Computational Sciences Minor

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Have you ever wanted to learn the latest in computing technologies and apply those skills to your specific field without needing to earn a degree in computer science? Would you like to be ahead of the competition in the job market with computing skills that will positively impact your career? The minor in computational sciences at Penn State may give you a leg up. 

Offered by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the computational sciences minor introduces students to the fundamental skills needed to apply computational techniques to their specific domains. The minor focuses on practical application of computing technologies for data analysis including foundations in programming, developing computational models, and constructing event-driven programs. 


The 18-credit computational sciences minor includes four courses on programming, the fundamentals of data science, and machine learning specifically developed for the program. Students customize the minor to suit their needs through two approved computing-related courses from their major disciplines. 

Required Courses

Supporting Courses

Six credits of 400-level courses from the approved list of supporting courses


To learn more about the computational sciences minor and how you can enroll, contact or Jack Sampson, associate professor of computer science and engineering and associate department head, at or Department of Computer Science and Engineering advising at

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  • Is Computational Sciences the Right Minor for Me?

  • The computational sciences minor provides students with the necessary skills to use computers to study and solve scientific, engineering, and data-centric problems across a wide range of disciplines.
  • Consider this minor if you:  

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  • Like to analyze and solve complex problems

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  • Excel in math

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  • Want to apply computational methods to your discipline


The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was created in the spring of 2015 to allow greater access to courses offered by both departments for undergraduate and graduate students in exciting collaborative research fields.

We offer B.S. degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering and data science and graduate degrees (master's degrees and Ph.D.'s) in electrical engineering and computer science and engineering. EECS focuses on the convergence of technologies and disciplines to meet today’s industrial demands.

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Pennsylvania State University

207 Electrical Engineering West

University Park, PA 16802


Department of Computer Science and Engineering


Department of Electrical Engineering