In a world powered by automation, algorithms and digital simulations, programmers with a background in scientific computing are increasingly sought for developing progressive, complex and dynamic software systems. In the Scientific Computing emphasis, you’ll learn how to integrate programming languages and computer systems with mathematical modeling to become an adept and effective data analyst who understands how to apply computer science to a variety of fields.
Analyze complex data with math and computer science.
The Scientific Computing Emphasis combines applied mathematics with the tools of computer science to create a versatile emphasis for students who envision themselves developing advanced modeling simulations. This program is designed to accommodate Western Colorado University-University of Colorado-Boulder Computer Science partnership students for their first two years by giving them a major to declare when they come to Western, in addition to providing an efficient Western major if students do not choose to transfer to the University of Colorado. This emphasis places an in-depth focus on the intersection of computer programming and mathematics, all of which will enhance students’ comprehension of and practical skills in data analytics and critical thinking from a scientific perspective.
A mathematical perspective
The Scientific Computing Emphasis examines the link between numerical calculations and computer architecture to enhance your understanding of digital simulations so you can create advanced virtual reality software programs.
At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.
|CS 190||Computer Science I||3||View|
|CS 191||Computer Science II||3||View|
|CS 195||Database Management Systems||3||View|
|CS 235||Computers Networks||3||View|
|CS 250||Web Applications Development I||3||View|
|CS 280||Data Structures||3||View|
|CS 303||Machine Learning||3||View|
|CS 310||Programming Projects with X||3||View|
|CS 320||Programming Languages||3||View|
|CS 330||Operating Systems and Architecture||3||View|
|CS 340||Computer Graphics||3||View|
|CS 360||System Security||3||View|
|CS 370||Systems Programming in C||3||View|
|CS 380||The Internet of Things||3||View|
|CS 390||Software Entrepreneurship||3||View|
|CS 412||Software Engineering||3||View|
|CS 415||Software Engineering II||3||View|
|CS 435||Mobile Development||3||View|
|CS 450||Ethical Hacking and Malware||3||View|
|CS 460||Network Security||3||View|
|CS 495||Senior Project||3||View|
|CS 499||Internship or Field Experience in Computer Science||1-12||View|
|ENG 302||Technical Writing||3||View|
|MATH 151||Calculus I (GT-MA1)||4||View|
|MATH 200||Discrete Mathematics||3||View|
|MATH 213||Probability and Statistics||3||View|
|MATH 251||Calculus II||4||View|
|MATH 252||Calculus III||4||View|
|MATH 260||Applied Linear Algebra||3||View|
|MATH 275||Scientific Programming, Modeling, and Simulation||3||View|
|MATH 300||Introduction to Mathematical Modeling||3||View|
|MATH 313||Statistical Modeling and Simulation||3||View|
|MATH 314||Applied Probability||3||View|
|MATH 358||Introduction to Differential Equations and Linear Algebra||4||View|
|MATH 360||Linear Algebra||3||View|
|MATH 380||Introduction to Cryptography||3||View|
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- Students majoring in Computer Information Science
- Completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at Western, 3 of which can be applied toward their majors
- Must have minimum 3.0 GPA
- Plan on enrolling in at least nine credits
This scholarship is provided by Stephen Watson.
Contact the Mathematics & Computer Science Department for application and deadline information.
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- Declared a major in the Computer Science or Mechanical Engineering partnership programs
- Have a 3.5 GPA or higher
- Are eligible for Math 151 – Calculus 1 (via placement tests, credit transfer or a Math ACT/SAT score of 27/630)
To maintain their scholarship award, students must remain:
- In the partnership program
- Eligible for transfer to CU Boulder by earning a B average or better in transfer coursework
This is a two-year, full-tuition Western scholarship. The number of scholarships awarded is based on fund availability.
Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship
The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.
Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.
- This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
- Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
- GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).
Due date has been extended to April 15 for 2021. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Board, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.
Alumni Legacy Scholarship
The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).
Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:
- This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
- Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
- The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
- The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
- GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).
The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.
Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship
The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.
Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).
- Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
- The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
- The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.
The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.
For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.
The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.
There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.
For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.
Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student’s GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.
For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.
Make your education a life-changing experience.
A college education is so much more than just taking classes. Expand your community and network, while gaining hands-on experience in your field.
- Independent Projects: Students have worked on projects in a variety of areas including machine learning, mobile applications, wireless embedded systems, web applications, gaming and cybersecurity. Example projects include computer vision for facial recognition and object identification, a “pet finder” app with wireless GPS collar, an autonomous turret (water gun) for home security, a COVID tracker web app, a Mega Man reboot, and a computer-vision based ski boot sizing app.
- Information Technology Services: Many computer science students work for the Western IT Department, keeping student and university computers and networks running smoothly.
- Internships: Students have landed internships with Lockheed Martin, Amazon, Raytheon, Dell, Northrop Grumman, Intel and other companies large and small. Computer science internships pay well and often lead directly to a permanent job.
Put your knowledge into practice
Our knowledgeable and connected faculty can aid you in further developing your scientific computing skills by helping you land internships or prepare for further study as a graduate student.