In the Department of Physical and Natural Sciences, introductory courses are offered across the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Geography, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics.
From this department, we offer three majors: Environmental Studies, Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.
The Program in Environmental Studies (EVS) provides students with a comprehensive understanding of varied environmental issues using an interdisciplinary approach that synthesizes an understanding of the science as well as the socio-economic implications of these issues. It focuses on the study of various environmental issues such as climate change and global warming; contamination and pollution of the environment; food and energy needs; and the sociocultural, economic and political relationships between man and the environment.
The Environmental Studies major combines understanding of natural sciences, physical sciences and social sciences to equip students to develop a critical understanding of the environment and significant environmental issues through the study of both scientific concepts as well as their sociocultural, economic and political implications. The courses are designed to include laboratory, field and project-based experiences.
The Program specific courses introduce students to basic concepts in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Ecology, Earth Sciences and Environmental Studies; which then forms that basis of their advanced training in the areas of Climate Change, Biodiversity documentation and Conservation Biology, Remote Sensing and Environmental Impact Assessment.
FACULTY AND AREAS OF INTEREST
Prof. Andrea Phillott - andrea.phillott[@]flame.edu.in
Marine Wildlife Biology and Ecology, Conservation Biology, Conservation Social Science
Prof. Abhineety Goel - abhineety.goel[@]flame.edu.in
Forest and Communities, Resource Governance, Development, Political Ecology, India
Prof. Prasad Pathak - prasad.pathak[@]flame.edu.in
GIS, Remote Sensing, Urban Studies, Urban Heat Island, Energy, Urban Lifestyle and Health
Prof. Shweta Rana - shweta[@]flame.edu.in
Biofertilizers, Sustainable Agriculture, Biodiversity Studies, Genetics and Evolutionary Biology
The Applied Mathematics program at FLAME University deals with those fields of mathematics that are fundamental to the modeling and simulation of phenomena straddling diverse disciplines of the physical and natural sciences, the social sciences, and business. The program teaches students to analyze a real-world problem in mathematical terms (also known as Mathematical Modeling), and to use analytical and computational techniques to then solve such problems.
This major teaches students to become adept in the use of mathematical techniques along these lines. In an initial sequence of courses, certain essential principles are understood. At the intermediate level, the theoretical foundation is strengthened by introducing subjects that form the backbone of Applied Mathematics, while also introducing the students to some of the fields of application. At the advanced level students are taught advanced computational techniques.
The program prepares the student to specialize in fields such as Applied Mathematics, Economics, Finance, Statistics, Optimization, and Environment sciences among others. Equipped with modeling and computational skills, a student can pursue research not only in the conventional Applied Mathematics areas but also in any area that requires mathematical modeling and computational proficiency such as modeling in Biology, Ecology, Social Sciences, Actuarial Sciences and Finance.
FACULTY AND AREAS OF INTEREST
Prof. Santosh Kudtarkar- sant[@]flame.edu.in
Spintronics, Applications of Field Theory to Condensed Matter, Statistical Physics and Mathematical Modeling.
Prof. Nitin Upadhyaya - nitin.upadhyaya[@]flame.edu.in
Topological Mechanisms, Kink-antikink Symmetry, Metamaterials, Super Symmetric Field Theory.
Prof. Renu Dhadwal - renu[@]flame.edu.in
Polymer Flows in Industrial Processes, Non-newtonian Fluid Mechanics.
Prof. Indrani Rao - indrani.rao[@]flame.edu.in
K Theory, C* Algebras, Functional Analysis.
Prof. Karpur Shukla - karpur.shukla[@]flame.edu.in
Conformal Field Theory, AdS/CFT Correspondence and Holography, Geometry of Quantum States, Quantum Thermodynamics and Information
The BSc(Hons) in Computer Science at FLAME is situated within the broad context of liberal education. While it provides a strong foundation in the theoretical and practical aspects of the discipline, the approach is inter-disciplinary with a heavy focus on the understanding and solution of computational problems that arise in the social sciences, humanities, business, Design, or the physical and natural sciences.
The computer science curriculum is composed of four broad requirements that includes the core, breadth, depth and a project. While the core lays a strong foundation, the breadth shall survey the areas in which computing plays a role. The depth shall include specialised courses in data mining, artificial intelligence, computer security in addition to other applications. The program culminates in the graduation project which provides a platform for applying the learnings to solve a problem of practical interest.
The program equips students with a strong technical foundation to creatively apply computational technologies to solve problems of practical interest with courses like Introduction to Computational modelling,Orinciples of Operating Systems, Principles of Software Engineering and Fundamentals of Computer Security amongst others.