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Computational Science Minor

Engage in original research

The Computational Science minor curriculum is designed to introduce students to the basics of computer programming and familiarize students with powerful computational software packages like Matlab and LabView. The minor in computational science also has an independent research component that affords the opportunity for students to engage in original research using advanced computational tools under the supervision of an interdisciplinary team of professors.

If you are a biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, sociology, political science, or economics major, a computational science minor could give you the edge as you apply to graduate, medical, or professional school. It will also provide you with skills that will make you very appealing to prospective employers. Visual arts and mass communication majors could also greatly benefit from exposure to the computational tools provided by this minor.

Computational Science is an interdisciplinary field of study at the intersection of applied mathematics, statistics, and the natural, cognitive, social and managerial sciences. The study of Computational Science provides a critical connection between mathematics and science.

The minor in Computational Science will consist of 13 hours of core courses and 8 or 9 hours of courses (including at least 2 hours of research) selected from options designed to support students from a wide array of disciplines. The program will be administered by a committee consisting of one faculty member each from the departments of Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Psychology.


See an overview of the program's curriculum and requirements.


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Virtual Lab

The University maintains a Virtual Lab, which is available online at

Students and faculty can log on to this lab using their Loyola ID and password. The lab is therefore accessible both on campus and from off campus. The lab contains software such as MatLab, Mathematica, TeX, SPSS, and compilers for Java, C++, and Visual Basic.