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Prospective Students

CMDA educates computational problem solvers.  Do you want to gain insights from data, develop models of the world, and compute fast enough to matter?  CMDA majors deploy these skills across many passions, from climate science to sports analytics, from financial modeling to cybersecurity.  If you enjoy combining cutting-edge ideas from statistics, applied math, and computer science, you are a great match for CMDA.

CMDA Degree Options

 

Standard Option

The most common option — with restricted electives, you can specialize in computer science, math, or statistics, or develop breadth across these disciplines.

Biological Sciences

Build a foundation in biology, then specialize in topics such as cell cycle modeling, population ecology, or infectious disease spread.

Cryptography & Cybersecurity

Apply data skills in the modern security environment, equipped with an advanced sequence in cryptography and additional courses in computer science.

Economics

With a background in micro and macroeconomics and econometrics, apply data science for crafting public policy, banking or finance.

Geosciences

Apply data and modeling to learn how the planet works, then specialize in applications of CMDA to climate change or energy.

Physics

Combine CMDA with a deep dive into physics, to learn from the voluminous data produced by modern physics experiments.

CMDA Alumni

Parks smiles at camera wearing a VT beanie and gray winter coat

David Parks | Class of 2020
Master’s program in Data/Physiology at Marquette.

April 8, 2019 – 2019 Outstanding Student in the College of Science, Aimee Maurais, on the Huckleberry Trail just outside Virginia Tech's campus. (Photo by Christina Franusich/Virginia Tech)

Aimee Maurais

Aimee Maurais | Class of 2019
Graduate Student at MIT

Chase Ginther

Chase Ginther | Class of 2017
Data Scientist at Snowflake (previously at Nielsen, Deloitte)

Mark Embree, professor of mathematics, with students in his Computational Modeling and Data Analytics capstone project class.

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