Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics and Computer Science at Waynesburg University
Waynesburg University provides a strong foundation of modern theory and skills to prepare you for the fast-changing, technology-driven fields of mathematics and computer science. Our program gives you a solid foundation in theoretical and applied mathematics, providing skills necessary for a successful and productive career in a variety of settings.
As a computer science major, you will be prepared for a profession in computers and technology by not only receiving the technological skills, but also the communication skills and ethics needed to succeed. You will receive knowledge in a broad-based coverage of technical areas, choosing to study from a variety of options including computer science, business information science and information technology.
The mathematics major at Waynesburg University provides a solid foundation in theoretical and applied mathematics, providing skills necessary for a successful and productive career in a variety of settings. Career options include management in engineering and the natural sciences, accounting, astronomy, meteorology, data processing, economics and environmental planning, to name a few. The mathematics major is also great preparation for graduate study in the mathematical sciences.
You may wish to combine your mathematics degree with a major or minor in another field.
- Degrees in math and biology are excellent preparation for a career in biostatistics, epidemiology and public health research.
- Degrees in math and political science form a great pre-law curriculum.
- Majoring in math and computer science will give you a solid foundation for a career as a computer analyst, programmer, software developer or systems engineer.
Mathematics Major with a Secondary Education Option
If you wish to pursue a career in the teaching of math at the secondary education level, you will want to join the outstanding teacher tradition of Waynesburg University. The Waynesburg math curriculum meets the requirements for certification by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As part of the course work, students visit various mathematics classes in area junior and senior high schools. You also participate in a practicum by teaching math to peers in preparation for the student teaching experience.
Students interested in completing a minor in mathematics along with a major in another related area need to complete 32 credits within the mathematics program at Waynesburg University
Business Information Science Major
The business information science major at Waynesburg University is designed for students who would like to use their technological skills in a business or corporate environment, or who wish to go into management at a high-tech company. This major combines computer science courses with business courses, such as accounting, marketing and finance to give you the edge you will need to succeed.
Computer Science Major
This major is designed for students who want to work with computers in a science setting, or who plan to go on to graduate school to study the design of computers, engineering and programming algorithms. The computer science major at Waynesburg University combines computer science courses with higher level mathematics courses to give you a firm basis not only in the applications of computer technology but also the theory behind those applications.
Computer Science Minor
Students interested in completing a minor in computer science along with a major in another related area need to complete 31 credits within the computer science program at Waynesburg University.
Information Technology Major
This major is designed for students who want the broadest knowledge possible in the area of technological applications. This major combines computer science courses with communication courses in the area of graphic design. You will study computer graphics, Web design, digital illustration and multimedia together with the standard computer science courses so that you will be well prepared for a career as a Webmaster, graphic designer or Web site designer.
Computer Security and Forensics Major
The computer security and forensics major at Waynesburg University combines criminal justice studies, computer sciences and computer forensics. Students learn the latest theories and gain the knowledge necessary to handle forensic investigations involving digital devices and electronic crime.
MAT 105. Basic Concepts 3 credits
A course that covers addition, subtraction, multiplication and the division of fractions and decimals; working with positive and negative numbers; percentages, ratios, and rates. The course utilizes these skills by introducing some practical word problems in each section. An introduction to algebra will also be covered. This course does not satisfy the general education requirement for quantitative reasoning skills.
MAT 106. Beginning Algebra 3 credits
This is an introductory course in algebra. Students will learn the basic concepts and applications of algebra. The course will cover real numbers and variables, solving equation and inequalities, solving applied problems, exponents and polynomials, factoring, and graphing. This course does not count toward any program within the mathematics and computer science department. Prerequisite: MAT 105 (or equivalent).
MAT 107. Practical Mathematics for Everyday Life 3 credits
(formerly MAT 107, Quantitative Analysis – 2010 WU catalog) This course will familiarize students with the scope of mathematical applications in the various disciplines. Concepts and understanding of the applications of elementary set theory, the real number system, probability and statistics, elementary algebra, and consumer mathematics will be emphasized. This course is designed primarily for those students not majoring in mathematics or the sciences. Prerequisite: MAT 105 (or equivalent). Spring
MAT 108. Intermediate Algebra 3 credits
A course in intermediate algebra for students with inadequate preparation for Mathematics 205. Not counted toward any program within the Mathematics Department. Prerequisite: MAT 106 (or equivalent).
MAT 204. Mathematics for Middle/Junior High School 3 credits
An elective course for those students interested in teaching in the middle or junior high schools. Topics include relating fractions and decimals to percents, mixed numbers, scientific notation, and selected areas of algebra, geometry, probability and statistics. Prerequisite: MAT 106 (or equivalent). (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)
MAT 205. Functions and Trigonometry 3 credits
(formerly MAT 205, Elementary Functions – 2010 WU Catalog) A study of elementary functions, their graphs and applications, including polynomial, algebraic, rational, exponential, and trigonometric functions. Prerequisite: MAT 108 (or equivalent).
MAT 211. Calculus I 4 credits
Limits and continuity, derivatives and integrals of algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; relevant analytic geometry and applications. Prerequisite: MAT 205 (or equivalent).
MAT 212. Calculus II 4 credits
A continuation of MAT 211. Techniques of integration are stressed. Prerequisite: MAT 211.
