Computational Science is a new and rapidly growing multi- and interdisciplinary field that uses advanced computing and data analysis to understand and solve complex problems. As a major in Computational Science at New College, you will work closely with faculty who have experience in the classroom as well as in the business world to design a personalized plan of study that combines advanced classes in areas like software engineering, computing for bioinformatics, data mining, and networks and algorithms, as well as labs, research and a senior thesis project that includes an extensive programming component. All are designed to give you a hand up when it comes to graduate school admission and career preparation.
Since this AOC (Area of Concentration) is what we call a "joint disciplinary" one, you cannot take Computational Science as a stand-alone major at New College, but instead must combine it with another complementary discipline, like Physics, Biology, Chemistry or Mathematics. This interdisciplinary aspect to our program offers students a great deal of flexibility when it comes to shaping the program to meet their unique academic interests and goals.
The success of our Computational Science program can be witnessed in the quality of our graduates and the career paths they take. Some pursue engineering, involved in aircraft design, integrated circuits, construction equipment and aerospace structures. Others are working in scientific computing in areas like biology (genetics and gene sequencing, design of new medications), chemistry (nanotechnology), environmental science (modeling of the effects of environmental hazards), geology (plate tectonics, erosion, etc) and meteorology. Others work in financial markets, physical education (kinesiology), acoustics and computer graphics for gaming. Regardless of their field, all point to New College as having played a huge role in their success.
As part of the State University System of Florida, New College of Florida is one of the few public liberal arts and sciences honors colleges in the United States. We’re known for our record number of Fulbright Scholars (more per capita than Harvard, Stanford or Yale) and for the high rate of our students going on to graduate school. We offer an individualized, thought-provoking and challenging academic experience. What does that mean? Hands-on research conducted side by side with your professors. Small, intimate classes. Detailed narrative evaluations from your professors. Independent study required to graduate. All in a stunning location right on the water in Sarasota, Florida.