Do you think the best of both worlds incorporates problem solving and programming computers? This joint major might work well for someone like you. The mathematics/computer science major provides students with a broad background in both fields. Past graduates have gone on to become Web programmers, high school mathematics teachers and computer programmers.

- Russell Goodman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics, department chair

goodmanr@central.edu - Robert Franks, Ph.D., Kenneth J. Weller Distinguished Professorship of the Liberal Arts and Professor of Computer Science,

franksr@central.edu - Stephen Fyfe, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science,

fyfes@central.edu - Allen Hibbard, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics/Computer Science,

hibbarda@central.edu - Mark Johnson, Ph.D., Ruth & Marvin Denekas Endowed Chair in Science and Humanities and Professor of Mathematics/Computer Science,

johnsonm@central.edu - Thomas Linton, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics,

lintont@central.edu - Mark Mills, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics,

millsm@central.edu - Wendy Weber, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics,

weberw@central.edu

- Mathematics teacher, Harlan Community Schools, Harlan, Iowa
- Application analyst, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
- Web developer, Wells Fargo & Co.
- Graduate student in mathematics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Looking for experience? An internship might be the answer. When it comes to future employment or entrance into graduate school, students with internship experience have a proven track record in a professional environment. In today’s competitive job market, proven experience is a priceless commodity. Past internships include:

- Digital Solutions Inc., Pella, Iowa
- Mercy Home Medical Services, Des Moines, Iowa

Learn more about internships at Central.

- Calculus I and II
- Introduction to a computer algebra system
- Foundations of mathematics or discrete structures
- Multivariable calculus
- Linear algebra
- Mathematics/computer science seminar
- Abstract algebra I
- Introduction to computer science
- Software design
- Data structures
- Computer organization and architecture
- Algorithms
- Geometry
- Probability
- Statistics
- Numerical analysis
- Real analysis I
- Topics in mathematics
- Web application development
- Advanced software design
- Programming language concepts
- Computer graphics
- Database systems
- Introduction to operating systems
- Topics in computer science
- Networking
- Mobile Application Development

Freshman year

- Calculus I and II
- Introduction to computer science
- Data structures
- Introduction to a computer algebra system
- Central core courses and/or electives

Sophomore year

- Foundations of mathematics
- Linear algebra
- Software design
- Multivariable calculus
- Computer organization and architecture
- Central core courses and/or electives

Junior year

- Algorithms
- Mathematics/computer science junior seminar
- Mathematics elective
- Computer science elective
- Central core courses and/or electives

Senior year

- Mathematics/computer science senior seminar
- Abstract algebra I
- Mathematics or computer science electives
- Central core courses and/or electives

Get more details from the course catalog! (Note: this is a PDF file)

The Vermeer Science Center underwent a $20-million renovation and expansion that was completed in fall 2003. In addition to biology, chemistry, physics and natural science departments, the mathematics and computer science departments are located in Vermeer. The building contains 13 high-tech classrooms. Each contains a ceiling-mounted projector, computer with flat panel monitor, Wolfvision document camera, combination VCR/DVD player and a Ken-a-vision flex camera. Vermeer also contains several computer labs with new Dell computers with flat panel monitors and the most recent versions of mathematics and science computer programs. Numerous science laboratories with state-of-the-art science equipment allow students to conduct their own research. Just inside the main entrance is an easy to use touchscreen kiosk with a building directory that can be searched by room or professor’s name. Central was awarded a silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) medal rating from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), making the science center the first LEED-rated building in the state.

The computing science program is proud to offer a unique computing laboratory with an advanced networking lab which allows students to get hands-on computer networking experience. The laboratory includes an eight node, 16 processor cluster to support high performance, parallel computing activities. The laboratory also has other advanced technologies to support courses and independent studies.

Want to know even more about majoring in math/computer science at Central? The mathematics department and computer science department maintain their own websites with more information.

Students are encouraged to study abroad with Central College to enhance their development as global citizens. Academic opportunities and internship programs also are available in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.