MAT 213. Calculus III 3 credits
Limits and continuity; infinite series; indeterminate forms; geometry, derivatives, and integration associated with functions of several variables. Prerequisite: MAT 212. Spring
MAT 215. Applied Statistics 3 credits
(formerly MAT 215, Elementary Statistics – 2010 WU catalog) Descriptive statistics, introduction to inferential statistics, applications. Prerequisite: MAT 106.
MAT 216. Statics for Engineers 3 credits
(formerly MAT 216, Statics – 2010 WU Catalog) Principles of mechanics, force systems, static equilibrium, structures, analysis of frames and trusses, distributed forces, friction, centroids, and moments of inertia. This course is required of all 3-2 engineering (mathematics major) program participants. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (Fall 2013 and alternate years)
MAT 217. Applied Discrete Mathematics 3 credits
Set theory, prepositional logic, Boolean algebra, recurrence relations, combinatorics, matrix algebra, analysis of algorithms, graphs and trees. Prerequisite: MAT 205. Fall
MAT 218. Applied Linear Algebra 3 credits
Linear equations and matrices, vector spaces, linear mappings, determinants, quadratic forms. Spring
MAT 308. Geometry 3 credits
Projective, Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry, and emphasis on the analytic approach. Prerequisite: MAT 217. (Spring 2014 and alternate years)
MAT 315. Introduction to Mathematical Statistics 3 credits
A study of discrete and continuous sample spaces, probability laws, conditional probability, independence, density and distribution functions, mathematical expectation, joint distributions, and the central limit theorem. Prerequisite: MAT 215. Co-requisite: MAT-213. Spring
MAT 316. Vector Calculus 3 credits
A study of the calculus of vector-valued functions including divergence and curl, line integrals, Green's Theorem, Stokes' Theorem and surface integration. Selected applications include statics of particles, equilibrium of rigid bodies and analysis of structures. Co-requisite: MAT 218. Prerequisite: MAT 212. (Fall 2013 and alternate years)
MAT 317. Operations Research 3 credits
A study of linear programming, duality theory and sensitivity analysis, network analysis, dynamic programming, decision theory, game theory, and queuing theory. Prerequisites: MAT 215 and MAT 218. (Fall 2014 and alternate years)
MAT 365. Internship (cross-listed as CSC 365) 1-3 credits
On-the-job experience either on or off-campus. Specific internship duties are negotiated among the student, the on-site supervisor, and the department course instructor. Interns keep journals of their work experiences and time spent on the job, meet regularly with their instructor, and write a final report of their work experience as it relates to their liberal arts education. The final report must also relate the student's work experience to the General Education Goals of the University including those goals that address Judeo-Christian values and traditions. Credits will be awarded as agreed to by the parties involved, following the general rule of approximately thirty hours of on-site effort per hour of credit received. This course may be taken two times for a total of up to 6 hours of credit. Graded credit.
MAT 395. Special Topics 1-3 credits
A study of various particular topics which are chosen by the members of the department in consultation with students. Depending upon the particular topics offered, one, two, or three credits may be given. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)
MAT 397. Seminar 1 credit
Assigned readings, discussions, oral and written reports on subjects of general mathematical interest and value. A maximum of two credits from this sequence may be counted toward the mathematics major. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
MAT 406. Differential Equations 3 credits
Methods of solution and applications of ordinary differential equations, introduction to partial differential equations. Prerequisite: MAT 212. (Fall 2014 and alternate years)
MAT 407. Numerical Analysis 3 credits
Solution of equations, polynomial approximations, numerical integration and differentiation, matrices, differential equations, development of related computer programs. Prerequisite: MAT 212 and MAT 218. (Fall 2013 and alternate years)
MAT 409. Number Theory 3 credits
A study of properties of the integers. Concepts include factorization, prime numbers, congruences, Diophantine equations, Fermat's and Wilson's theorems, Euler's function, and quadratic reciprocity. Stress will be on the nature of proof. Prerequisites: MAT 217. (Spring 2015 and alternate years)
MAT 415. Introduction to Real Analysis 3 credits
A study of sequences, convergence, limits, continuity, derivatives and differentials, definite integrals, multiple integrals, sequences, and series of functions. Prerequisites: MAT 212 and MAT 217. (Spring 2015 and alternate years)
MAT 416. Modern Algebra 3 credits
A study of groups, rings, fields, and integral domains. Prerequisites: MAT 217. (Spring 2014 and alternate years)
MAT 475. Advanced Faith and Learning Integration 3 credits
In the spirit of the mission of Waynesburg University, this course intends to provide junior and senior level students with an unparalleled opportunity to integrate the Bible materials and its history of interpretation to the academic disciplines. Students who wish to engage in this level of theological reflection on vocation should consult with both their academic advisors and with the Chair of the Biblical and Ministry Studies Major Program. See page 116 for further information. This course will not substitute for senior capstone/research courses required in the majors. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing; three credits in BMS courses; 3.0 minimum grade point average. (Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.)
MAT 497. Independent Study 1-3 credits
Independent study and research into specific topics and problems in the field of mathematics. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
MAT 499. Senior Project (cross-listed as CSC 499) 1-3 credits
This course requires a literature, including Web, search and written paper on a selected topic in mathematics. The student and coordinating instructor will agree upon the topic. Upon completion, the project will be briefed to the department faculty and a written report will be submitted.
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics and Computer Science
Instructor of Computer Science Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics