Computational Science (COSC)

The COSC major has been discontinued. (As of 2014, the major is no longer available to new students.) The Junior COSC 1003/1903 Introduction to Computational Science units will continue to be offered.

Computational science is the application of computers to the solution of scientific problems. It covers the formulation and analysis of problems, the use of software packages and programs to solve these problems computationally, simulations and modeling, mathematical and numerical analysis, high-performance supercomputing, graphics, visualisation, and programming. Computational science differs from computer science in that the emphasis is on solving problems in the natural sciences, i.e. physics, chemistry, biology, geology, etc.

What do computational scientists do?

Computational scientists have very strong analytical and numerical problem-solving skills. They observe scenarios and determine solutions for clients. These skills make computational scientists highly sought after in the areas of scientific and financial research, in delivering industry and corporate IT solutions and assisting with policy development in government departments. They may work in large corporate consultancies, hospitals, universities or government.

How do you study computational science (COSC)?

The School of Physics offers several COSC units:
Junior levels
* COSC 1003 Introduction to Computational Science
* COSC 1903 Introduction to Computational Science (Advanced)

Senior levels
* COSC 3011 Scientific Computing
* COSC 3911 Scientific Computing (Advanced)


More questions?

Questions about computational science should be directed to .

For more general questions, you can also contact Physics Student Services (email ).