of the frescoes (see for details).

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.

In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.

Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.

Career Possibilities

 Computational scientists have a wide range of career options in industry, academia and the government. Studying computational science is an excellent way to increase your value on the job market.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Special Opportunities

Students in UC's McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.



Richard Gass

Department of Physics
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0011

Phone: 513-556-0519

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