Advanced Scientific Computing, Certificate

This certificate is open to all masters and PhD students currently enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Penn Institute for Computational Science (PICS) offers the Advanced Scientific Computing Certificate. This is open to all MSE and PhD students enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania. The Certificate can be completed in one year, and courses may count towards other majors and degree requirements depending on the program.

Upon successful completion, students will:

  1. Develop unique skills at the nexus of high-performance scientific computing, data science, physical science and engineering.
  2. Become equipped to solve the complex scientific and technological problems that carry societal impact through theory and computing.
  3. Earn a Certificate of Advanced Scientific Computing which will appear on the student’s official Penn transcript.


In order to complete The Certificate of Advanced Scientific Computing students must:
1) Download, complete and submit the registration form. 1
2) Complete 4 courses. Options include:
1 CU in1
Algorithms and Computation
Analysis of Algorithms
Computer Animation
Big Data Analytics
Numerical Methods and Modeling
1 CU in1
Interactive Computer Graphics
Atomic Modeling in Materials Science
Multiscale Modeling of Chemical and Biological Systems
Master's Independent Study
2 CU Electives in:2
Machine Learning
Artificial Intelligence
Advanced Topics in Machine Learning
Data-driven Modeling and Probabilistic Scientific Computing
Applied Machine Learning
Introduction to High-Performance Scientific Computing
Modern Data Mining
Other course substitutions require prior approval
3) Attend at least 2 workshops hosted by PICS. 2
4) Attend 8 AMCS or PICS colloquium hosted on various Fridays from 2:00pm-3:00pm 3

Fill out the Registration Form and have it signed by your adviser. Submit the completed form via email or in person to Ravi Radhakrishnan.


More information on PICS workshops can be found here.


More information on AMCS or PICS colloquium can be found here.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2024 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.