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  Oct 19, 2017
2012-2013 College of Liberal Arts Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics and Computer Science

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Computer Science

About the Program

Computing, though rooted in the natural sciences and mathematics, draws on many aspects of the social sciences (e.g, social network analysis, human-computer interaction, etc.), and increasingly on arts (e.g., in interaction design) and humanities (e.g. media studies). Drew’s computer science program is designed to stimulate critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity together with effective communication skills that prepare students for academic and professional achievement.

Computer science students at Drew learn by doing. In many courses, students and instructors explore core computing topics through working on projects for real customers. To date, these projects have resulted in many completed software applications installed and in use at our partner sites. Other opportunities for real-world learning include a variety of internships and collaborative research projects with our faculty and other students.

As a computer science program that exists in the context of a larger department, college, and university, our mission is to provide contemporary educational opportunities for those within our community who will benefit from knowledge of computing and the social and ethical environments in which we practice this discipline.


  • Professors: Barry Burd, Steve Kass
  • Associate Professors:   Shannon Bradshaw (coordinator)
  • Assistant Professor: Peter Likarish

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations

A score of 4 or 5 on the computer science A or AB examinations exempts a student from CSCI 117  and CSCI 151  . Consult with the department about proper placement. 


About the Program

Mathematics lies at the heart of the liberal arts. Based in abstraction and logical reasoning, mathematics is both a body of knowledge and an elegant and useful way of perceiving our world. Through mathematics, we can distill and describe the otherwise hidden patterns and relations among things. Because of this, mathematics finds ubiquitous application, from the natural and social sciences to the humanities and the arts. Precise abstraction and quantification play an increasingly important role in these diverse areas, and the study of mathematics can provide a foundation for any of them.

The mathematics curriculum includes courses in calculus and linear algebra, which form the foundation for many of the applications of mathematics, as well as more theoretical courses in abstract algebra and analysis, which provide the depth necessary to enter mathematical careers or to apply mathematics in more sophisticated ways to other areas.

Students who have majored in mathematics recently have gone into college or secondary school teaching after graduate study, actuarial work, and careers in management or computer technology. Several recent mathematics majors have pursued cognate studies in computer science, physics or economics.

Students may major or minor in mathematics. These studies provide rigor of thought and a background that is in demand not only in careers directly using mathematics but also in areas such as psychology, law, and business, where clear thinking and analysis are indispensable.


  • Professors: Sarah Abramowitz (Coordinator of Statistics Instruction), Christopher Apelian, Barry Burd, Alan Candiotti, Steve Kass, Kathleen Madden (Chair), Steve Surace
  • RISE Fellows: Jon Kettenring, James McKenna

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations

A score of 4 or 5 on the statistics examination exempts a student from MATH 117 . A score of 4 or 5 on the calculus AB examination, or a score of 3 on the calculus BC examination, exempts a student from MATH 150 . A score of 4 or 5 on the calculus BC examination exempts a student from MATH 150  and MATH 151 . Consult with the department about appropriate placement.




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