Majors & Minors

Math and Computer Science

From developing interactive Web applications for nonprofit organizations to creating a mathematical model of the optimal free throw in basketball, you’ll learn to apply theory to real-world issues in creative and interdisciplinary ways.

Contact

Fumiko Futamura

Professor of Mathematics & Chair

Phone

512.863.1981

Fumiko Futamura

Professor of Mathematics & Chair

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

Fulfilling Southwestern’s commitment to interdisciplinary learning, the Math and Computer Science Department provides an integrated approach to solving complex, open-ended problems—a skill necessary for succeeding in the digital age and beyond. Math students discover new ways of seeing and engaging with the world around them, from predicting national healthcare expenditures or timing cancer treatments to analyzing traffic accidents and visitations to a national park. More than just learning how to code, computer science students theorize about systems while developing algorithms and gaining hands-on experiences with database management.

Whether you major in computer science, mathematics, or computational mathematics, you will be empowered to make a positive impact on the world. You will hone your critical and creative thinking through such courses as Operations Research, Artificial Intelligence, Graph Theory, and Topology. But you will also have opportunities to combine your interests in math and computer science with your passion for the arts or community service. Our recent students have

  • Used hyperbolic geometry to crochet models of Texas coral reefs
  • Analyzed the structure of the Choose Your Own Adventure series using graph theory
  • Created computer systems that generated artistic animations
  • Composed a musical performance modeling how the HIV virus proliferates through the body
  • Partnered with Upward Bound and GirlStart to improve their websites and databases

Collaborating one on one with our award-winning faculty to advance the frontiers of knowledge is just one advantage of the SU experience. As mentors and advisors, our faculty encourage student engagement with the broader mathematics community. Current students and alumni have participated in faculty-supervised research, but they have also initiated projects that have resulted in presentations and posters at regional, national, or international conferences. Our majors have garnered awards with faculty and coauthored publications in peer-reviewed journals. Students also participate in national competitions such as the Putnam Competition, the COMAP Mathematical Contest in Modeling, the Binance Dexathon, and the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest.

Equipped with adaptable, relevant skills in information processing and effective communication, our graduates have embarked on careers in multiple fields:

  • Software engineering
  • Web development
  • Medicine
  • Programming
  • Optimization
  • Actuarial
  • Consulting
  • Data security
  • K–12 and higher education
  • Financial services
  • Meteorology
  • Information sciences
  • Epidemiology


AFTER SOUTHWESTERN

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Math and Computer Science News

Watch the final beam ceremony.

Final Beam Ceremony

Watch special moments from the Final Beam Ceremony including: Jack Garey signing the final beam and a bird’s eye view of the construction.

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Professor of Mathematics Fumiko Futamura & Robert Lehr '15

Southwestern Alum and Math Faculty Win Prizes for Coauthored Paper

Robert Lehr ’15 and Professor of Mathematics Fumiko Futamura receive the Carl B. Allendoerfer Award

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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.

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