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The Certificate in Scientific Computation & Data Sciences is available to all undergraduates interested in the use of mathematical, statistical and computer-based techniques to investigate complex systems. Students must complete 18 semester hours of courses including an independent research project.


Computation is transforming the process of scientific discovery as an increasing number of scientific endeavors utilize significant computational resources. Predictions and hypothesis from traditional hypothesis driven science can now be assessed and substantiated with computation. These computational resources are also the major driving force behind the newer and complementary data-driven science. 

This certificate program provides undergraduates with an opportunity to enrich their field of study, albeit biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, economics, or medicine with applied computation, ranging from the development of and analysis with algorithm, database, statistical or visualization code. This program is fulfilled with a series of computational classes, and culminated with an individual project that utilizes computation to address a scientific inquiry.  

How to Apply

All current undergraduate students may apply at the following link: CLICK HERE

Course Requirements

Course requirements depend on which undergraduate catalog the student plans to earn the certificate under.



Note: All Topics courses must receive prior approval to be included in the certificate coursework.


The culminating requirement for the Certificate in Scientific Computation is that you conduct original research and write a research paper on some aspect of scientific computation. The paper might present original work or discuss a new technique. This original project should clearly apply the tools and techniques of computation to a scientific discipline in the pursuit of new knowledge. 

Please read through the following documents for a description of the research paper process and information on how to register for SDS 379R:

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the requirements?

A: You will complete 18 semester hours, including a research project, as specified in the coursework guidelines. You must earn a letter grade of C- or better in all courses required for certification.

Q: How do I sign up?

A: CLICK HERE and log-in with your EID and password.  Select Statistics and Data Sciences and then the certificate you want to apply to.

Q: How do I know my current progress towards the certificate’s requirements?
A: You can request an interactive degree audit at the following link: CLICK HERE

Q: Can Certificate courses also fulfill my degree requirements?
A: Some courses that are required by the certificate will also fulfill degree requirements established by a student's major department. 

Q: Will the certificate appear on my transcript?

A: Yes, your official UT transcript will state that you completed the Undergraduate Certificate Program in Scientific Computation.

Contact and Office Hours

Have more questions about this certificate or the application process?  Come to an "office hours" session to find out more:

*No summer office hours will be scheduled.  Check back in the fall for more office hour times and locations!

For additional information, email Sally Ragsdale at stat.certificates[@]austin[dot]utexas[dot]edu.