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.
Major
requirements:
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
objectoriented
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
30minutes you can take
the 25 problem online
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.
