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Kendall Richards, Chair
Math/Computer Science
PO Box 770
Georgetown TX 78627

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 MATHEMATICS & COMPUTER SCIENCE HOME PAGE

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The Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Southwestern University is located in the east wing of the first floor of Mood Bridwell Hall, which originally served the University as a men's dormitory. The Department helps students develop concise and logical patterns of thinking and encourages them in independent and creative work. The Department seeks to develop students' understanding of mathematical models and their facility with problem solving techniques.

The Department offers the following three majors leading to either the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Arts degree: mathematics, computer science, and computational mathematics. The Department also offers a minor in mathematics and in computer science. Each student's major program must be determined in consultation with the student's academic advisor; the program should reflect the student's personal needs and goals.

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The Ralph M. Whitmore Lounge in MBH 133 is for all Math and CS students. Redecorated by students in Spring 2003, there is now a CHALKBOARD WALL and comfortable couches to hangout or study on!  Math tutoring is held in this room and there are several PCs (some with Mathematica and some with Linux) linked to a laser printer. (Note: During the semester students enrolled in certain CS classes have priority use of these computers.) There is also a microwave, sink, and purified water dispenser. The books in the lounge are yours to borrow, and there are Journals in there for you to read. Be sure to check out the Math/CS Information Box where the department files career, graduate school, and summer program adds that might be of interest to you.


The Mathematics curriculum is traditional, although many of the best reform ideas (technology, group projects, writing mathematics, etc.) are being incorporated where appropriate to enhance the traditional topics.

The Computer Science curriculum is also traditional, at least in the early courses. The first two courses in the major are taught in Java, which is an excellent language for introducing object-oriented concepts. You might check this link to learn about computer science careers!


Placement Information

If you are unsure what math you should take, any of the department math faculty members (John Chapman x1491, Walt Potter x1609, Gary Richter x1490, Kendall Richards x1556,, and Therese Shelton x 1489) would be glad to talk to you about your background and help you determine the most appropriate class.

In addition if you are unsure whether or not you are ready for Calculus I, in 30-minutes you can take the 25 problem on-line Calculus Readiness Exam. You should take the exam without a calculator, and keep track of whether you get the problems right or wrong. If you get 16 or more correct, it is likely that you have mastered the prerequisite material for Calculus I.


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