Undergraduate Studies Catalog
Note: during the fall of 2001 the College of Arts and Sciences is forming a Department of Computer Science. The information described below in pp. 91-94 applies to the former combined Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences. Please see www.cs.luc.edu for updated information regarding the Department of Computer Science, including faculty, courses offered, requirements for the major and minor in Computer Science and the interdepartmental major in Mathematics and Computer Science, the B.S./M.S. dual degree program in Computer Science, internships, departmental honors, and the course restrictions.
Lake Shore Campus:
The department offers four distinct major programs for students interested in computer science, mathematics and statistics. The department also offers five minor programs including operations research and actuarial science. Certificate programs are offered for returning students through Mundelein College. Exceptionally well qualified students interested in obtaining a masterís degree in computer science or in mathematics may apply for admission to our B.S./M.S. dual degree programs. Finally, the department offers a variety of courses to meet the core curriculum requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, to satisfy ancillary requirements in other majors, to promote computer literacy, and to allow students to explore particular areas of the mathematical sciences which are of interest to them.
Details concerning all of the above are given in the following paragraphs while a description of university computing facilities is given on page 226. Students are encouraged to consult the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences for further information.
The major programs in the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences prepare students for a broad variety of careers that make use of computer science, mathematics and statistics. They also provide a firm basis for graduate study in many disciplines. Each major is assigned an advisor in the department who is able to provide counseling on schedules, career choices, and graduate school. Students are urged to meet frequently with their advisors and are required to see them at least once each semester.
Students planning a teaching career should seek advice from both the School of Education and the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences.
All majors in computer science and in statistics are strongly encouraged to begin an internship no later than the beginning of their senior year. The departmental internship coordinators and the Career Center are instrumental in assisting students to obtain part-time internships in the summer or during the academic year. Departmental credit in computer science may be awarded by registering for the Computer Science Internship (COMP 391). Those statistics majors interested in a career in actuarial science may register for the Actuarial Science Internship (STAT 391).
A student majoring in the mathematical and computer sciences who is a member in good standing of the university honors program or who has achieved a grade point average of at least 3.4 in all major courses may apply for departmental honors. To earn this award, the student must complete two advanced level (300- or 400-level) major courses in addition to completing all major requirements. Generally, the student should notify the department of his/her intention to apply for departmental honors no later than the end of the junior year.
Dual degree programs exist both in computer science and in mathematics. An undergraduate major with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and a grade point average in the major of at least 3.5 may apply for admission to the combined B.S./M.S. program. It is expected that the student will have completed at least several upper division courses in the major. Normally, admission is granted during the studentís junior year.
Entering freshmen who qualify on the basis of their performance on the mathematics, computer science, or statistics examinations of the Advanced Placement Program administered by the College Entrance Examination Board will receive the credit considered appropriate by the department.
Many reasons exist for selecting a minor. Undergraduates are encouraged to pursue minors that complement their majors, increase their career marketability, or enrich their understanding of other disciplines. Mundelein College certificates are available only to students who are not seeking a degree at Loyola.
Mathematics and Computer Science: (Combined
STAT 356, STAT 358, STAT 388.
It is recommended that students in all majors in the department take PHYS 113 & 114 (University Physics I, II) to satisfy their natural science core requirement. Computer science majors should consider selecting FNAR 233 (Computer Graphics I) as an elective.