Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Computational Science

Computational Science is a modern interdisciplinary field that focuses on solving scientific problems computationally. It combines advanced methods and tools from applied mathematics and computer science to study real-world scientific problems, often by using computer simulations and modeling. Students interested in becoming computational scientists, can start off on the right foot at Siena College.

​Program Highlights

  • Only a handful of colleges in the United States offer a major/minor in computational science at the undergraduate level.
  • Students acquire skills in the areas of programming, simulation and modeling, numerical methods and applied mathematics, computer visualization techniques, computational tools and applications to natural sciences and technical communication.
  • Access to the High Performance Computing Cluster, allowing students to perform cutting edge computational research.
  • The computational science program is highly interdisciplinary, combining mathematics, physics, computer science and applied computational techniques.
  • The presence of large nanotech and biotech companies in the Capital Region puts Siena’s graduates in an excellent position when looking for jobs, entering careers in industry or government labs or pursuing graduate studies.

Careers

Computational Science students are well-prepared for graduate studies at prestigious universities or for careers in information technology, high-tech manufacturing, engineering design, computational physics, computational biology, computational chemistry, computational finance and computer graphics.

Physics and Astronomy

The Physics and Astronomy Department at Siena College is a friendly, close-knit department where students are welcomed as peers. We offer degrees in physics and computational science, as well as minors in astronomy and astrophysics. Our accomplished faculty and well-funded research programs make Siena a dynamic and rewarding place to study physics and astronomy.

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Career Opportunities

Computer Science Professors teach courses in computer science. May specialize in a field of computer science, such as the design and function of computers or operations and research analysis. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Job titles include: Professor, Instructor, Computer Science Professor, Computer Information Systems Instructor (CIS Instructor), Information Technology Instructor (IT Instructor), Computer Science Instructor, Faculty Member, Associate Professor, Lecturer, Assistant Professor

Wages:

The median annual wage was $72,200 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Computer Systems Analysts analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.

Job titles include: Systems Analyst, Programmer Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, Computer Systems Analyst, Computer Systems Consultant, Computer Analyst, Information Systems Analyst (ISA), Applications Analyst, Business Analyst, Systems Engineer

Wages:

The median annual wage was $79,680 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22%+ (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Information Technology Project Managers plan, initiate, and manage information technology (IT) projects. Lead and guide the work of technical staff. Serve as liaison between business and technical aspects of projects. Plan project stages and assess business implications for each stage. Monitor progress to assure deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met.

Job titles include: IT Manager, IT Project Manager, Manager of IT, Program Manager, Project Manager, Project Manager/Team Coach, Senior Lead Project Manager, Senior Project Leader/Team Lead, Technical Project Lead (Project Manager), Transition Program Manager

Wages:

The median annual wage was $81,140 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Computer and Information Systems Managers plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming. Job titles include: Information Technology Manager (IT Manager), Information Technology Director (IT Director), Information Systems Director (IS Director), Data Processing Manager, MIS Director (Management Information Systems Director), Information Systems Manager (IS Manager), Information Systems Supervisor (IS Supervisor), Computing Services Director, Director of Application Development and Technical Services Manager.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $120,950 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Computer Systems Engineers/Architects design and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions. Job titles include: Systems Engineer, Electronic Data Interchange System Developer (EDI System Developer) and System Architect.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $81,140 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Computer Programmers create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.

Job titles include: Programmer Analyst, Programmer, Analyst Programmer, Computer Programmer, Software Developer, Applications Developer, Computer Programmer Analyst, Internet Programmer, Java Developer and Web Programmer.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $74,280 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Database Administrators Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.

Job titles include: Database Administrator (DBA), Database Analyst, Database Administration Manager, Database Coordinator, Database Programmer, Information Systems Manager, Management Information Systems Director (MIS Director), Programmer Analyst, Systems Manager

Wages:

The median annual wage was $77,080 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Network and Computer Systems Administrators install, configure, and support an organization’s local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. May administer network security measures.

Job titles include: Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist), Local Area Network Administrator (LAN Administrator), Information Technology Manager (IT Manager), Information Technology Director (IT Director), Systems Engineer, Network Manager and Network Specialist

Wages:

The median annual wage was $72,560 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Computer and Information Research Scientists conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.

Job titles include: Computer Scientist, Control System Computer Scientist, Scientific Programmer Analyst

Wages:

The median annual wage was $102,190 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 15-21% growth (fast than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Technology is one of the most pervasive forces in our society today – we use it both to connect and detach, to save time and to waste it – so we’re especially dependent on those who make their living by creating, powering and supporting our electronics and information systems.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the information technology industry is expected to grow 47% by 2020.