Majors & Minors

Math and Computer Science

From developing interactive web applications for non-profit organizations to creating a mathematical model of optimal shot selection in basketball you’ll learn to apply abstract theory in creative ways to a wide variety of disciplines, including business, biology and art. In an active learning classroom environment, you’ll develop concise and logical patterns of thinking, hone your problem-solving skills and learn critical thought processes that will be useful throughout your career and your life. Along the way you will have the opportunity to travel to conferences to present your capstone project or even cutting-edge research conducted with your faculty members.


Fumiko Futamura

Professor of Mathematics & Chair



Fumiko Futamura

Professor of Mathematics & Chair

Math and Computer Science
Math and Computer Science (Credit: Southwestern University)
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.


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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Math and Computer Science News

Rendering of Fondren Jones Science Center Phase II

Southwestern Officially Breaks Ground on Phase II of Fondren-Jones Science Center

On February 2, 2018, Southwestern University officially broke ground on the second phase of a $37 million-dollar expansion to the Fondren-Jones Science Center. The project is expected to be completed and ready to welcome students in the fall of 2019.

Cameron Henkel presents at CES Conference in Las Vegas.

SU Student Cameron Henkel ‘21 Wins National Design Contest, Exhibits His Smart Medication Dispenser at CES Conference in Las Vegas

Inspired by his late great-grandmother, Cameron hopes his design will “help people lead independent lives while providing reassurance to their caretakers and loved ones.”

crochet coral reef detail

Coral Reef and Book Display

See the beautiful coral reef, crocheted by SU students, faculty & alumni