Computational Science Major
Why study Computational Science at Asbury University?
Big-box schools may have larger departments and bigger budgets, but you do not get better training by being one of hundreds. As an Asbury student, in both introductory and upper division classes the small class sizes ensure professors are available to answer your questions, leaving you ready for the steps ahead.
Many Asbury students do research and internships with other highly respected institutions and companies, and every year AU receives compliments about the quality, knowledge and work ethic of our students. Many of those students then receive scholarships for grad school.
A strength of studying at Asbury is that you can, and will, use all of our equipment. You have access to computers with the software you need for class and research, microscopes, autoclaves, incubators, spectrometers, NMR, FTIR, and HPLC instruments.
What is the Computational Science major like?
Computational Science is a multi-disciplinary field that includes elements of Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, and the traditional scientific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics. It focuses on integrating information and methods, joining theory and experimentation.
As a Computational Science major, you can expect to take core courses like
- Data Science
- Differential Equations
- Numerical Analysis
- General Physics
- Computational Neuroscience
In addition, you choose one of three concentrations:
- Chemistry & Physics
Your choice allows you to focus your study on integrating the area of most interest to you.
What opportunities will I have outside of class?
At Asbury, experienced faculty work with you directly as you prepare to present your research at the annual SEARCH competition and in other conferences across the nation. Computational Science majors also have many opportunities to do research and internships with Asbury alums, and participate in other national research programs.
- “Development of a Highly Efficient Nicotine-Metabolizing Enzyme through Computational Design” Young ’18
- “Predicting Languages in the Next 50 Years” Enyu ’21
What can I do with a degree in Computational Science?
The Computational Science major cultivates critical tools for developing scientific knowledge and new technology. A degree in this field can send you on the path to a career as a Data Analyst, Research Scientist, or Information Technology and Systems Engineer or Manager.