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2013-2014 Catalog 
2013-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics/Computer Science, BS

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

91 credits

Introduction/What is the Study of Mathematics/Computer Science?

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
Computer Science
Undergraduate Advisor
Mary Hall
Communications Facility 459
 Sample Careers
Research Analyst | Systems Analyst | Technical Writer | Applied Science Technologist | Information Scientist
 Major/Career Resources

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.