Undergraduate Computational Physics Education: Uneven History and Promising Future
By Lori Cameron

Ask Richard F. Martin, physics professor at Illinois State University, about the state of computational physics education, and he’ll tell you it needs improvement.

As a highly specialized area of study, it attracts few students, causing some universities to drop the program altogether. Additionally, while the field of computational physics in general has made great progress since the mid-20th century, corresponding education programs have failed to keep pace.

That’s why Martin identifies several key factors for universities to consider when establishing undergraduate computational studies curriculum.

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About Lori Cameron

Lori Cameron is a Senior Writer for the IEEE Computer Society and currently writes regular features for Computer magazine, Computing Edge, and the Computing Now and Magazine Roundup websites. Contact her at l.cameron@computer.org. Follow her on LinkedIn.