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Mathematics & Computer Science
The mission of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is to provide its students with the expertise to become leaders and innovators in their chosen area of study and to produce graduates who will be successful and valued professionals who are committed to lifelong learning, make positive contributions to society, communicate effectively, work well with others, act ethically and value truth and diversity.
The Mathematics and Computer Science Department offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The Department offers six Bachelor of Science degrees:
- Applied Mathematics (Applications available in Accounting, Applied Design, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Education, Finance, General Science, Food Management and Psychology)
- Mathematics for Secondary Education
- Cyber Security
- Computer Science
- Management Information Systems
At the graduate level, the department offers three Master of Science degrees:
Those seeking a major in either Applied Mathematics or in Computer Science can readily combine their degree with a Dual Degree in Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, or from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Students will graduate with a BS degree in either Applied Mathematics or Computer Science, and in addition, a BS degree in Engineering from their choice of the two named universities.
Students may also choose from an assortment of minors, certificates, and concentrations offered by the department. Undergraduate minors are available in Applied Mathematics, Cyber Security, Computer Science, and Management Information Systems. Students who major in Computer Science or Management Information Systems have an opportunity to pursue a concentration in Cyber Security. A Mathematics for Middle School concentration is also available. Undergraduate certificates are available in both Cyber Security and Website Development. Graduate certificates are available in Learning Technologies, Virtual Worlds, and Instructional Design and Technology.
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers a rigorous curriculum emphasizing analytical thinking, problem solving and effective communication. Specifically, through its programs, the department seeks to:
- acquaint students with current developments in computer science, information systems, applied mathematics, mathematics education and computer education.
- equip graduates with knowledge and skills to secure professional positions in their fields.
- prepare students for successful transitions from the classroom to the work place.
To achieve these objectives, the department encourages students to interact with faculty by providing individual advising and creating an environment that is conducive to continued professional growth. The small student-to-teacher ratio allows students to receive ample faculty attention. With the assistance of the department faculty, students may pursue their professional goals through cooperative education work experiences or research in association with a mentor working in the same professional area.