A joint offering with San Diego State University (SDSU), the Ph.D. program in Computational Science trains professionals capable of developing novel computational approaches to solve complex problems in both fundamental sciences and applied sciences and engineering. A program of study combining applied mathematics, computing, and a solid training in basic science culminates in doctoral research focused on an unsolved scientific problem.
The Ph.D. in Computational Science produces broadly educated, research-capable scientists that are well prepared for diverse careers in academia, industry, business, and government research laboratories.
What Sets Us Apart?
Normative Time to Degree
Students are admitted into the joint program via a Joint Admissions Committee. Applicants should first apply using SDSU’s graduate application. Select students are then invited to apply using UCI’s graduate application.
Applicants are expected to hold a Bachelor’s degree in one of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their prior academic record and their potential for creative research and teaching, as demonstrated in submitted materials. These materials include official university transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and a Statement of Purpose.
Please visit SDSU's program website for more details.
Tuition & Fees
Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2018-19 (while enrolled at UCI)
|Fall 2018||Winter 2019||Spring 2019||Annual|
|Student Services Fee||376.00||376.00||376.00||1,128.00|
|Assoc. Grad Students Fee||9.00||9.00||9.00||27.00|
|Student Center Fee||137.88||137.88||137.87||413.63|
|Bren Events Center Fee||23.00||23.00||23.00||69.00|
|Recreation Center Fee||88.00||88.00||88.00||264.00|
|eTech Fee *||60.00||60.00||60.00||180.00|
|Document Fee †||80.00||0.00||0.00||80.00|
|Student Health Insurance||1,348.00||1,347.00||1,347.00||4,042.00|
|Total California Resident||$5,795.88||$5,794.88||$5,794.87||$17,385.63|
|Nonresident Supplemental Tuition||5,034.00||5,034.00||5,034.00||15,102.00|
Posted 10 August 2018 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2018-2019/graduate.html.
The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.
* The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.
† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.
University of California, Irvine Faculty
Jun F. Allard, Ph.D. University of British Columbia, Assistant Professor of Mathematics; Physics and Astronomy (Mathematical and computational biology)
Pierre F. Baldi, Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, UCI Chancellor's Professor of Computer Science; Biological Chemistry; Biomedical Engineering; Developmental and Cell Biology (Bioinformatics, computational biology)
Kieron Burke, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, Professor of Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy (Physical chemistry and chemical physics, polymer, materials, nanoscience, theoretical and computational)
Olivier Cinquin, Ph.D. University College London, Assistant Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology (Mathematical modeling of networks, systems biology)
Donald A. Dabdub, Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering (Mathematical modeling of urban and global air pollution, dynamics of atmospheric aerosols, secondary organic aerosols, impact of energy generation on air quality, chemical reactions at gas-liquid interfaces)
Kristen Davis, Ph.D. Stanford University, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Earth System Science (Coastal Dynamics)
Filipp Furche, Ph.D. University of Karlsruhe, Professor of Chemistry (Physical chemistry and chemical physics, theoretical and computational)
Wayne B. Hayes, Ph.D. University of Toronto, Associate Professor of Computer Science (Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology, Computer Vision Scientific and Numerical Computing)
Frithjof Kruggel, M.D., Ph.D. Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Biomedical signal and image processing, anatomical and functional neuroimaging in humans, structure-function relationship in the human brain)
Arthur D. Lander, Ph.D. University of California, San Francisco, Donald Bren Professor and Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology; Biomedical Engineering; Logic and Philosophy of Science; Pharmacology (Systems biology of development, pattern formation, growth control)
Feng Liu, Ph.D. Princeton University, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Computational fluid dynamics and combustion, aerodynamics, aeroelasticity, propulsion, turbomachinery aerodynamics and aeromechanics)
John S. Lowengrub, Ph.D. Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, UCI Chancellor's Professor of Mathematics; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (Applied and computational mathematics, mathematical and computational biology)
