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Modeling and Simulation Certificate in Computing and Informatics

Modeling and simulation are widely-used tools in understanding and solving numerous and diverse problems in the practice of scientific inquiry and engineering design. The M&S certificate program is intended for students who are interested in developing a deep understanding of how natural phenomena or man-made systems can be described by computational models and simulated by computing systems. The certificate program will focus on the computational and informatics aspects of modeling and simulation, including implementing mathematical models in computer software, designing efficient algorithms, and executing simulation on modern computing platforms so as to better understand the characteristics and predict the behavior of real systems and phenomena.

All students (new and current) must submit the Enrollment Form for Modeling and Simulation Certificate in Computing and Informatics.

Candidates for the program must have a 4-year Bachelor's degree from an accredited academic institution. The program requires a student to take four of the following courses (12 credit hours). Each course has a normal letter grade. The student is expected to obtain a C or better in each course and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

The courses are listed below. Additional electives may be added in future.

Core Course: (required)
  • MSIM601 Introduction to Modeling and Simulation - 3 credits
Foundation Elective Courses: (select at most two from the following)
  • CS517 Computational Methods and Software - 3 credits
  • CS578 Computational Geometry, Methods and Applications - 3 credits
  • CS586 Introduction to Parallel Computing - 3 credits
  • CS600 Algorithms and Data Structures - 3 credits
Advanced Elective Courses: (select at least one from the following)
  • CS712/812 Stochastic Modeling - 3 credits
  • CS713/813 Modeling and Simulation in Computational Biology - 3 credits
  • CS714/814 Monte Carlo Simulation - 3 credits
  • CS715/815 Medical Image Computing and Simulations - 3 credits
  • CS716/816 Communication Networks Simulation and Evaluation - 3 credits
  • CS722/822 Machine Learning - 3 credits
  • CS723/823 Introduction to Bioinformatics - 3 credits
  • CS724/824 High Performance Computing with GPUs for Large Scale Simulations - 3 credits
  • CS725/825 Information Visualization - 3 credits
  • CS726/826 Applications of Graphs in Bioinformatics - 3 credits

Graduate Certificate Program in Cyber Security (On-line)

Currently, there is a high demand for professionals in the area of cyber security. The proposed on-line certificate program, which may be completed in one year, is designed to train working professionals in computer science and related fields, in cyber security. The program will be fully on-line to meet the demands of the working professional. A student can obtain a graduate certificate in Cyber security by successfully completing four courses within one year (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters). These courses could also be used as part of the MS in CS degree program, if the student so decides.

The courses offered under this program may be taken by current students or new students. A student must first apply to the certificate program and be admitted to the program to be eligible to receive the certificate. To apply, students not enrolled at ODU must first apply to ODU as a non-degree-seeking student. All students (new and current) must submit the certificate program enrollment form. A student admitted to this program may subsequently apply for MS in CS. If admitted, the courses taken during the certificate program may be considered towards the MS program.

Candidates for the program must have a 4-year Bachelor's degree from an accredited academic institution with a computer science-related major and at least a 3.0 GPA. The program requires a student to take four of the following courses. Each course has a normal letter grade. The student is expected to obtain a C or better in each course and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

The courses are listed below. A student seeking the graduate certificate must register for each of these courses at the 500-level. Additional electives may be added in future. All the courses offered in this program will be on-line.
  • CS562 Cybersecurity Fundamentals - 3 credits
  • CS563 Cryptography for Cybersecurity - 3 credits
  • CS564 Networked Systems Security - 3 credits
  • CS565 Information Assurance - 3 credits