This site is accessible using any internet enabled device but will look best in a modern graphical browser that supports web standards.

Jump To: Content | Navigation

Mathematics and Computer Science

CHAIR: Michael R. Kelly, Ph.D., Office: 540 Monroe Hall
WEB PAGE: http://cas.loyno.edu/mathcs/

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers three undergraduate degree programs–bachelor of science in mathematics, bachelor of science in computer science, and bachelor of science in computer information systems. In the future, the major source of employment for the mathematician and the computer scientist will continue to be industry, business, and other analytical fields. Employers will be concerned less about the actual degree than with the diversity of the student’s experiences. They will expect more than a superficial knowledge of either mathematics or computer science. They will also expect the student to be experienced in communicating with people such as engineers, managers, and stockholders, whose activity is outside the discipline of the mathematical sciences.

Since individual courses of study are peculiar to each student, a faculty adviser is assigned to a student at registration for the first semester. The faculty adviser will endeavor to tailor a particular program for the student with a proper mixture of adjunct and elective courses.

The faculty hold active memberships in a number of professional organizations: the Mathematical Association of America, the American Mathematical Society, the Association for Computing, the Association of Information Technology Professionals, the IEEE Computer Society, and the American Statistical Association, to name a few. The faculty have been chosen because of their different backgrounds and their ability to make one cohesive department with several degree programs.

MATHEMATICS PROGRAM

There are many reasons for students to choose a major in mathematics. To meet the broad interests of all mathematical scholars, the department offers flexibility in its programs.

The mathematics student is encouraged to obtain as broad an educational experience as possible by selecting elective courses from several other disciplines in such diverse fields as physics, chemistry, economics, computer science, history, sociology, language, biology, psychology, music, English, business administration, and others.

The basic program is designed for the student wishing to have a career where mathematics might be used directly or indirectly, for example, in aeronautics, electronics, marketing, social engineering, opinion analysis, insurance, accounting, automation, management, computer applications, sales, teaching, and government operations or research.

Several minors are available to the student majoring in mathematics. Minors such as biology, chemistry, computer science, business/economics, and physics are easy to fit into the mathematics major curriculum and can help broaden a student’s career opportunities.

The departmental honors program is designed to prepare the student for graduate work in mathematics. The departmental honors program requires a GPA of 3.0 in mathematics courses and two additional courses in mathematics; one at the 300 level or higher and the second is MATH A498, which has a research thesis component.

The mathematics program may be tailored to meet the needs of students interested in industrial applied mathematics, biomathematics, or mathematical statistics.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE–MATHEMATICS

Freshman  
F
S
Major MATH A200
0
3
Major MATH A257 — A2581
4
4
Major MATH A204
3
0
Adjunct COSC A211 — A212
3
3
Common Curriculum  
6
6
   
16
16
   
32
Sophomore  
F
S
Major MATH A259 — A310
3
3
Adjunct PHYS A110 — A111
5
5
Common Curriculum  
6
6
Foreign Language  
3
3
   
17
17
   
34
Junior  
F
S
Major MATH A340 — A341
3
3
Major MATH A400
3
0
Major MATH (A300 or A400 level)
0
3
Adjunct COSC A375
3
0
Common Curriculum  
6
6
Elective  
3
3
   
18
15
   
33
Senior  
F
S
Major MATH A410 — A411
3
3
Major MATH (A300 or A400 level)
3
0
Common Curriculum  
3
3
Electives  
6
9
   
15
15
   
30
TOTAL: 129 cr. hrs.  

(View A&S Common Curriculum Requirements.)

Specific Common Curriculum requirements are given in the beginning of this chapter under Curriculum Design. Refer to A&S Common Curriculum in the index for page number.

1 Students without the knowledge of trigonometry should take MATH A118 in the summer before their freshman year or during the fall semester.

COMPUTER SCIENCE PROGRAM

The bachelor of science in computer science gives the student the capability to grow with the rapidly expanding field of computer science. The courses in the program provide a working knowledge of existing software systems. They cover in-depth techniques of software system development and the interaction of software systems and hardware. The program emphasizes object-oriented system analysis and design. Students write programs in modern languages, such as C++, Java, SQL, and Visual Basic. Students in the program work with state-of-the-art software development tools for creation of programs using pictures, diagrams, and charts. Graduates are well prepared to enter industry or continue further study in graduate school.

