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Mathematics and Computer Science

Our students prepare autonomous robots to navigate terrain

Concepts and techniques of data science, mathematics, and computer science play a vital role in everyday life. The curriculum and other activities of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science reflect this.


Our mathematics program offers students a solid and comprehensive foundation in both theoretical and applied mathematics, leaving students well prepared for the pursuit of graduate studies or a wide array of career paths related to mathematics. Our program provides a solid foundation in traditional theoretical mathematics. In keeping with the demands of an increasingly technical and automated workplace, we also feature robust coursework in applied mathematics and statistics, with a particular focus on computational mathematics and various applications of computing and computing theory in mathematics and data science. Mathematics is a naturally collaborative discipline affording students the rich opportunity to merge quantitative and analytic interests with other interests in the natural and social sciences, and/or humanities.

Computer Science

Our computer science program offers students a theoretical foundation essential for graduate studies as well as the practical tools required for a variety of careers that include computer programming, software development, database administration, systems administration, and Web development. Our connections to Chicago facilitate a variety of internship opportunities that help our students prepare for the ever-changing technology needs of the workplace and the myriad career paths that are related to computer science.

Data Science
Our data science program responds to an ever intensifying societal demand for expertise in the management and analysis of data. An exponential growth of data, in the forms of text, numerical information, graphs, and images has occurred within virtually every academic discipline and in all aspects of life. 

Learn more about our data science major and minor

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