Associate Degree Course Sequence
SSC101 Student Success Seminar
BIO141 General Biology I
CST120 Computational Science Methods
ITD122 Computer Applications for Professionals
ENG124 College Composition
BIO142 General Biology II
CST121 Modeling and Simulation
CSE122 Programming Logic & Problem Solving
ENG221 Technical Report Writing
MTH223 Analytical Geometry - Calculus I
COM121 Effective Speaking
CST221 Computational Biology
CPD121 Data Modeling & Database Design
Social and Behavioral Science Requirement
CST274 Independent Study – Comp Science
Arts and Humanities Requirement
Two Social and Behavioral Science Requirement
TOTAL CREDITS 69-71
Computational science is an academic program leading to an Associate of Science degree. Computational science is the use of computer modeling and simulation to solve problems in all areas of biology such as microbiology, environmental science, anatomy and physiology, botany, pharmaceutical and academic research problems. Computational science is an exciting modern field of science that involves the interdisciplinary study of math, science, and computers.
This program would appeal to students who are interested in setting themselves apart from those who receive degrees in the traditional field of biology. The computational science program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university with a major in biology and a minor in computational science. After completing this program, the student will be better prepared to perform at the junior level in a four-year program in terms of research, independent study and scientific focus.
The national need for computational scientists has been realized. A report of this need has been published by the National Academies and is summarized below.
“The National Academies’ report, Bio2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists, identifies potential changes in undergraduate education designed to improve the preparation of students in the life sciences. . . [such as] increasing importance of mathematics and computer science in biology. It is essential that biology undergraduates become quantitatively literate. . .” (BIO 2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists, The National Academies Report in Brief, 2002)
Potential job responsibilities may include testing and designing new materials, visualizing a design, designing new products and parts, managing large datasets, optimizing data networks, forecasting disease trends, simulating quality control, optimizing design trade-offs, simulating surgical procedures, understanding drug interactions, understanding genomic differences and modeling physical anatomy.
Before enrolling in the program, students are strongly advised to consult an SSC academic advisor. Depending on placement scores and/or equivalent college coursework, students may be required to complete developmental courses before enrolling in the college level courses of this program.