This interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program in MCS is sponsored by Stanford's departments of Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Management Science & Engineering, providing students with a core of mathematics basic to all the mathematical sciences and an introduction to concepts and techniques of computation, optimal decision making, probabilistic modeling, and statistical inference.
Utilizing the faculty and courses of the departments listed above, this major prepares students for graduate study or employment in the mathematical and computational sciences or in those areas of applied mathematics which center around the use of computers and are concerned with the problems of the social and management sciences. A biology option is offered for students interested in applications of mathematics, statistics, and computer science to the biological sciences (bioinformatics, computational biology, statistical genetics, neurosciences); and in a similar spirit, an engineering and statistics option.
The mission of the Mathematical and Computational Science Program is to provide students with a core of mathematics basic to all the mathematical sciences and an introduction to concepts and techniques of computation, optimal decision making, probabilistic modeling and statistical inference. The program is interdisciplinary in its focus, and students are required to complete course work in mathematics, computer science, statistics, and management science and engineering. A computational biology track is available for students interested in biomedical applications. The program prepares students for careers in academic, financial and government settings as well as for study in graduate or professional schools.
The Program in Mathematical and Computational Science (MCS) offers a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical and Computational Science. Eligible students may also pursue a Bachelor of Science with Honors.
How to Declare the Major
To declare the major, a student should first meet with an MCS peer advisor to create a proposed study plan and then with the MCS student services officer to discuss the major. Students ordinarily have taken two of the required MATH 50 series courses and a core Statistics course prior to declaration. Once the student has created a proposed study plan, they should connect with the MCS student services officer and declare the major through Axess. Students should have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 to declare.
Suggested Preparation for the Major
Students ordinarily would have taken two of the required Math courses (course Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus, and Modern Applications/course Integral Calculus of Several Variables/course Ordinary Differential Equations with Linear Algebra) and one of the required Statistics core courses (course Theory of Probability, course Introduction to Applied Statistics) before declaring MCS during their freshman or sophomore year.