Questions on Studying Computational Physics in Undergrads

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Well,

I just learned that my department offers a Computational Physics sequences for 1 year.

From the syllabus, it seems computational physics involves numerical analysis and some simulations.

I want to know, is this a subject by itself (meaning there are some researches going on it, say, improvement on algorithms) or this is just a method of analyzing physical phenomena?

And if this actually a field in physics, what are the usual requirements to pursuing it?
Do we need advanced programming, or using more direct tools, say, Matlab?

Sorry for asking a lot of things. The idea of using computers solving physics seems interesting. More info on this topic is helpful.

Btw I'm in sophomore year right now.
 

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