Mathematics and Computer & Information Sciences Major

The major, offered jointly by the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and the Department of Mathematics, is designed to give students an excellent background in computer science and a solid foundation in those mathematical disciplines necessary for a full understanding of computer and information sciences. The program fosters both careful reasoning and a deep understanding of technology, enhancing graduates’ marketability. The high degree of difficulty makes this joint major attractive to recruiters from the technology industry; it also prepares students who wish to pursue graduate study in computer science and other applied quantitative fields. Please note: There is no minor in this area; students are instead encouraged to minor in either mathematics or computer and information sciences.

Internships

Some majors in this program have completed internships, but such internships are not required and do not count toward the two electives in the major.

For more information

Visit the Mathematics and Computer & Information Sciences program page.

A minimum grade of C- is required for each course counting toward this joint major. An overall average of 2.0 must be separately maintained in mathematics and computer and information sciences courses.

Required courses and sufficient electives to fulfill the major are available on both campuses. Course descriptions are available from each department.

Majors in this program are eligible for honors at graduation in mathematics and computer & information sciences.

The major requires 14 total courses: 10 common required courses, two courses in one concentration, and two electives. Students must declare a concentration in mathematics or computer and information sciences. The 10 common required courses are identified below.

CourseTitleCredits
Required Courses
CISC 1600
CISC 1610
COMPUTER SCIENCE I
and COMPUTER SCIENCE I LAB
4
CISC 2000
CISC 2010
COMPUTER SCIENCE II
and COMPUTER SCIENCE II LAB
4
CISC 2200DATA STRUCTURES4
CISC 4080COMPUTER ALGORITHMS4
CISC 4090THEORY OF COMPUTATION4
MATH 1207CALCULUS II4
MATH 2004MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS I4
MATH 2001DISCRETE MATHEMATICS4
MATH 2006LINEAR ALGEBRA I4
MATH 4006NUMERICAL ANALYSIS4
Electives
Select two electives in mathematics (numbered above 2000) or computer and information sciences (possibly including 5000 level graduate courses) 1
Concentration
Select one of the following:
Mathematics Concentration
Computer and Information Sciences Concentration
1

At least one elective must be from mathematics if the computer and information sciences concentration is chosen and at least one elective must be in computer and information sciences if the mathematics concentration is chosen.

Concentrations

Each student must also take two courses from one of the following two concentrations. Courses from the concentration not chosen may be used as electives.

Mathematics Concentration

CourseTitleCredits
Select two of the following:8
PROBABILITY
STATISTICS
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATION

Computer and Information Sciences Concentration

CourseTitleCredits
Select two of the following:8
DATABASE SYSTEMS
COMPUTER ORGANIZATION
OPERATING SYSTEMS
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
DATA COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKS
DATA MINING

Availability

The major in mathematics and computer & information sciences is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Students in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies may major in mathematics and computer & information sciences only if their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses at the Rose Hill or Lincoln Center campuses.

Fordham College at Rose Hill students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Fordham College at Lincoln Center students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum.