Mathematics and Computer Science (BA)

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Program Description

An interdisciplinary major offered jointly by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, providing the opportunity to study both computer science and such relevant mathematics courses as analysis, algebra, probability, and statistics.

Honors Program in Computer Science and Mathematics

The prerequisite for declaring this major is completion of either CSCI-UA 101 Intro to Computer Science or CSCI-UA 102 Data Structures (depending on placement) with a C or better.. This is a twenty-course (80-credit) interdisciplinary major offered by the Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics.

The honors degree will be awarded to students with outstanding performance in the program. To be eligible for this distinction students must:

  1. Complete all college BA requirements including at least 64 credits of graded work in the College of Arts & Science.
  2. Complete all of the course requirements for the program.
  3. Maintain a grade point average of 3.65 or better in the major sequence (including honors requirements) AND maintain a general grade point average of 3.65 or better.
  4. Request admission to the honors program by completing the Honors Admission Request Form.
  5. Meet with the computer science Program Administrator and Director of Undergraduate Studies to discuss the program requirements once you have been admitted.
  6. Meet with your mentor at least twice during the academic year, once in October and once in March, prior to registering for the following semester.
  7. Students are required to submit a copy of their completed thesis to their Faculty Advisor, as well as to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Marsha Berger -
Course Title Credits
Required Honors Courses
Computer Science Requirements
CSCI-UA 101Intro to Computer Science4
CSCI-UA 102Data Structures4
CSCI-UA 201Computer Systems Org4
CSCI-UA 202Operating Systems4
CSCI-UA 310Basic Algorithms4
CSCI-UA 421Numerical Computing4
CSCI-UA 453Theory of Computation4
Select three computer science courses listed at the CSCI-UA 400 level12
Mathematics Requirements
MATH-UA 121Calculus I4
MATH-UA 122Calculus II4
MATH-UA 123Calculus III4
or MATH-UA 129 Honors Calculus III
MATH-UA 140Linear Algebra4
or MATH-UA 148 Honors Linear Algebra
MATH-UA 325Analysis4
or MATH-UA 328 Honors Analysis I
MATH-UA 329Honors Analysis II4
MATH-UA 343Algebra4
or MATH-UA 348 Honors Algebra I
MATH-UA 349Honors Algebra II4
Select two of the following:8
Honors Theory of Probability
Honors Numerical Analysis
Honors Ordinary Differential Equations
Total Credits80

Guided research, sponsored by either department, should be presented at the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Conference which takes place in late April. Students are expected to dedicate 10 to 20 hours per week toward their research. The research project can also be completed through the mathematics summer research program (SURE or AM-SURE). Students who participate in the SURE program are required to present their research at the undergraduate research forum at Courant in the fall semester of their senior year.


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