The use of the Computer Aided Software Engineering Lab and state-of-the-art software development tools is a unique feature of the program. The department will continue as an innovator in computer education.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE–COMPUTER SCIENCE

Freshman  
F
S
Major COSC A211, A212
3
3
Major COSC A119
0
3
Adjunct MATH A204, A270
3
3
Common Curriculum  
6
6
Elective  
3
0
   
15
15
   
30
Sophomore  
F
S
Major COSC A270, A280
3
3
Major COSC A216, A319
3
3
Adjunct MATH A241
3
0
Common Curriculum  
6
6
Foreign Language  
3
3
Electives  
0
3
   
18
18
   
36
Junior  
F
S
Major COSC A316
3
0
Major COSC A315, A365
3
3
Major COSC (A300 — A400 level)
0
3
Adjunct MATH A257, A2581
4
4
Common Curriculum  
6
6
   
16
16
   
32
Senior  
F
S
Major COSC (A300 — 400 level)
6
3
Common Curriculum  
3
6
Electives  
6
6
   
15
15
   
30
TOTAL: 128 cr. hrs.  

(View A&S Common Curriculum Requirements.)

Specific Common Curriculum requirements are given in the beginning of this chapter under Curriculum Design. Refer to A&S Common Curriculum in the index for page number.

1 Students without the knowledge of trigonometry should take MATH A118 in the summer before their freshman year or during the fall semester.

COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS PROGRAM

The degree program leading to the bachelor of science in computer information systems is designed to prepare the graduate for an active role in areas where computer information systems are used. The courses provide understanding of applications systems, and they cover in-depth techniques of application development. Some software system development and interaction of software systems and hardware is also included. The program emphasizes object-oriented system analysis and design. Students in the program work with state-of-the-art software development tools for creation of programs using pictures, diagrams and charts, and fourth-generation languages, such as SQL.

The use of the Computer Aided Software Engineering Lab and state-of-the-art application development tools is a unique feature of the program. The labs are constantly updated to reflect the rapidly changing field of computer information systems.

The program is flexible enough to be combined with various academic disciplines where computer applications are common, such as business, communications, music, social sciences, statistics, etc. Graduates are well prepared to enter industry, business, government services, or graduate school, such as M.B.A. or M.I.S. programs. Appropriate courses may be planned with an adviser.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE–COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Freshman  
F
S
Major COSC A211, A212
3
3
Major COSC A119
0
3
Adjunct MATH A204, A270
3
3
Common Curriculum  
6
6
Elective  
3
0
   
15
15
   
30
Sophomore  
F
S
Major COSC A270, A280
3
3
Major COSC A216, A319
3
3
Adjunct Application*
0
3
Adjunct MATH A241
3
0
Common Curriculum  
6
6
Foreign Language  
3
3
   
18
18
   
36
Junior  
F
S
Major COSC (A300 — 400 level)
3
3
Major Application*
3
3
Adjunct MATH A257
4
0
Common Curriculum  
3
6
Electives  
3
3
   
16
15
   
31
Senior  
F
S
Major COSC (A300 — 400 level)
3
0
Major Application*
3
0
Major Application* or COSC (A300 — 400 level)
0
3
Common Curriculum  
6
6
Electives  
4
6
   
16
15
   
31
TOTAL: 128 cr. hrs.  

(View A&S Common Curriculum Requirements.)

* Department approval of application program. Application program consists of four or five courses from one other discipline, at least two of which must be at the 300 level or higher. Examples are: business (management) ACCT B202, ECON B200, BA B100, MGT B325, B345; business (marketing) ECON B200, BA B100, MKT B280, B340; communications (advertising) CMMN A100, A101, A260, A310, A370; communications (public relations) CMMN A100, A101, A250, A316, A360; visual arts (graphics) VISA A271, A373, A374, A377; psychology PSYC A100, A301, A322 — A323, A345 — A346, A416 — A417.

Specific Common Curriculum requirements are given in the beginning of this chapter under Curriculum Design. Refer to A&S Common Curriculum in the index for page number.

CS and CIS major and minor programs

CS major: A119, A211, A212, A216, A270, A280, A315, A316, A319, and A365, four electives 300 or above, MATH A204, MATH A241, MATH A270, MATH A257, MATH A258.

CIS major: A119, A211, A212, A216, A270, A280, A319, plus three computer science electives 300 or above, four additional courses from one application area approved by the department (management, marketing, advertising, public relations, visual arts, or others), plus one additional COSC or application area elective (at least two application area courses must be 300 level or above), MATH A204, MATH A270, MATH A257, MATH A241.

CS minor: A111, A114, A211, A212, A216, one selected from A270, A280, A315, A361, A363, or A365, and MATH A204.

CIS minor: A106, A111, A114, A211, A212, one selected from A270, A280 or A216, MATH A204, (Z132 may be substituted for A111).

Updated November 30, 2005