The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science provides instruction in mathematics, statistics and computer science. Bachelor degrees are available in computer science and in mathematics.
Program in Mathematics
“Mathematics is the language in which God has written the universe.” - attributed to Galileo Galilei.
Mathematics, included in the original artes liberales, is valuable for a multitude of reasons - its beauty, which attracted many of humanity's finest minds; its many applications in the sciences; the powers of careful reasoning, which go hand-in-hand with mastering it; its undeniable centrality to modern finance, technology, data analysis and other engines of innovation. A major in mathematics brings this value to the student, from the practical employment value of the mathematical and problem-solving skills developed in the study of mathematics to the decidedly un-practical aesthetic of pure mathematics which has dazzled its practitioners for millennia.
The purposes of the mathematics curriculum at Huntington University are (a) to develop in students the art and skill of careful, clear and creative mathematical thinking and problem-solving; (b) to provide students with a strong foundation in mathematical skills with applications in engineering, computer science, finance and the natural and social sciences; and (c) to provide students with an understanding of the major fields of mathematics and their interrelationships. Completing a major in mathematics prepares the student for further study of mathematics, including graduate study, for a career (together with the program in education) as a secondary or middle school mathematics educator, and for careers in both public and private sectors which make use of the mathematical sciences.
Students who choose a bachelor of science degree in mathematics, a bachelor of science degree in mathematics education, or a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics will complete MA 165, 171, 172, 205, 273, 481; and CS 111 (or CS 216).
Students who select the bachelor of science degree in mathematics complete, in addition to the common courses above, MA 311, 371, 411, 431, 471; eight hours from MA 210, 321, 351, 450, 461, or CS 325; and four hours from CH 161/L, BI 161/L, or PH 211/L for a total of 53 hours.
Students who select the bachelor of science degree in mathematics education complete, in addition to the common courses above, MA 210, 311, 321, 351, 411, 471; and one course from MA 371, 431, 450, or 461 for a total of 45 hours. Refer to the Department of Education for education courses required for teacher licensing.
Students who select the bachelor of arts degree in mathematics complete, in addition to the common courses above, MA 311 or 371, 411 or 431, and 13 hours from MA 210 and MA 300+ (not included above) for a total of 43 hours.
The minor in mathematics requires MA 165, 171, 172 and 11 hours chosen from MA 205, 210, 273, mathematics courses above 300, or CS 216.
Students preparing for mathematics teacher licensing are encouraged to complete a minor in one of the sciences that will broaden their preparation. See, for example, descriptions of minors in biology and chemistry.
Students who take mathematics or computer science courses must demonstrate satisfactory mathematics placement scores prior to enrolling in their intended mathematics or computer science courses (see Mathematics Placement Testing Policy in Catalog under Admissions Policies and Procedures). In order to satisfy a prerequisite requirement for a mathematics course, a student must earn a grade of C- or better in the prerequisite course.
Program in Computer Science
Students who choose a bachelor of science degree in computer science complete CS 111, 216, 245, 286, 315, 325, 355, 415, 425, 435 and 436; PH 261; and MA 165. Students must also choose one of the following four tracks.
The information systems track requires CS 175; three credits from CS 331, 490, or 495; MA 161; BA 252; and six hours from AC 241, EB 211, BA 213, 281, or 331.
The mathematics track requires MA 171, 172, and 311; PH 211/L and 212/L.
The digital media track requires CS 175; MA 161; DM 105, 178, 278, and 378.
The web development track requires CS 175; MA 161; AR 141, 241R, 241V, and 271; and CO 213 or 241.
The minor in computer science requires CS 111, 216, and fifteen hours from any CS course, MA 165, or PH 261 for a total of 22 hours.
Cyber Security Minor
The minor in cyber security provides a focus on cyber security for students interested in career opportunities related to information technology security. The minor complements existing majors in computer science and criminal justice. The cyber security minor requires CJ 345; CS 111, 216, 272, 396 (3 hours), 425; and three hours from CS 175, 355, and 415 to total of 23 hours.
Cyber Security Management Minor
The minor in cyber security management is for students interested in career opportunities related to information technology security. The minor complements existing majors in business, computer science and criminal justice. The cyber security management minor requires BA 252; CJ 345; CS 111, 272, 397; and six hours from BA 331, 431, CJ 105, 111, CS 175, 415, and 425 to total 22 hours.
Forensic Accounting Minor
Students interested in adding a forensic accounting minor may refer to the description in the Department of Business.
Courses in Computer Science