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Comprehensive Exam

The objective of the comprehensive examination is to assess depth and breadth of knowledge in the emphasis area and readiness to undertake dissertation research. The comprehensive examination includes a written portion and an optional oral portion. The need for the oral portion is determined by the supervisory committee.

The written portion consists of written responses to a series of questions from three topical areas, chosen from the following four areas: (1) MATH 527 Intro to Applied Math for Scientists & Engineers and MATH 572 Computational Statistics, (2) CS 565/MATH 565 Numerical Methods I and CS 566/MATH 566 Numerical Methods II, (3) CS 507 Computing Foundations for Computational Science, and Select CS 530 Parallel Computing or ME 571 Parallel Scientific Computing, and (4) application area approved by the supervisory committee.