The Computational Science graduate program at San Diego State University's CSRC is a novel educational initiative. The aim of the program is to educate professional researchers capable of effectively utilizing modern computational tools to tackle a variety of cutting-edge scientific problems. The distinctive feature of the program is its interdisciplinary character; computation as a fundamental tool is emphasized as the program exposes students to a broad cross section of the applied sciences.
The CSRC achieves its interdisciplinary status by partnering students with courses and professors from the applied sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics. The Computational Science student is free to pursue coursework and research from this wide range of disciplines.
We offer a doctoral degree in Computational Science as part of a joint doctoral program. The program features courses and research projects under the supervision of SDSU faculty from the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics, and with cooperation of the faculty at the joint campus.
We also offer two Master of Science degrees, the MS, a thesis masters, and the PSM, which is project based and business oriented. Both have an interdisciplinary cast and are offered in collaboration with the departments of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics.
The MS thesis is done in conjunction with a carefully managed extramural research program to prepare graduates for positions in scientific research, scientific programming, and software engineering.
The PSM masters, being business based, leads to careers in management of technology and in a wide variety of fields. It is offered in conjunction with the Sloan Foundation supported PSM programs around the country. The program was launched in response to industry requests for better-trained professionals with advanced degrees.