The Mathematics and Computer Science Department’s curriculum gives students a broad foundation of reasoning and analytical skills that can be applied to many fields. Graduates can pursue graduate work in computer science or mathematics, teach in secondary schools, work as professionals in government and industry, or use quantitative and computing techniques in the natural sciences or social sciences. All students must master the relevant basic mechanical concepts necessary to perform the fundamental operations related to mathematics or computer programming. The learning environment places emphasis on reasoning and problem-solving and communications skills. Students are required to make oral presentations at seminars and to write detailed papers and reports for regular classes and for their Senior Capstone projects.
Provided they have the necessary prerequisites, students planning to take one quantitative course for distribution credit may take any course in this department; students planning to take two quantitative courses may take any combination of two courses in mathematics and/or computer science.