Computational Mathematics bachelor of science degree
Computational Mathematics
Bachelor of science degree
Breadcrumb
 RIT /
 Rochester Institute of Technology /
 Academics /
 Computational Mathematics BS
Program Contact
585‑475‑5887, mecsma@rit.edu
Overview
An emphasis on using computers as tools to solve mathematically modeled physical problems in business, science, engineering, and more.
The computational mathematics major combines the beauty and logic of mathematics with the application of today’s fastest and most powerful computers. The major uses computers as problemsolving tools to come up with mathematical solutions to realworld problems in engineering, operations research, economics, business and other areas of science. The skills you learn can be applied to everyday life, from computing security and telecommunication networking to routes for school buses and delivery companies. The computational mathematics major gives you a solid foundation in both mathematics and computational methods that you need to be successful in the field or in graduate school.
Computational mathematics prepares you for a mathematical career that incorporates extensive computer science skills. In this major, much emphasis is given to the use of the computer as a tool to solve mathematically modeled physical problems. Students often pursue positions as mathematical analysts, scientific programmers, software engineers, or systems analysts. Job opportunities in private industry and government abound in this field.
Experiential learning
Students are required to complete an experiential learning experience as part of the major. Students may fulfill this requirement by participating in research opportunities, completing a cooperative education placement, or by taking Senior Capstone in Mathematics (MATH500) as one of their program electives.
Industries

Insurance 
Government (Local, State, Federal) 
Internet and Software 
Defense 
Electronic and Computer Hardware 
Manufacturing
Typical Job Titles
Software Engineer  Computer Scientist 
Analyst (e.g. Operations Research)  Cryptanalyst (codes) 
Actuary  Market Researcher 
Financial Advisor 
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Curriculum
Computational mathematics, BS degree, typical course sequence
Course  Sem. Cr. Hrs.  

First Year  
MATH181 
LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): Projectbased Calculus I
This is the first in a twocourse sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, rules of differentiation, applications of the derivative, Riemann sums, definite integrals, and indefinite integrals.

4 
MATH182 
LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Projectbased Calculus II
This is the second in a twocourse sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers techniques of integration including integration by parts, partial fractions, improper integrals, applications of integration, representing functions by infinite series, convergence and divergence of series, parametric curves, and polar coordinates.

4 
MATH199 
Mathematics and Statistics Seminar
This course introduces the programs within the School of Mathematical Sciences, and provides an introduction to math and statistics software. The course provides practice in technical writing.

1 
CSCI141 
Computer Science I
This course serves as an introduction to computational thinking using a problemcentered approach. Specific topics covered include: expression of algorithms in pseudo code and a programming language; functional and imperative programming techniques; control structures; problem solving using recursion; basic searching and sorting; elementary data structures such as lists, trees, and graphs; and correctness, testing and debugging. Assignments (both in class and for homework) requiring a pseudo code solution and an implementation are an integral part of the course. An endofterm project is also required.

4 
CSCI142 
Computer Science II
This course delves further into problem solving by continuing the discussion of data structure use and design, but now from an objectoriented perspective. Key topics include more information on tree and graph structures, nested data structures, objects, classes, inheritance, interfaces, objectoriented collection class libraries for abstract data types (e.g. stacks, queues, maps, and trees), and static vs. dynamic data types. Concepts of objectoriented design are a large part of the course. Software qualities related to object orientation, namely cohesion, minimal coupling, modifiability, and extensibility, are all introduced in this course, as well as a few elementary objectoriented design patterns. Input and output streams, graphical user interfaces, and exception handling are covered. Students will also be introduced to a modern integrated software development environment (IDE). Programming projects will be required.

4 
ACSC010 
Year One
The Year One class serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for firstyear students to access campus resources, services and opportunities that promote selfknowledge, personal success, leadership development, social responsibility and life academic skills awareness and application. Year One is also designed to challenge and encourage firstyear students to get to know one another, build relationships and help them become an integral part of the campus community.

