SALISBURY UNIVERSITY

Mathematics and Computer Science

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The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has adopted the tetrahedron as a symbol representing the different facets of the mathematical sciences and the unity of the whole. Majors begin their study with a core of courses that introduce the beauty and utility of all four areas represented in the tetrahedron: pure mathematics, applied mathematics, computer science and statistics. They routinely work in partnership with faculty and other students to develop as professionals and to acquire skills

“Statistics may be defined as ‘a body of methods for making wise decisions in the face of uncertainty.’” — W.A. Wallis |

necessary to succeed in a variety of future endeavors. We offer various flavors of the mathematics major: a B.S. in mathematics; a B.S. in mathematics with a concentration in statistics; a B.S. in mathematics with a concentration in computer science; a B.S. in mathematics with secondary education certification and a B.S in mathematics with an Actuarial Science concentration.

The Statistics Concentration at SU combines courses in mathematics and both theoretical and applied statistics. This program prepares students for employment in entry-level positions in these fields or for graduate school in statistics. Graduating students from this program have gone on to work at the Census Bureau, National Security Agency, the IRS, Labor Bureau as well as many industries. Others have earned Ph.D.s in statistics or biostatistics.

“The computer was born to solve problems that did not exist before.” — Bill Gates |

At Salisbury University, computer science students have access to state-of-the-art technology. Our department is housed primarily on the first floor of the Henson Science Hall, which opened in 2002. In this facility, we have three computer laboratories available for instruction and research. We have a 32-station teaching lab that runs in a Windows environment and is connected to the campus network. This lab, although used primarily for classes by our department, is a campus lab and is available for general use when not reserved for a particular class. We also have a 20-station teaching lab running in the Linux operating environment, used for instruction and research, and an eight-station Linux/XP dual mode research lab. These two labs are under departmental control and are open only to mathematics and computer science students. Students can request access using their student ID Gull Cards as keys to these two labs and to our student seminar room. In addition, students with their own laptop computers can access our wireless “Hot Zones” throughout the building.

“Few realize that the world of modern mathematics is rich with vivid images and provocative ideas.’” — Ivars Peterson |

We sponsor a number of internships each year where students get first-hand experience in a business, industry or government setting. We also offer a variety of opportunities for undergraduate research. SU hosts an annual Student Research Conference where research results are presented to faculty and peers. We also send students to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research; which SU has twice hosted. The department also offers a Cyber Security Study Abroad Program in Estonia, home to NATO's Cyber Defense Center. Students in this program complete their senior year in Estonia and have the option to continue on for a second year and complete a master's degree in Cyber Security.

Undergraduate research is an emphasis in our program. Many mathematics students choose to engage in projects with faculty, some of which have led to student or student/faculty publications in refereed journals, presentations at professional meetings and, of course, presentations at Salisbury University’s own annual campus-wide Student Research Conference. Notable student accomplishments include a first place award for original student research at the spring meeting of the MD/DC/VA Section of the MAA, an award from Pi Mu Epsilon for outstanding student paper presentation at Math Fest, and two students who were chosen from a national pool of science and mathematics students to present at the CUR Poster Session on Capitol Hill.

- Dr. Donald E. Spickler, Chair; (410) 543-6148
- Jean L. Hopkins, Administrative Assistant II, HS 132B; (410) 543-6471
- Jenny Howard, Administrative Assistant I, HS 140; (410) 543-6140
- Dept. Fax: (410) 548 - 5559

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