Mathematics & Computer Science, B.S.

This program is intended for students who are interested in computer science and mathematical computing. It provides a solid knowledge of theoretical computer science and its mathematical foundations and compares favorably with other theoretically-oriented computer science programs. The program is particularly recommended to those students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in computer science or computational mathematics.  

Undergraduate Contact Information:

Dr. Slobodan Vucetic, Chair, Computer & Information Science
Science Education and Research Center, Room 304
215-204-8450

Dr. Gene Kwatny, Vice Chair, Computer & Information Science
Science Education and Research Center, Room 304
215-204-8450

Dr. Anthony Hughes, Faculty Advisor for Mathematics & Computer Science
Science Education and Research Center, Room 341
215-204-7910
anthony.hughes@temple.edu

Dr. Irina Mitrea, Chair, Mathematics
Wachman Hall, Room 638
215-204-7841

Dr. Boris Datskovsky, Associate Chair
Wachman Hall, Room 632
215-204-7847
mathadvising@temple.edu

Dr. Maria E. Lorenz, Undergraduate Chair
Wachman Hall, Room 524
215-204-6764
mathadvising@temple.edu

Bachelor of Science 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)
    • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement:
      Independent Research in Computer Science
      Projects in Computer Science
      Introduction to Modern Algebra
      Modern Algebra
      Senior Problem Solving
    • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
      • See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
      • Students who complete CST majors typically receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
    • Students must satisfy general Temple University residency requirements.
  2. College Requirements
    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
    • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (72-73 s.h.)
    At least 10 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 5 Math and 4 Computer Science courses must be completed at Temple.
    Computer & Information Science courses
    CIS 1068Program Design and Abstraction4
    or CIS 1968 Honors Program Design and Abstraction
    CIS 1166Mathematical Concepts in Computing I4
    or CIS 1966 Honors Mathematical Concepts in Computing I
    CIS 2107Computer Systems and Low-Level Programming4
    CIS 2166Mathematical Concepts in Computing II4
    CIS 2168Data Structures4
    CIS 3207Introduction to Systems Programming and Operating Systems4
    CIS 3223Data Structures and Algorithms3
    Select one of the following:4
    Software Design (S)
    3000+ CIS Elective 1
    Mathematics courses
    Select one of the following:4
    Calculus I with Lab 2
    Calculus I
    Honors Calculus I (F)
    MATH 1042Calculus II4
    or MATH 1942 Honors Calculus II
    MATH 2043Calculus III4
    or MATH 2943 Honors Calculus III
    Select one of the following:3-4
    Linear Algebra
    Linear Algebra with Computer Lab (F)
    MATH 2111Basic Concepts of Math3
    MATH 3031Probability Theory I3
    MATH 3096Introduction to Modern Algebra3
    or MATH 3098 Modern Algebra
    MATH 3137Real & Complex Analysis I (F)3
    or MATH 3043 Numerical Analysis I
    Select one of the following:3
    Real & Complex Analysis II (S)
    3000+ MATH Elective 3
    Science courses
    Select one of the following sequences:8
    General Chemistry I
    and General Chemistry Laboratory I
    and General Chemistry II
    and General Chemistry Laboratory II
    Honors General Chemical Science I
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory I
    and Honors General Chemical Science II
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory II
    Elementary Classical Physics I
    and Elementary Classical Physics II
    Honors Elementary Classical Physics I
    and Honors Elementary Classical Physics II (F, S)
    General Physics I
    and General Physics II
    Honors General Physics I
    and Honors General Physics II (F, S)
    Capstone course
    Select one of the following:3
    Independent Research in Computer Science 4
    Projects in Computer Science 4
    Senior Problem Solving 5
    Total Credit Hours72-73
    (F) - Fall only course
    (S) - Spring only course
    1

    Must be approved by Computer & Information Science faculty advisor.

    2

    Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.

    3

    Must be approved by Mathematics faculty advisor.

    4

    CIS 3238 is a prerequisite for CIS 4397 and CIS 4398 and should be taken as a 3000+ Computer & Information Science elective if you plan to take CIS 4397 or CIS 4398 as the capstone course.

    5

    MATH 3138 is a prerequisite for MATH 4096 and should be selected as a 3000+ Math elective if you plan to take MATH 4096 as the capstone course.

Calculation of Major GPA

The list of courses that are used to calculate major GPA is determined by the department. Students should consult with their academic advising unit for the applicable courses. In general, courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or a required course are not counted for the major GPA. This would include MATH 1022, for example.

Distinction in Major

To graduate with Distinction in Mathematics & Computer Science, a student should meet the following requirements:

  1. At the time of graduation, the student's overall grade point average (GPA), including all college-level courses, must be at least 3.50.

  2. Students must have a 3.50 or higher grade point average in the 3000+ level Computer Science courses.

  3. Students must have a GPA of 3.50 or higher in their 3000+ level Mathematics courses.

  4. Students must complete MATH 3098 and one of the following two-semester analysis sequences:

    MATH 3043
    MATH 3044
    Numerical Analysis I
    and Numerical Analysis II
    6-7
    MATH 3137
    MATH 3138
    Real & Complex Analysis I
    and Real & Complex Analysis II
    6
    MATH 3141
    MATH 3142
    Advanced Calculus I
    and Advanced Calculus II
    6

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics & Computer Science

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
CIS 1068 or 1968Program Design and Abstraction4
Select one of the following:4
Calculus I with Lab1 
Calculus I 
Honors Calculus I (F) 
General Education/Elective Credits7
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CIS 1166 or 1966Mathematical Concepts in Computing I4
MATH 1042 or 1942Calculus II4
General Education/Elective Credits8
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
CIS 2168Data Structures4
MATH 2043 or 2943Calculus III4
Select one of the following:3-4
Linear Algebra 
Linear Algebra with Computer Lab (F) 
General Education/Elective Credits4-3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CIS 2107Computer Systems and Low-Level Programming4
CIS 2166Mathematical Concepts in Computing II4
MATH 2111Basic Concepts of Math3
General Education/Elective Credits5
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
CIS 3207Introduction to Systems Programming and Operating Systems4
Select one of the following:3
Numerical Analysis I (F) 
Real Complex Analysis I (F) 
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry I 
Honors General Chemical Science I 
Elementary Classical Physics I 
Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F) 
General Physics I 
Honors General Physics I (F) 
General Education/Elective Credits4
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CIS 3223Data Structures and Algorithms3
Select one of the following:3
Real Complex Analysis II (S) 
3000+ MATH Elective2
 
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry II 
Honors General Chemical Science II 
Elementary Classical Physics II 
Honors Elementary Classical Physics II (S) 
General Physics II 
Honors General Physics II (S) 
General Education/Elective Credits5
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Select one of the following:4
Software Design (S) 
3000+ CIS Elective3
 
MATH 3031Probability Theory I3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Modern Algebra [WI] 
Modern Algebra [WI] 
General Education/Elective Credits5
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following:3
Projects in Computer Science [WI]3 
Senior Problem Solving [WI]2 
General Education/Elective Credits13
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 123
(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course
1

Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.

2

Mathematics electives must be 3000 or higher, and they must be approved by the Mathematics faculty advisor. MATH 3138 is a prerequisite for MATH 4096 and should be selected as a 3000+ Math elective if you plan to take MATH 4096 as the capstone course.

3

Computer & Information Science electives must be 3000 or higher, and they must be approved by the Computer & Information Science faculty advisor. CIS 3238 is a prerequisite for CIS 4397 and CIS 4398 and should be taken as a 3000+ Computer & Information Science elective if you plan to take CIS 4397 or CIS 4398 as the capstone course.