Computational Physics is an interdisciplinary field that in recent years has emerged as a new and distinct discipline.

It is a highly functional mixture of applied mathematics, computer science, and physics. Computational physicists bring computing skills to the solution of scientific problems—an approach traditional majors do not offer.

At Siena, you will perform cutting-edge computational research in our High Performance Computing Cluster and study in close proximity to the region’s large nanotech and biotech companies.

Your Future Success

Graduates are prepared for employment in research laboratories, business, academia, and high-tech companies.

Computational Physicists master technical skills, including mathematical formulation and analysis of problems, the use of software packages and computer algorithms, simulations and modeling, numerical analysis, visualization, and programming. All valuable skills that together with a multidisciplinary background, make computational scientists highly sought after by employers


Students may elect to major or minor in Computational Physics.

Courses for the Computational Physics program at Siena are distributed among three departments: computer science, mathematics, and physics.

  • For the major, seven courses are required in each of the three participating departments, plus a capstone course that may be elected in any one of the three departments.
  • For the minor, three courses are required in each department.

A student planning to major in Computational Physics should consult each semester with the Computational Physics program director.