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College Catalog 2017-2018 
College Catalog 2017-2018 ARCHIVED CATALOG

Scientific Computing

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Seamus Lagan, Physics and Astronomy, Program Co-Director
Jeff Lutgen, Mathematics, Program Co-Director

Participating Faculty:

  • Mark Kozek, Mathematics
  • Glenn Piner, Physics and Astronomy
  • Fritz Smith, Mathematics

Computers are now employed throughout our society to perform a very wide variety of tasks. All branches of science and engineering use computing technology extensively. Sophisticated laboratory apparatus is nearly always computer-controlled. Computers are used to collect, store, and analyze large amounts of data quickly, to simulate natural systems, and to control industrial processes, among other tasks.

The Scientific Computing minor at Whittier College is designed to help prepare students majoring in one of the sciences for advanced computing work in their own fields and for work in the computer industry. The minor begins with computer programming and interfacing of computers to apparatus at the introductory level, and then continues with a range of advanced courses that allow students to focus on particular topics in scientific computing and/or broaden their computing skills. Most students will complete a research project with a significant computing component as part of the minor.


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