The new Computational and Data Sciences Undergraduate Program at George Mason University
Kirk Borne, John Wallin, and Robert Weigel
Abstract. We describe the new undergraduate science degree program in Computational and Data Sciences (CDS) at George Mason Univer- sity (Mason), which began offering courses for both major (B.S.) and minor degrees in Spring 2008. The overarching theme and goal of the program are to train the next-generation scientists in the tools and tech- niques of cyber-enabled science (e-Science) to prepare them to confront the emerging petascale challenges of data-intensive science. The Mason CDS program has a significantly stronger focus on data-oriented ap- proaches to science than do most computational science and engineering programs. The program has been designed specifically to focus both on simulation (Computational Science) and on data-intensive applications (Data Science). New courses include Introduction to Computational & Data Sciences, Scientific Data and Databases, Scientific Data & Infor- mation Visualization, Scientific Data Mining, and Scientific Modeling & Simulation. This is an interdisciplinary science program, drawing exam- ples, classroom materials, and student activities from a broad range of physical and biological sciences. We will describe some of the motiva- tions and early results from the program1 . More information is available at http://cds.gmu.edu/.