All applications to join the CS&E Program must be sponsored by a CS&E
faculty member. If approved, a CS&E ``mentor" for the student
will be selected in consultation with the student and the thesis
advisor. The CS&E mentor will serve on the student's doctoral or
thesis committee. Mentor and advisor will be jointly responsible for
establishing a balanced study plan and must approve all course
CS&E students must satisfy both CS&E requirements and home
With careful planning, these will usually overlap considerably, making
it possible to earn the CS&E degree specialization in one semester's
worth (approximately 12 credit hours) of additional coursework.
The student will take a minimum of:
is also expected to participate in CS&E-designated
functions, such as seminars or short courses by visiting researchers.
- Six credit hours among
required CS&E core courses in the first two years, and
- Six credit hours of affiliated courses in a department other than
the primary one.
A student completes the CS&E Program of studies by passing
the required CS&E courses, and successfully defending an original
dissertation. An outside CS&E faculty member on the thesis committee
will judge whether the thesis has sufficient content in
computational science to warrant
CS&E certification. There exist many interpretations presently
as to what constitutes CS&E, as distinct from, for example,
computational aerodynamics or computational biology. For the
purpose of this judgement, it is not sufficient that a candidate make
extensive use of pre-existing computational resources in performing
a scientific or technological investigation. There must be an
original algorithmic or computer-implementation component in addition
to the scientific or engineering contribution.
The student will submit to the CS&E a complete copy of the
It is expected that the results of the research will also be published in
appropriate professional journals and that, if applicable, CS&E financial
support will be properly acknowledged.
Near the completion of his or her studies, the student shall
present him- or herself for a written or oral qualifying examination
whose purpose is to determine whether the student shall receive the
CS&E certification of specialization.