0 
LAS Perspective 1 (ethical)

3  
LAS Perspective 5‡ (natural science inquiry)

4  
First Year LAS Elective

3  
First Year Writing (WI)

3  
Wellness Education*

0  
Second Year  
MATH221 
Multivariable and Vector Calculus
This course is principally a study of the calculus of functions of two or more variables, but also includes a study of vectors, vectorvalued functions and their derivatives. The course covers limits, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, Stokes' Theorem, Green's Theorem, the Divergence Theorem, and applications in physics. Credit cannot be granted for both this course and MATH219.

4 
MATH251 
Probability and Statistics I
This course introduces sample spaces and events, axioms of probability, counting techniques, conditional probability and independence, distributions of discrete and continuous random variables, joint distributions (discrete and continuous), the central limit theorem, descriptive statistics, interval estimation, and applications of probability and statistics to realworld problems. A statistical package such as Minitab or R is used for data analysis and statistical applications.

3 
MATH231 
Differential Equations
This course is an introduction to the study of ordinary differential equations and their applications. Topics include solutions to first order equations and linear second order equations, method of undetermined coefficients, variation of parameters, linear independence and the Wronskian, vibrating systems, and Laplace transforms.

3 
MATH241 
Linear Algebra
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of linear algebra, and techniques of matrix manipulation. Topics include linear transformations, Gaussian elimination, matrix arithmetic, determinants, vector spaces, linear independence, basis, null space, row space, and column space of a matrix, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, change of basis, similarity and diagonalization. Various applications are studied throughout the course.

3 
CSCI243 
The Mechanics of Programming
Students will be introduced to the details of program structure and the mechanics of execution as well as supportive operating system features. Security and performance issues in program design will be discussed. The program translation process will be examined. Programming assignments will be required.

3 
MATH200 
Discrete Mathematics with Introduction to Proofs
This course prepares students for professions that use mathematics in daily practice, and for mathematics courses beyond the introductory level where it is essential to communicate effectively in the language of mathematics. It covers various methods of mathematical proof, starting with basic techniques in propositional and predicate calculus and set theory, and then moving to applications in advanced mathematics.

3 
CSCI262 
Introduction to Computer Science Theory
This course provides an introduction to the theory of computation, including formal languages, grammars, automata theory, computability, and complexity.

3 
MATH399 
Mathematical Science Job Search Seminar
This course helps students prepare to search for coop or fulltime employment. Students will learn strategies for conducting a successful job search and transitioning into the work world. The course meets one hour each week for five weeks.

0 
LAS Perspective 2 (artistic)

3  
LAS Perspective 3 (global)

3  
LAS Perspective 6‡ (scientific principles)

4  
Third Year  
MATH431 
Real Variables I
This course is an investigation and extension of the theoretical aspects of elementary calculus. Topics include mathematical induction, real numbers, sequences, functions, limits, and continuity. The workshop will focus on helping students develop skill in writing proofs.

3 
MATH411 
Numerical Analysis
This course covers numerical techniques for the solution of nonlinear equations, interpolation, differentiation, integration, and the solution of initial value problems.

3 
Program Electives†

12  
LAS Perspective 4 (social)

3  
LAS Immersion 1

3  
LAS Elective

3  
Open Elective

3  
Fourth Year  
MATH421 
Mathematical Modeling (WI)
This course explores problem solving, formulation of the mathematical model from physical considerations, solution of the mathematical problem, testing the model and interpretation of results. Problems are selected from the physical sciences, engineering, and economics.

3 
MATH441 
Abstract Algebra
This course covers basic set theory, number theory, groups, subgroups, cyclic and permutation groups, Lagrange and Sylow theorems, quotient groups, and isomorphism theorems. Group Theory finds applications in other scientific disciplines like physics and chemistry.

