Dr. Mina Sartipi, Program Coordinator
(423) 425-5336 or email at Mina-Sartipi@utc.edu
The purpose of the Computer Science concentration within the Computational Science PhD program is to prepare graduates to apply computing skills and innovations to advanced computational science design, modeling, simulation, and analytics for interdisciplinary applications. Graduates will also be prepared to contribute their expertise in an environment of interdisciplinary teamwork and impact national critical infrastructure areas such as security, energy, medical and healthcare, manufacturing, and transportation. The Computer Science concentration in Computational Science thereby offers a unique educational environment in which students participate in interdisciplinary team research, with exposure to real-world problems and opportunities with significant interactions with multiple researchers. Admission to the Computational Science: Computer Science program is open to qualified Bachelor’s or Master’s graduates of recognized curricula in engineering, mathematics, computer science, or related natural sciences. Although students with a bachelor’s degree can be admitted into the doctoral program without first obtaining a master’s degree, these students are strongly encouraged to apply instead for admission into the Master of Science degree program in Computer Science. Each student’s Program of Study, including possible prerequisite requirements, is tailored to his or her background and research goals. Each applicant is advised about any prerequisite courses before entering the doctoral program. Students entering the program from outside computer science should have a strong background in mathematics and physical sciences, and may be required to take prerequisite classes in computer science and/or mathematics depending on their background.
- A total of 72 semester hours beyond the Bachelor’s degree is required.
- A minimum of 24 semester hours are required in Doctoral Research and Dissertation.
- 6 semester hours in Computer Science must be selected from:
If this is partially or fully met as part of the student’s Master’s degree program, then an additional 3 to 6 semester hours of graduate coursework in Computer Science or other disciplines related to the student’s dissertation topic (approved by the student’s supervisor) will be required.
- 6 semester hours in Mathematics must be selected from:
If this requirement is partially or fully met as part of the student’s Master’ degree program, then an additional 3 to 6 semester hours of graduate coursework on Computer Science or other disciplines related to the student’s dissertation topic (approved by the student’s supervisor) will be required.
- An additional 12 semester hours of graduate coursework will be selected from Computer Science courses that ware related to the student’s dissertation topic.
- A minimum of 6 semester hours of courses is required at the 7000 level. These are exclusive of thesis or dissertation credit. The student’s supervisory committee can approve a student’s petition to replace one 7000-level course with one or more 5000-level course(s) that are more appropriate.
- An additional 24 semester of graduate coursework is required. This can be credited for having a master’s degree or taking an additional 24 semester hours of coursework in Computer Science or other disciplines related to the student’s dissertation topic (approved by the student’s supervisor).