Mathematical models arise in a wide variety of fields: business, economics, engineering, finance, medicine, science, and many others. The application of computer methods to simulate such models was traditionally called "scientific computation," though the practice has spread far beyond its roots in science to encompass problems arising in all areas of society. The results of such simulations are numerical answers, formulae, data sets, plots, charts, and images that help us to understand the nature of the world around us, and allow us to predict and influence the future. Developing and analyzing such models involves a blend of mathematics and computer science. It includes issues such as the implications of finite precision arithmetic, the efficiency, accuracy, and stability of numerical computations, the development and maintenance of mathematical software, and the effects of modern developments in computer architectures and networks. Graduates of Computational Mathematics will be able to deploy effectively a wide range of mathematical and computational techniques in areas of application.
