Computational Science Course


$1,000 for 2 college credit hours; $100 deposit is due upon admission

Date & Time

Session I: June 14 - July 1 (M,W,F) at 9 a.m. - Noon CST Session I is now CLOSED

Session II* (Updated Online): July 19 - August 6 (M,W,F) at 9 a.m. - Noon CST Session II is now CLOSED

*When applying for session II please select Computational Science Residential (Updated Online) within the application portal.

Program Registration

To register for this program, please create an account in our application portal using the button below. Once you create an account and log in, start a new "Pre-Collegiate Summer Application" and select the program you'd like to register for.

Thank you for your interest in Illinois Tech Summer programs. Summer 2021 has concluded. Please check back in January for Summer 2022 programs!



Program Overview

Are you a college or advanced high school student interested in science, math, and computation? Learn about these topics in exciting and unconventional ways by enrolling in Illinois Tech’s Computational Science course for high school students. The course will integrate math and science with computation as a unifying concept.

Using real-world tools such as Mathematica, students will learn how to take an idea or question and find ways to formulate it for a computer. The course consists of hands-on activities and minimal lecturing. At the end of the program, students will acquire better computational thinking, a skill that is critical in an increasingly technological world.

Students who successfully complete the course will receive two credit hours of college credit for the course SCI 111. This course may be applied to the Illinois Tech curriculum as an elective. 

Eligibility and Program Requirements

Rising 10th–12th graders. Completion of Algebra II and interest in fast-paced coursework is highly recommended.

Upon registration, students must submit the following in order to confirm enrollment in the program:

  • Program fee
  • Parental consent form, which will be sent by email via DocuSign

Access to a laptop or desktop computer, stable internet access, and the ability to download and install software is required. The program will take place online using Blackboard Collaboration and the Zoom platform. Students will be asked to download the software Mathematica, which is included in your course fee. In order for the program to be as interactive as possible, students are encouraged to use their webcam during the synchronous sessions. Students participating in Illinois Tech online summer programs must be at least 14 years of age to participate. View Zoom privacy policy.


Kiah Wah Ong, Senior Lecturer of Applied Mathematics


  • Earn two college credits
  • Participants are admitted to Illinois Tech as non-degree students
  • Participants who perform well may request a letter of recommendation
  • Enhance your resume by adding academic university experience
  • Explore possible college majors by delving deeply into a variety of topics

Course completion does not guarantee admission to Illinois Tech degree-seeking programs. 

Why Computational Science?

Come experience Computational Science at Illinois Tech and learn why it was ranked a Top 50 Summer Program in the country!

What will you learn in the Computational Science Course? 

  1. Basic implementation of Mathematica code. 
  2. Problems in number theory. 
  3. Manipulate data such as data in astronomy and biology. 
  4. Generating fractal images and random walks. 
  5. Using Mathematica to solve optimization problems. 
  6. Using differential equations to model and solve problems in science and engineering