3 
Program Electives†

12  
LAS Immersion 2, 3

6  
LAS Elective

3  
Open Elective

3  
Total Semester Credit Hours 
122

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.
* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.
† Four of the program electives must be MATH or STAT courses with course numbers of at least 250, and either Graph Theory (MATH351) or Numerical Linear Algebra (MATH412) must be one of the four courses.
‡ Students will satisfy this requirement by taking either a 3 or 4 credit hour lab science course. If a science course consists of separate lecture and laboratory sections, the student MUST take both the lecture and lab portions to satisfy the requirement. The lecture alone will not fulfill the requirement.
Accelerated dual degree options
Accelerated dual degree options are for undergraduate students with outstanding academic records. Upon acceptance, wellqualified undergraduate students can begin graduate study before completing their BS degree, shortening the time it takes to earn both degrees. Students should consult an academic adviser for more information.
Computational mathematics, BS degree/Applied and computational mathematics, MS degree, typical course sequence
Course  Sem. Cr. Hrs.  

First Year  
MATH181 
LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): ProjectBased Calculus I
This is the first in a twocourse sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, rules of differentiation, applications of the derivative, Riemann sums, definite integrals, and indefinite integrals.

4 
MATH182 
LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): ProjectBased Calculus II
This is the second in a twocourse sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers techniques of integration including integration by parts, partial fractions, improper integrals, applications of integration, representing functions by infinite series, convergence and divergence of series, parametric curves, and polar coordinates.

4 
MATH199 
Mathematics and Statistics Seminar
This course introduces the programs within the School of Mathematical Sciences, and provides an introduction to math and statistics software. The course provides practice in technical writing.

1 
CSCI141 
Computer Science I
This course serves as an introduction to computational thinking using a problemcentered approach. Specific topics covered include: expression of algorithms in pseudo code and a programming language; functional and imperative programming techniques; control structures; problem solving using recursion; basic searching and sorting; elementary data structures such as lists, trees, and graphs; and correctness, testing and debugging. Assignments (both in class and for homework) requiring a pseudo code solution and an implementation are an integral part of the course. An endofterm project is also required.

4 
CSCI142 
Computer Science II
This course delves further into problem solving by continuing the discussion of data structure use and design, but now from an objectoriented perspective. Key topics include more information on tree and graph structures, nested data structures, objects, classes, inheritance, interfaces, objectoriented collection class libraries for abstract data types (e.g. stacks, queues, maps, and trees), and static vs. dynamic data types. Concepts of objectoriented design are a large part of the course. Software qualities related to object orientation, namely cohesion, minimal coupling, modifiability, and extensibility, are all introduced in this course, as well as a few elementary objectoriented design patterns. Input and output streams, graphical user interfaces, and exception handling are covered. Students will also be introduced to a modern integrated software development environment (IDE). Programming projects will be required.

4 
ACSC010 
Year One
The Year One class serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for firstyear students to access campus resources, services and opportunities that promote selfknowledge, personal success, leadership development, social responsibility and life academic skills awareness and application. Year One is also designed to challenge and encourage firstyear students to get to know one another, build relationships and help them become an integral part of the campus community.

0 
LAS Perspective 1 (ethical)

3  
LAS Perspective 5‡ (natural science inquiry)

4  
First Year LAS Elective

3  
First Year Writing (WI)

3  
Wellness Education*

0  
Open Elective

3  
Second Year  
MATH221 
Multivariable and Vector Calculus
This course is principally a study of the calculus of functions of two or more variables, but also includes a study of vectors, vectorvalued functions and their derivatives. The course covers limits, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, Stokes' Theorem, Green's Theorem, the Divergence Theorem, and applications in physics. Credit cannot be granted for both this course and MATH219.

4 
MATH241 
Linear Algebra
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of linear algebra, and techniques of matrix manipulation. Topics include linear transformations, Gaussian elimination, matrix arithmetic, determinants, vector spaces, linear independence, basis, null space, row space, and column space of a matrix, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, change of basis, similarity and diagonalization. Various applications are studied throughout the course.

3 
MATH251 
Probability and Statistics I
This course introduces sample spaces and events, axioms of probability, counting techniques, conditional probability and independence, distributions of discrete and continuous random variables, joint distributions (discrete and continuous), the central limit theorem, descriptive statistics, interval estimation, and applications of probability and statistics to realworld problems. A statistical package such as Minitab or R is used for data analysis and statistical applications.