Ray Luo, Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park, Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (Protein structure, noncovalent associations involving proteins)
Eric D. Mjolsness, Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, Professor of Computer Science; Mathematics (Applied mathematics, mathematical biology, modeling languages)
David L. Mobley, Ph.D. University of California, Davis, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Chemistry (Chemical biology, physical chemistry and chemical physics, theoretical and computational)
Seyed Ali Mortazavi, Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, Assistant Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology (Functional genomics to study transcriptional regulation in development)
Shaul Mukamel, Ph.D. Tel Aviv University, UCI Distinguished Professor of Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy (Physical chemistry and chemical physics, polymer, materials, nanoscience, theoretical and computational)
Hung Nguyen, Ph.D. North Carolina State University, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (Computational Nanoscience of Functional Biomaterials & Complex Fluids)
Alexandru Nicolau, Ph.D. Yale University, Department Chair and Professor of Computer Science; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Architecture, parallel computation, programming languages and compilers)
Roger H. Rangel, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Fluid dynamics and heat transfer of multiphase systems including spray combustion, atomization and metal spray solidification, applied mathematics and computational methods)
Elizabeth L. Read, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (Dynamics of complex biochemical systems, regulation of immune responses)
Eric Rignot, Ph.D. University of Southern California, Donald Bren Professor of Earth System Science (Glaciology, climate change, radar remote sensing, ice sheet modeling, interferometry, radio echo sounding, ice-ocean interactions)
Timothy Rupert, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (Mechanical behavior, nanomaterials, structure property relationships, microstructural stability, grain boundaries and interfaces, materials characterization)
Hal S. Stern, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor of Statistics; Cognitive Sciences (Bayesian methods, model diagnostics, forensic statistics, and statistical applications in biology/health, social sciences, and sports)
Lizhi Sun, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (Micro- and nano-mechanics, composites and nanocomposites, smart materials and structures, multiscale modeling, elastography)
A. Lee Swindlehurst, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Signal processing, estimation and detection theory, applications in wireless communications, geo-positioning, radar, sonar, biomedicine)
Kevin Thornton, Ph.D. University of Chicago, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology School of Biological Sciences (Genome evolution, gene duplication, population genetics, adaptation)
Douglas J. Tobias, Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University, Professor of Chemistry (Atmospheric and environmental, chemical biology, physical chemistry and chemical physics, theoretical and computational)
Jasper A. Vrugt, Ph.D. University of Amsterdam, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Earth System Science (Complex systems, modeling, statistics, hydrology, geophysics, ecology, data, optimization, hydropower, data assimilation)
Yun Wang, Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Fuel cells, computational modeling, thermo-fluidics, two-phase flows, electrochemistry, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), turbulent combustion)
Daniel Whiteson, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Logic and Philosophy of Science (Particle Physics)
San Diego State University Faculty
Andy Cooksy, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry (Laser Spectroscopy, Reaction Dynamics, and Ab Initio Calculation of Free Radicals and Other Transient Molecule)
Chris Curtis, Ph.D., University of Washington, Assistant Professor of Mathematics (Fluid Mechanics, Modeling and Simulation, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Numerical Simulation)
Robert Edwards, Ph.D. University of Sussex, Brighton, England, Professor of Computer Science (Microbiology, Bioinformatics, and High Performance Computing)
Juanjuan Fan, Ph.D. University of Washington, Professor of Statistics (Multivariate Failure Time Data, Tree Based Methods, Genetic Epidemiology)
Jerome Gilles, Ph.D. Ecole Normale Supeieure, France, Assistant Professor of Mathematics (Applied Harmonic/Functional Analysis, Signal/Image Processing)
