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Computational Science and Engineering using Java


This course is an introduction to computational science, an interdisciplinary method of scientific inquiry. Students will develop a working knowledge of Java, the most important new computer language to arise in the last decade. Students will also gain experience with the fundamental ideas of calculus and its application in science and engineering. The emphasis of the course is scientific programming, and not simply learning Java. The Java language is used as a tool in building mathematical models that are of interest to scientists and engineers.

Evaluation: Each student will receive a grade on the basis of the completion of the assigned programs, the completion and quality of a few writing assignments, the completion of an experimental design project (group activity), and the completion of a final modeling project that includes an online presentation (group project).


  • Learn how to apply mathematical modeling techniques to solve scientific and engineering problems
  • Develop a working knowledge of Java, including object-oriented programming and user interface design
  • Gain experience with the application of calculus
  • Develop project-construction skills


VHS courses follow an academic calendar and run for 15 weeks:

Fall 2018

Sept 5th - Dec 18th, 2018 (15 wks)

Spring 2019

January 23rd - May 7th 2019, (15 wks)


Two years of algebra, one year of geometry, one year of a laboratory science; the class is designed as a first course in programming for science and engineering. This course is not intended for students who have completed the course “Computer Science Honors” or an Advanced Placement course in computer science.

Online Text

How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: Java Version – A computer science textbook by Allan Downey

Click HERE to see the course syllabus


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