Computational Science Course

Note: This program's format has been changed to online-only due to ongoing COVID-19 safety precautions around in-person programming for the summer. 


Online: $1000 for 2 college credit hours; $100 deposit is due upon admission

Non-residential: $1,395; $100 deposit due upon admission - not offered for summer 2021

Residential (on-campus living included): $2,395 per student; $100 deposit due upon admission - not offered for summer 2021

Date & Time

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

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

Application Process

To apply 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 apply for. You will receive an application decision within a few weeks of submitting your application.



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


Online only


  • 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. 

Program Description

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. 

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 

This program is capped at 20 students to allow our participants to have an individualized experience. Students will be housed in double rooms within our State Street Village residence hall with our summer program interns. 

Sample Daily Schedule

8 a.m.Breakfast 

9 a.m.—noon: Instruction with Dr. Kiah Ong

Noon—1 p.m.: Lunch 

1—4 p.m.: Project time with Illinois Tech graduate student

4—6 p.m.: Activities and downtime with Illinois Tech summer intern

6—7 p.m.: Dinner 

7—10 p.m.: Activities and downtime with Illinois Tech summer intern

10 p.m.: Residential hall check-in for the night

Sample Weekend Activities: Beach day on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Chicago White Sox game and more

Sample Weekday Activities: Game night, Bowling at Illinois Tech Bog, and gaming at the Esports arena

Covid-19 Note

Based on local and national guidelines around COVID-19, we have determined that this program should be run online in Summer 2021. The total cost of the program will be reduced, and your deposit will be applied toward the new program cost. Deposits are fully refundable until May 15. Please reference the refund policy for more information. 


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