3 
MATH231 
Differential Equations
This course is an introduction to the study of ordinary differential equations and their applications. Topics include solutions to first order equations and linear second order equations, method of undetermined coefficients, variation of parameters, linear independence and the Wronskian, vibrating systems, and Laplace transforms.

3 
MATH200 
Discrete Mathematics with Introduction to Proofs
This course prepares students for professions that use mathematics in daily practice, and for mathematics courses beyond the introductory level where it is essential to communicate effectively in the language of mathematics. It covers various methods of mathematical proof, starting with basic techniques in propositional and predicate calculus and set theory, and then moving to applications in advanced mathematics.

3 
CSCI243 
Mechanics of Programming
Students will be introduced to the details of program structure and the mechanics of execution as well as supportive operating system features. Security and performance issues in program design will be discussed. The program translation process will be examined. Programming assignments will be required.

3 
CSCI262 
Introduction to Computer Science Theory
This course provides an introduction to the theory of computation, including formal languages, grammars, automata theory, computability, and complexity.

3 
MATH399 
Mathematical Science Job Search Seminar
This course helps students prepare to search for coop or fulltime employment. Students will learn strategies for conducting a successful job search and transitioning into the work world. The course meets one hour each week for five weeks.

0 
LAS Perspective 2 (artistic)

3  
LAS Perspective 3 (global)

3  
LAS Perspective 6‡ (scientific principles)

4  
Third Year  
MATH431 
Real Variables I
This course is an investigation and extension of the theoretical aspects of elementary calculus. Topics include mathematical induction, real numbers, sequences, functions, limits, and continuity. The workshop will focus on helping students develop skill in writing proofs.

3 
MATH441 
Abstract Algebra I
This course covers basic set theory, number theory, groups, subgroups, cyclic and permutation groups, Lagrange and Sylow theorems, quotient groups, and isomorphism theorems. Group Theory finds applications in other scientific disciplines like physics and chemistry.

3 
Program Electives

12  
LAS Perspective 4 (social)

3  
LAS Immersion 1, 2

6  
LAS Elective

3  
Fourth Year  
MATH421 
Mathematical Modeling (WI)
This course explores problem solving, formulation of the mathematical model from physical considerations, solution of the mathematical problem, testing the model and interpretation of results. Problems are selected from the physical sciences, engineering, and economics.

3 
MATH606 
Graduate Seminar I
The course prepares students to engage in activities necessary for independent mathematical research and introduces students to a broad range of active interdisciplinary programs related to applied mathematics.

1 
MATH607 
Graduate Seminar II
This course is a continuation of Graduate Seminar I. It prepares students to engage in activities necessary for independent mathematical research and introduces them to a broad range of active interdisciplinary programs related to applied mathematics.

1 
MATH602 
Numerical Analysis
This course covers numerical techniques for the solution of nonlinear equations, interpolation, differentiation, integration, and matrix algebra.

3 
Math Graduate Core

6  
Open Electives

6  
LAS Immersion 3

3  
LAS Elective

3  
Program Electives

6  
Fifth Year  
MATH790 
Thesis
Masterslevel research by the candidate on an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.

7 
Math Graduate Core

3  
Concentration Core Courses

6  
Graduate Electives

9  
Total Semester Credit Hours 
152

Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.
(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.
* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.
‡ Students will satisfy this requirement by taking either a 3 or 4credit hour lab science course. If a science course consists of separate lecture and laboratory sections, the student MUST take both the lecture and lab portions to satisfy the requirement. The lecture alone will not fulfill the requirement.
Admission Requirements
Freshman Admission
For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 34 years of mathematics, 23 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.
Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations
 3 years of math required; precalculus recommended
Transfer Admission
Transfer course recommendations without associate degree
Courses in liberal arts, physics, math, and chemistry
Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer
AS degree in liberal arts with math/science option
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