BS in Computational and Data Sciences

Preparing Students to Power the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Catalog Year: 2021-2022

The aim of this degree is to provide students with technical skills and knowledge for rigorously investigating physical and social phenomena. The BS is a transformative approach that integrates science at George Mason University based on the combination of real-world computer science skills, data acquisition and analysis, scientific modeling, applied mathematics, and simulation. As an interdisciplinary STEM-designated program, this degree addresses the current central role of computation in the areas of "big data," modeling, and simulation. Graduates of the program will possess the computational, scientific, and mathematical skills necessary for participating effectively as members of the scientific simulation and data analysis groups that are of increasing importance in the federal and public sectors, and in high technology firms. Additionally, graduates of the program will be well prepared to pursue graduate studies.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

Core Required Courses

CDS 130 Computing for Scientists 3
CDS 151 Data Ethics in an Information Society (Mason Core) 1
CDS 230 Modeling and Simulation I 3
CDS 301 Scientific Information and Data Visualization 3
CDS 302 Scientific Data and Databases 1 3
CDS 303 Scientific Data Mining 3
Total Credits 16

Extended Core Courses

Select 18 credits from the following: 18
CDS 101& CDS 102
Introduction to Computational and Data Sciences (Mason Core)
and Introduction to Computational and Data Sciences Lab (Mason Core)
Introduction to Computational Social Science
Introduction to Agent-based Modeling and Simulation
Introduction to Scientific Programming
Topics in Computational and Data Sciences
Introduction to Social Network Analysis (Mason Core)
Machine Learning Applications in Science
Modeling and Simulation II
Topics in Computational and Data Sciences
CSI 500
Computational Science Tools
CSI 501
Introduction to Scientific Programming
Total Credits 18

Mathematics Courses

Select 10-11 credits from the following: 10-11
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
Discrete Mathematics I (Mason Core)
Linear Algebra
Numerical Analysis I
Total Credits 10-11

Statistics Courses

Select 6 credits from the following: 6
Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)
Introductory Statistics II
Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I
Probability for Engineers
Total Credits 6

Science and Engineering Courses

Select 6 credits from either one of the following: 6
Any course offered by the College of Science or the Volgenau School of Engineering.
Total Credits 6

Mason Core and Elective Credits

In order to meet a minimum of 120 credits, this degree requires an additional 63-64 credits, which may be applied toward any remaining Mason Core requirements (outlined below), Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees, and elective courses. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisors to ensure that they fulfill all requirements.

Elective Course Suggestions

CDS 410 Numerical Analysis II 3
or MATH 447 Numerical Analysis II
CDS 421 Computational Data Science 3
CDS 461 Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo Simulations 3
CDS 487 Electronic Structure Computations 3
CDS 490 Directed Study and Research 1-3
CDS 491 Internship 1-3
CDS 492 Capstone in Data Science (Mason Core) 3

Mason Core

Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.

Foundation Requirements
Written Communication (ENGH 101) 3
Oral Communication 3
Quantitative Reasoning 3
Information Technology and Computing 3
Exploration Requirements
Arts 3
Global Understanding 3
Literature 3
Natural Science 7
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Western Civilization/World History 3
Integration Requirements
Written Communications (ENGH 302) 3
Writing-Intensive 1 3
Synthesis/Capstone 2 3
Total Credits 40