The BS in Computational Physics combines requirements from the BS in Physics and the BS in Computer Science. It is overseen by the Department of Physics and designed for students who are interested in applying advanced computer-based techniques to physics research, or who wish to develop technical software. The program is such that students can pursue a graduate degree in either physics or computer science. It is also possible to pursue a 5–year program leading to the degree, BS in Computational Physics/MS in Physics.
This degree track, offered jointly by the Department of Physics and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, makes it possible to pursue a number of career options, such as a research career in the traditional areas of physics (for example, in condensed matter physics or particle physics), but with a strong emphasis on computation. Graduates can also play an important role in the development of virtual universities and the technology needed to facilitate distance learning. This degree also opens employment opportunities in firms that develop scientific software, as well as computer games. Even Wall Street employers are interested in people with a background in computational physics.