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    Western Washington University
   
 
  Nov 24, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

Mathematics/Computer Science, BS


Combined major offered by the Department of Mathematics, College of Science and Engineering and the Department of Computer Science, College of Science and Engineering.

91 credits

Introduction

Computer Science at Western is organized around the study of design and analysis techniques used to write software or programs in various application areas, along with details about the internal workings of computers (known as computer architecture and operating systems).

“As a practical matter, Mathematics is a science of pattern and order. Its domain is not molecules or cells, but numbers, chance, form, algorithms, and change. As a science of abstract objects, Mathematics relies on logic rather than on observation as its standard of truth, yet employs observation, simulation, and even experimentation as means of discovering truth.” From: Everybody Counts: A Report to the Nation on the Future of Mathematics Education (c) 1989 National Academy of Sciences 

Why Consider a Mathematics/Computer Science Major?

The Mathematics/Computer Science BS Program provides excellent preparation for graduate study or for careers in the technical, scientific and mathematical application of computers. Graduates are able to apply their knowledge and expertise in the development of computer-based solutions of complicated mathematical problems, including environmental and ecological modeling, scientific and engineering calculations, and statistical analysis.

 Contact Information
Mathematics Chair and
Undergraduate Advisor

Tjalling Ypma
Bond Hall 202A
360-650-3785
Tjalling.Ypma@wwu.edu
Computer Science
Undergraduate Advisor

Mary Hall
Communications Facility 459
360-650-2300
Mary.Hall@wwu.edu
 Sample Careers
Research Analyst | Systems Analyst | Technical Writer | Applied Science Technologist | Information Scientist
 Major/Career Resources
www.wwu.edu/careers/students_choosingamajor.shtml

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Students are urged to declare the major formally at an early point in their Western career so that a program of study can be planned carefully in collaboration with departmental advisors. Contact the Mathematics Department when you are ready to declare this major.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.

Requirements