Ke Huang, Ph.D. University of Grenoble, France, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (VLSI Testing, Fault Modeling and Diagnosis. Machine Learning, Data Mining. Trustworthy ICs. Computer-Aided Design)
Gustav Jacobs, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, Professor of Aerospace Engineering (Computational Physics, High-Order Methods, Fluid and Plasma Dynamics)
Calvin Johnson, Ph.D. University of Washington, Professor of Physics (Theoretical and Computational Nuclear Structure and Nuclear Astrophysics)
Parag Katira, Ph.D., University of Florida, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Biomolecular Motors, Cell Mechanics, Mechanosensing, Tissue Dynamics, Soft Matter Interactions, Design of Active Materials)
David Kopriva, Ph.D. University of Arizona, Research Professor, CSRC at SDSU (Computational Mathematics, Numerical Analysis)
Sunil Kumar, Ph.D., Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Multimedia Traffic, Compression Techniques, Image Processing Techniques)
Lyuba Kuztnesova, Ph.D. Cornell University, Assistant Professor of Physics (Nanophotonics)
Richard Levine, Ph.D. Cornell University, Professor of Statistics (Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods, Environmental Statistics, Biostatistics, Bayesian Decision Theory)
Xiaobai Liu, Ph.D. Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, Assistant Professor of Computer Science (Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Computational Statistics and their applications to clinic diagnosis, sports, transportation, surveillance, video games and others)
Antonio Luque, Ph.D. University of Barcelona, Assistant Professor of Mathematics (Applied Mathematics, Biophysics, Physical Virology)
Duy Nguyen, Ph.D. McGill University, Canada, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Signal Processing, Communications, and Information Theories for Wireless Systems and Networks)
Kenneth Nollett, Ph.D. University of Chicago, Assistant Professor of Physics (Astrophysics and Nuclear Physics)
Christopher Paolini, Ph.D. San Diego State University, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Cyberinfrastructure, Computational Geochemistry)
Shangping Ren, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Professor of Computer Science (Cyber-Physical Systems, Real-Time Scheduling, and Cloud Computing)
Forest Rohwer, Ph.D. San Diego State University, Professor of Biology (Genomic Analysis of Phage, Diversity of Coral-associated Bacteria, Opportunistic Infections and Coral Disease)
Anca Segal, Ph.D. University of Utah, Professor of Biology (The Mechanism of Site-Specific Recombination; Structure/Function Analysis of Recombination Proteins)
Satish Sharma, Ph.D. Banaras Hindu University, India, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Electromagnetics Antennas)
Samuel Shen, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison, Albert W. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Mathematics (Statistical Climatology & Agroclimatology, Fluid Dynamcis & Forced Nonlinear Waves)
Nicholas Shikuma, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz, Assistant Professor of Biology (Molecular Mechanisms of Bacteria/Bacteriophage/Animal Interactions)
Patrick Shoemaker, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, Research Associate Professor CSRC at SDSU (Analog Integrated Circuit Design, Neurobiology, Neural Computation)
Usha Sinha, Ph.D. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, Professor of Physics (Medical and Imaging Physics, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Informatics)
Mauro Tambasco, Ph.D. University of Western Ontario, Associate Professor of Physics (Medical Physics)
Naveen Vaidya, Ph.D. York University, Canada, Assistant Professor of Mathematics (Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Biology, Disease Modeling, Differential Equations)
Satchi Venkataraman, Ph.D. University of Florida, Professor of Aerospace Engineering (Stuctural Mechanics, Design Optimization, Composite Materials, Biomechanics)
Wei Wang, Ph.D. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Associate Professor of Computer Science ( Cyber-Physical Systems, Wireless Multimedia Networking, Breast Cancer Image Processing)
Fridolin Weber, Ph.D. University of Munich, Germany, Albert W. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Physics (Superdense Matter, Astrophysics, General Relativity)
Tao Xie, Ph.D. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Professor of Computer Science (High-Performance Computing, Energy-Efficient Storage Systems, Parallel/Distributed Systems, and Security-Aware Scheduling)
Robert W Zeller, Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, Professor of Biology (Cell and Molecular Biology)