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Academic Program Guide

Computational Science

ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Summer 2024 and after)

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. The Sample Schedule serves as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term. The General Education and Elective courses must be selected to satisfy all area and multicultural requirements unless your program meets these requirements with major courses. Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Off-track) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.

Computational Science is the emerging discipline that provides the tools necessary to solve natural and social science and engineering problems on computers, much the same as mathematics provides the underpinning for theoretical solutions. Graduates of the Computational Science program will be prepared for employment in industry and government laboratories as well as for entry into graduate schools. The skill and knowledge sets acquired by students in this program complement those of scientists and engineers so that, as part of interdisciplinary teams, those students are ideally positioned to help solve science and engineering problems using computers.

The Computational Science major works best if you start with MAC2311 Calculus I in term 1. If you start the major in a class lower than MAC2311, you should plan on taking math courses over the summer to get back on course to graduate in four years. If you begin FSU with earned credit for College Algebra, you should take MAC1140 and MAC1114 during term 1. Students must maintain a 2.00 GPA to remain in good standing in the major.

Mapping Coordinator: Shellie Camp

Sample Schedule and Required Milestones by Term

Sample Schedule: Term 1 hrs
ENC1101 Freshman Composition3
MAC2311 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I4
GE Core Social Science3
GE Natural Science3
Required Milestones: Term 1
Complete ENC1101 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete 1st GE Mathematics ( ≥ C minus )
Sample Schedule: Term 2 hrs
ENC2135 Research, Genre, and Context 3
MAC2312 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II4
GE Core Humanities/Cultural Practice6
GE Social Science3
Required Milestones: Term 2
Complete ENC2135 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete 2nd GE Mathematics Course ( ≥ C minus )
Sample Schedule: Term 3 hrs
ISC3313 Introduction to Scientific Computing or approved programming course3
GE Core Natural Science with Lab4
GE History3
Foreign Language I or Electives4
Required Milestones: Term 3
Complete MAC2311 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete Science/Lab for science majors ( ≥ C minus in each)
Sample Schedule: Term 4 hrs
Science/Lab for Science Majors4
Foreign Language II or electives4
GE Humanities/Cultural Practice3
GE Ethics3
Required Milestones: Term 4
Complete MAC2312 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete ISC3313 or Approved Programming Course ( ≥ C minus )
Sample Schedule: Term 5 hrs
ISC3222 Symbolic and Numerical Computations3
ISC4221c Discrete Algorithms for Science Applications 4
ISC4931 Junior Seminar in Computational Science1
MAS3105 Applied Linear Algebra4
Foreign Language III or Elective3/4
Required Milestones: Term 5
Complete MAS3105 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete ISC3222 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete ISC4221c ( ≥ C minus )
Civic Literacy requirement
Overall GPA of at least 2.00
Sample Schedule: Term 6 hrs
ISC4220c Continuous Algorithms for Science Applications4
ISC4304 Programming for Scientific Applications4
ISC4931 Junior Seminar in Computational Science1
Approved Statistics Course3
Oral Communication Competency3
Required Milestones: Term 6
Complete ISC4220c ( ≥ C minus )
Complete ISC4304 ( ≥ C minus )
Overall GPA at least 2.00
Sample Schedule: Term 7 hrs
ISC4223 Computational Methods for Discrete Problems4
ISC4232 Computational Methods for Continuous Problems4
ISC4932 Senior Seminar in Computational Science1
Computational Science Elective3
Elective or DIS3
Required Milestones: Term 7
Apply for Graduation Check
Overall GPA at least 2.00
Sample Schedule: Term 8 hrs
ISC4943 Practicum in Computational Science3
Computational Science Elective3
Electives and DIS9
Required Milestones: Term 8
Apply for Graduation in 1st two weeks
All Major Requirements Completed: ISC4223, ISC4232, ISC4943 ( ≥ C minus in each)
Overall GPA at least 2.00

Employment Information
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Baccalaureate level - computational scientist, computer center consultant, graduate student, programmer, computer modeler. Master of Science level-computational scientist, computer center consultant, Ph.D. student, programmer, computer modeler. With Ph.D. - computational scientist, professor, postdoctoral associate, research scientist, research associate, computer modeler, research group leader.

Representative Employers: Universities and college computer centers, government and private research laboratories, manufacturing and service businesses, state and federal government agencies

International Opportunities: International study is available for all students and may include opportunities for internships or taking course work towards various majors and minors. International study may have an impact on the MAP; therefore, it is important to consult with the academic advisor before participating. Interested students can find information about international study, research, internships, and service opportunities at:

This Map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between the University and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to carry out the academic objectives of the University. The University specifically reserves the right to change, delete or add to any Map at any time within the student’s period of study at the University.

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