Majors & Minors

Math and Computer Science

From developing an immersive 3D virtual reality game for teaching languages, to creating mathematical models that improve handicap accessibility routes you’ll learn to apply theory to real world issues in creative and interdisciplinary ways. Along the way, you’ll develop concise and logical patterns of thinking, hone your problem-solving skills and learn critical thought processes that will carry you throughout your career and your life.

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Alison Marr

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Phone

512.863.1496

Alison Marr

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Math and Computer Science
Math and Computer Science
Critical Thinking and Analysis Skills for the 21st Century

Our students gain not only critical thinking skills in their mathematics and computer science courses, but also learn how to leverage the use of computers for graphical visualization, data analysis, and creative problem solving.

Small Class Sizes and Direct Access to Professors

Our upper level courses typically have enrollments of 20 or less, often 10-15, which allows professors and students to engage more readily and facilitates students’ connections with their peers. Through these interactions, the members of the faculty are better able to serve as mentors and advisors in preparation for graduate study and careers.

Independent Studies and Research Opportunities

Members of the faculty offer independent studies to individual students as a creative option. Motivated students also have opportunities to engage in research projects with professors. Students may apply for departmental honors, allowing for a deeper exploration into topics of interest.

Extracurricular Activities

The department supports involvement beyond the classroom, including presentations and posters at regional and national conferences, preparation for competitions such as the Putnam exam, programming contests and COMAP. We also have active and fun student clubs that are involved in campus-wide events.



AFTER SOUTHWESTERN

Featured Alumni Stories

Southwestern Alumna Becomes Orbital Debris Scientist at NASA

Alumna uses computational modeling of “space trash” to keep astronauts, satellites, and the international space station safe.

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Startup Founded by Southwestern Alumnus Receives $750K NSF Grant

National Science Foundation awards Small Business Innovation Research grant to ThoughtSTEM for its LearnToMod technology, a Minecraft Modding software.

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EXPLORE SOUTHWESTERN

Math and Computer Science News

Marissa Madrid-Ortega and Kristen McCrary at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

Women in Math/CS Travel Far and Wide

Several women Math and Computer Science majors recently traveled to attend conferences, workshops, and internships to learn and engage with the larger CS community, with the help of prestigious scholarships.

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SU attendees at CCSC:SC 2017

Computer Science Presentations

Several SU students presented independent research and capstone results near the end of the Spring 2017 semester. The department had a strong showing at the South Central Regional Meeting of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, and there was a large turnout at the on-campus CS Capstone presentations.

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Old and new members of PME: Jillian Bradley, Sarah Coe, Madison Edwards, Morgan Engle, Yash Gandhi, Manyun (Lily) Liu, Kristen McCrary, Nhi (Penny) Phan, Cory Schovanec, Joshua Truitt, Emma Kathryn Groves, Dr. Kendall Richards, Dr. Alison Marr, Dr. Gary Richter, Dr. Fumiko Futamura, Dr. John Ross, and President Edward Burger.

New Members of Math and CS Honor Societies

Several new SU students have recently been inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon, the national Mathematics honor society, and Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the national Computer Science honor society.

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