SISTA is a school within the College of Science at the University of Arizona. SISTA was set up to promote interdisciplinary research and education (see some of our projects) and will grow in focal areas that bridge computation and other fields.
SISTA by the Numbers
Students can now earn a BS, BA, or undergraduate minor, with graduate programs planned to begin in 2012.
Current undergraduates come from areas as diverse as music, biology, computer science, and nursing.
$800K from the National Science Foundation to spend on course development.
14 brand new courses being taught by faculty in 8 departments, with more in the works.
21 Active grants and contracts with faculty in 19 departments at UA and elsewhere.
$17.17M in commitments. $2,851,000 in fiscal year 2009-10 research expenditures.
SISTA supports 21 PhD students in 5 different departments, 4 postdocs, several MS students, and Conacyt and Fulbright students.
In 2011, SISTA faculty and students presented over 40 papers at over 20 conferences in 5 countries.
The toolbox of computational thinking includes dozens of methods for solving general classes of problems. These methods came from computer science, linguistics, statistics, electrical engineering, operations research, and other fields; all grounded in programming languages, statistics and probability theory, logic and discrete mathematics.
The SISTA curriculum has three tiers. The first consists of core courses covering material relevant to many disciplines. The middle tier comprises thematic courses that deal with common themes such as finding structure in data, and networks in computer science, biology, ecology and sociology. The final tier consists of major courses, which cover more advanced and specialized topics specific to a small number of disciplines.
See the Curriculum page for details.