Computation, Simulation & Modeling


Steering Committee Coordinator:
Please contact Dr. Weizhong Dai regarding any questions about the Computation Simulation & Modeling track in CAM.

Core Courses
Math Core (9 SCH): (Common to all Tracks)
MATH 414 & MATH 415 with either MATH 407 or STAT 620/STAT 621

Math 407 (Partial Differential Equations)
3 Credit Hours. Preq, MATH 245, Solution of linear first order equations. Formation and solution of second order problems of parabolic, elliptic, and hyperbolic type. (G)

Math 414 (Numerical Analysis)
3 Credit Hours. Preq, MATH 245, knowledge of a programming language. Roots of polynomial and other nonlinear equations. Interpolating polynomials. Numerical differentiation. Numerical Integration. Direct methods for solving linear systems.(G)

Math 415 (Numerical Analysis)
3 Credit Hours. Preq, MATH 245, knowledge of a programming language. Numerical applications of linear algebra. Curve fitting. Function approximation. Numerical solution of systems of equations, differential equations, systems of differential equations, boundary value problems. (G)

STAT 620 (Theory of Probability)
3 Credit Hours. Preq, any 500 level STAT Course, and MATH 244. Combinatorial analysis, conditional probability, distribution theory, random variables, random vectors, limit theorems and random walks.

STAT 621 (Theory of Statistics)
3 Credit Hours. Preq, STAT 520 or 620. Point estimation, interval estimation, statistical hypothesis, statistical tests, non parametric inference, and normal distribution theory.

CS Core (6 SCH): (Common to all Tracks)
CSC 428 & CSC 438

CSC 428 (Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures)
3 Credit Hours. Preq, consent of instructor. Programming paradigms, syntax, semantics, data types, expression, control statements and sub programs; object oriented concepts, abstract data types, recursion, queues and trees. (G)

CSC 438 (Special Topics in Software Development)
3 Credit Hours. Preq, consent of instructor. Selected topics in the area of software design that are of current importance or special interest .(G)

Supporting Core (CS - 3 SCH, MATH - 6 SCH)
CSC 557, MATH 574, MATH 575 CSC 557 (Special Topics: Computer Science) 0-3-3 (9). The topics or topics will be selected by the instructor from the various sub-area of computer science. May be repeated as topics change.

Math 574 (Numerical Solutions for PDE I) 0-3-3. Preq, MATH 407, 414. Finite difference schemes and their accuracy, stability and convergence. Schemes for parabolic and hyperbolic PDEs.
Math 575 (Numerical Solutions for PDE II) 0-3-3. Preq, MATH 407, 414, 574. Finite difference schemes for elliptic PDEs, iterative methods, and introduction to finite element methods and multigrid methods.

Suggested Elective Courses (21 SCH total)
(Please, see advisor)

CSC 541, MATH 435, MATH 535, CSC 470, CSC 570, CSC579, CAM 657 CSC 541 (High
Performance Computer Architecture) 0-3-3. Preq, CSC 364. Topics include: principles of scalable performance, multiprocessor system design, message-passing systems, vector computers, data flow computers, and multithreaded architecture.

Math 435 (Introduction to Graph Theory)
0-3-3. Preq, MATH 307, 311, or 318. Fundamental concepts of undirected and directed graphs, trees, connectivity, planarity, colorability, network flows, Hamiltonian and Eulerian graphs, matching theory and applications. (G)

Math 535 (Graph Theory)
0-3-3. Preq, MATH 435 or consent of instructor. Fundamental concepts of graph theory, connectivity and traversability, algebraic and topological methods, graph minors, extremal graph theory, planarity, colorability, and random graphs.

CSC 470 (Computer Graphics).
0-3-3. Preq, CSC 325. Fundamentals of two and three dimensional computer graphics. Topics include line drawing, polygon rendering, clipping algorithms, two and three dimensional transformations, and projection techniques.(G)

CSC 570 (Advanced Topics in Computer Graphics)
0-3-3. Preq, CSC 470. Techniques used to produce realistic images of three-dimensional objects on computer graphics hardware. Topics include: reflection models, shading techniques, ray tracing, texture and animation.

CSC 579 (Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery)
0-3-3; Prerequisite: CSC325/equivalent OR consent of instructor. Topics include: Introduction to Data Mining (DM), Knowledge Discovery in large databases, Data preprocessing and normalization, Dimensionality reduction, DM primitives, Mining frequent itemsets in large DBMS, Association rule mining, Classification and evaluation measures.

Directed Study (6 SCH)
CAM 650 or equivalent courses with other prefixes.

Qualifying Exam
MATH: CAM 685
CS: CAM 686

Dissertation (18 SCH)
CAM 651

Total (72 SCH)= MATH 15SCH + CS 9SCH + Elective 21 SCH + Directed Study 6 SCH + CAM610 3SCH + Dissertation 18 SCH.