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DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS (MATH)(STAT)

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:
Damen Hall 314
Phone: 773-508-3558 (Mathematics and Statistics) 773-508-8550 (Computer Science)
FAX: 773-508-2123
e-mail: for Mathematics and Statistics: info@math.luc.edu; for Computer Science: info@cs.luc.edu ; www.math.luc.edu; www.cs.luc.edu

OBJECTIVES

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.

INTERNSHIPS

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).

DEPARTMENTAL HONORS

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 (B.S./M.S.) PROGRAMS

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.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM

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.

MINOR PROGRAMS AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

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.

DEPARTMENTAL COURSE RESTRICTIONS

  1. All new Loyola students are required to take the Math Placement Test (MPT) before selecting their first course in mathematics, statistics, or computer science. Students who require remediation in pre-algebra or arithmetic are asked to begin with a non-credit refresher course, MATH 099.
  2. Students who receive a grade lower than "C" in MATH 100, 117, 118, 131, 132, 161, 162, 263, or COMP 170, 271 may not count such a course as a prerequisite for a subsequent mathematical or computer sciences course.
  3. Students may not receive credit for both MATH 131 and 161, or both MATH 132 and 162, or both STAT 203 and 335 without permission of the department chair. Majors who have completed MATH 131 or 161 may not enroll in any mathematics course numbered lower than 131 without permission of the department chair.
  4. Students who receive three or more grades of "D+," "D," "F," or "WF" in any courses in the mathematical or computer sciences will not be permitted to enter or continue in any major or minor program in the department. Exceptions can be made only by the Dean of the College.
  5. Majors in mathematics, statistics, or combined mathematics and computer science who receive a grade of "D+," "D,", "WF," or "F" in MATH 161, 162, 212, 263, 264, or STAT 203 are not permitted to take further courses in mathematics or statistics until they have repeated the course and earned a grade of "C" or better.
  6. Majors in computer science or combined mathematics and computer science who receive a grade of "D+", "D," "WF," or "F" in COMP 170, 211, 260, 271, or 272 are not permitted to take further courses in computer science until they have repeated the course and earned a grade of "C" or better.
  7. Majors or minors in the mathematical sciences will not be given permission to take any 300-level courses at other institutions in order to complete degree requirements at Loyola. Transfer students must complete the majority of their major requirements at Loyola.
DEPARTMENTAL MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Mathematics:
MATH 161, 162, 212, 263, 264; any 300-level 3-credit mathematics course.

Computer Science:
COMP 170, 271, 272; any three 3-credit computer science courses (of which two must be 300-level and the third 200- or 300-level).

Statistics:
MATH 161 & 162 or 131 & 132; STAT 203 or 335; STAT 303; either STAT 304 & 305 or STAT 307 & 308.

Operations Research:
COMP 170; MATH 161 & 162; MATH 212; STAT 203 or 335, 306; COMP 356; MATH 358.

Actuarial Science:
MATH 161 & 162; MATH 212, 263; STAT 203 or 335, 304, 305, 396, 397.

DEPARTMENTAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Mathematics:
MATH 161, 162, 212, 263, 264, 313, 351; either 314 or 315; either 352 or 353; COMP 170; STAT 203 or 335; Two additional (three-credit) 300-level math courses.

Computer Science:
MATH 131 and 132 (or 161 and 162); STAT 203 or 335; COMP 170, 211, 260, 271, 272, 372, 374; COMP 363 or 376: COMP 330 or 382; Any three additional (three-credit) 300-level computer science courses (except COMP 391).

Mathematics and Computer Science: (Combined Major)
MATH 161, 162, 212, 263, 264, 313, 351; STAT 203 or 335; COMP 170, 260, 271, 272, 372, 374; COMP 330 or 382; COMP 363 or 376; TWO of: MATH 309, 314, 315, 352, 353; Any (three-credit) 300-level mathematics or computer science course (except COMP 391).

Statistics:
MATH 161, 162, 212, 263; COMP 170; STAT 203 or 335, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308; ONE of:

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.

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