Indiana University has developed an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental Ph.D. minor in Scientific Computing. This is a formal recognition of changes in science that have been prominent over the past two decades, introducing a powerful and entirely new mode of research.
The increasing availability of high performance computers has led to a method of scientific inquiry based on mathematical models solved by means of numerical computations, analyzed and viewed by means of advanced computer graphics. Carrying out research by these means is necessarily interdisciplinary, calling on advanced skills in areas that span many classical divisions of academia. The Ph.D. minor in scientific computing enables the interdepartmental education necessary to best equip students for research within this new paradigm.