Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Certificate Program
The Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Certificate Program offers highly qualified undergraduate students at The University of Texas at Austin an opportunity for in-depth study and research in computational science and engineering, including computational and applied mathematics, numerical simulation, scientific computation, and visualization.
The highlight of the program is the introduction of senior-level students to independent research on problems in computational science and engineering that have applications cutting across broad areas of the university. The certificate program is administered by the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES), which offers graduate degrees in Computational Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Upon completion of the course requirements, students receive certificate recognition on their University transcript and a letter from the Director of ICES that describes the program and work completed. These, plus supporting letters from supervising faculty and graduate mentors, are valuable assets for students applying to graduate school and pursuing competitive job opportunities.
The CSE Certificate Program is only for students currently enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin.
- 3.00 GPA
To earn the certificate, students must complete eighteen (18) credit hours (a minimum of 12 credit hours must be upper division) of approved coursework and earn a grade of C or better in each certificate course. A student’s overall GPA in certificate courses must be 3.00 or greater.
Students must take at least one course* in each of the following areas:
- Upper Division Mathematics (1 course, 3-4 credits)
- Basic Programming (1 course, 1-3 credits)
- Numerical Applications (1 course, 1-3 credits)
- Advanced Computing (1 course, 3 credits)
- Electives (≥ 1 course, ≥ 3 credits)
- Scientific Computing Project (1 course, 3 credits) - to be supervised by a member of the Computational Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (CSEM) graduate program faculty. The research project should be completed during the senior year, taken as a Research Methods/Individual Instruction class. The research project course may include mentoring by ICES post-doctoral fellows and CSEM graduate students as part of a vertical instructional research team.
* Student must have at least 18 hours of certificate coursework to earn certificate. If a 1-2 credit hour course is taken in one area, then it may be necessary for the student to take an additional course to bring their total to 18 credit hours.
Course substitutions within the broad area of computational science and engineering may be made with approval from the certificate program's faculty advisor.
View the entire list of approved CSE Certificate courses
Scientific Computing Project -- View the list of faculty who may supervise the Scientific Computing Project. NOTE: Project supervisor MUST be a member of the CSEM Graduate Studies Committee (NOT ICES Affiliated Faculty). For a list of specific faculty who are interested in supervising a project, along with research areas and potential project topics, please contact the Certificate Program Coordinator. In order to get credit for the Scientific Computing Project, you must submit the SCP Approval Form to the Certificate Program Coordinator, PRIOR to taking the project course (CSE 370).
Track your progress with the Course Requirements Worksheet
How to enroll
Submit a completed Certificate Program enrollment form (this is a fillable form with Adobe 7.0 or later) to the Certificate Program Coordinator.
Please direct questions to the Certificate Program Coordinator at: