Innovative computational science minor program expanded to students at 11 colleges, universities

RRSCS logoComputer modeling, simulation skills add real market value to bachelor’s degrees

Columbus, Ohio — August 12, 2008 — Beginning this fall, students at two additional colleges in Ohio will have the unique opportunity to enhance the market value of their bachelor’s degrees by earning a minor in computational science.

Two schools, Stark State College in Canton and Owens Community College in Perrysburg, have recently announced their decision to join nine charter colleges and universities involved in the “virtual” program. Through the Ralph Regula School of Computational Science, students at any participating institution can register for courses offered on their home campus or via distance learning for courses offered at any other participating campus.

Charter-member institutions include Capital University, Central State University, Columbus State Community College, Kent State University, The Ohio State University, Sinclair Community College, University of Cincinnati, Wittenberg University and Wright State University. Several additional two-year and four-year colleges and universities also have shown interest in participating in the program.

A minor in computer modeling and simulation provides student with skills highly sought by employers in this rapidly growing field. Students learn to use computers to create mathematical models to help them simulate, understand and visualize natural and mechanical processes to solve complex business, technical and academic problems.

A relatively new field of study, computational science already has produced numerous critically important innovations and is commonly used in product development, DNA sequencing, drug design, financial analysis and weather forecasting.

The minor program is coordinated through the Ralph Regula School of Computational Science, in collaboration with the Ohio Board of Regents, Ohio Supercomputer Center, Ohio Learning Network, and Ohio’s colleges and universities.

The Ralph Regula School, an educational initiative of the Ohio Supercomputer Center, does not offer degrees on its own. Instead, this unique school draws upon the resources and expertise of Ohio’s colleges and universities to develop and offer coursework for academic degree programs and certificates.

Celebrating more than 20 years of service, the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) is a catalytic partner of Ohio universities and industries that provides a reliable high performance computing and high performance networking infrastructure for a diverse statewide/regional community including education, academic research, industry, and state government. Funded by the Ohio Board of Regents, OSC promotes and stimulates computational research and education in order to act as a key enabler for the state's aspirations in advanced technology, information systems, and advanced industries. For additional information, visit http://www.osc.edu.