The program of study (POS) ensures fellows have sufficient academic breadth to succeed in computational science.  Many alumni say the POS provided a vital broad foundation for their research.

The POS must provide a solid background in a scientific or engineering discipline plus computer science and applied mathematics. Fellows’ major fields must fall into one of these categories but they also must attain high marks in the other two to demonstrate their POS has sufficient breadth. Students and their advisors explicitly commit to completing the POS before the start of the fellowship’s third year. Fellows who begin their doctoral studies coincident with this fellowship award are excepted; they have three years to complete their POS but must complete at least one course in each disciplinary area within the fellowship’s first two years.

Note: Once fellows are accepted, the program’s advisory committee must approve POS changes in advance.

Sample Program of Study

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Term and Year Grade Academic Level
Science / Engineering

Chem 8130

Reactions in Molecular Organic Chemistry 3S

Spring 2018


Chem 8960

Molecular Spectroscopy 3S Spring 2019   G
Math 8170

Functional Analysis

3S Spring 2017 A- G
Math 8500

Advanced Numerical Analysis

3S Fall 2017   G
Computer Science
CS 6140

Parallel Processing

3S Spring 2017 B G
CS 6030

Advanced Algorithms

3S Spring 2018   G