Undergraduate Programs in Mathematical and Computer Sciences

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    Mathematics Plays Key Role in a Technology-Driven World, While Demand for Computer Science Professionals is Exploding

    Being able to provide answers to tough questions opens doors to exciting, fulfilling careers in today’s technology-driven world. A critical shortage in the computer science field provides a rare opportunity to cultivate software development and technical problem-solving skills with the confidence that your talent will be needed when you graduate. Evidence of this trend can be found in the numerous states and cities that have proclaimed computer science vital to their survival. Basic engineering, computer science, and statistical analysis are only a few of the rewarding opportunities that await you. Logical analysis, deduction, and calculation are prized attributes in finance, computing, industry of all kinds, climate forecasting, and risk management.

    Why Mathematics?

    Mathematicians solve the world’s mysteries through careful, rigorous debate. Profound advancements are possible only through precise definitions and a means of calculation. Ideas are formulated and then represented by various methods, including symbols, formulae, pictures, and graphics. A mathematical calculation is a thing of beauty, representing potential and progress.

    Why Computer Science?

    The global economy thrives on the innovations and discoveries that arise from computer science. Industries such as health, finance, law enforcement, and entertainment could not function without software systems.

    The World Needs Mathematics and Computer Science Majors

    Space travel wouldn’t be possible without mathematics. Data analysis is a critical part of developing new medicines and measuring climate change. The error-correcting codes used in computers wouldn’t have been created without mathematics. In fact, the development of computers began with mathematicians. Our nation and its allies are not preparing enough young people like you to meet the demand for computer science professionals. Even now, many businesses and government agencies are not able to find enough qualified employees, and the need is growing. By 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that more than a million new jobs will be created in this field. And yet, nationwide only about 40,000 computer science bachelor's degrees are being awarded each year.

    Expected Outcomes with an Undergraduate Degree in Mathematics

    Crunching the numbers to perfection and using a trained, analytical mind to solve problems are the hallmarks of this program.

    • The BS in Mathematics provides a foundation in sound, analytical thinking, which is valued in a wide variety of arenas, including business, industry, and government services. The course work also prepares you for graduate studies.
    • The BS in Applied Mathematics prepares graduates for jobs in industries that rely on computer science and statistical analysis, such as health care, retail, and finance. It is great preparation for those interested in the field of operations research where you can test your decision-making and logistics skills. This degree is also an excellent choice for those who wish to pursue a career as an actuary.
    • The BS in Mathematics Education offers teaching certifications in grades 7–12.

    Expected Outcomes with an Undergraduate Degree in Computer Science

    The flexible design of IUP's computer science programs allows you to master core skills before selecting your specialty. Even after choosing among four tracks, you have the option of changing your focus. In the end, your studies will give you the knowledge and degree needed enter the workforce or pursue graduate school and an academic career.

    All four computer science degrees challenge you with practical applications designed to meet the needs of future employers.

    • The Bachelor of Science tracks require a minor that is pertinent to your area of study and intended to complement your computer science skills and strengthen your resume
    • Experienced faculty members collaborate with you to choose a track that offers you the best possible employment outcome. Pick between software engineering, cyber security, language and systems, or a general degree in computer science.
    • Lucrative scholarships are available to assist students with passion for securing information within government agencies.

    The IUP Difference

    Mathematics faculty. Personalized attention from our skilled faculty is the norm, thanks to a generous teacher-to-student ratio. Students enjoy all the extra help they want.

    Quantity + quality. An abundance of excellent courses to choose from sets IUP apart from other universities our size. Our academic catalog provides big-time opportunity for ambitious students. Multiple BS tracks allow students to specialize in the area they believe is their strongest suit. 

    Undergraduate research projects. You’ll have the opportunity to work closely with a professor on a project—possibly publishable research, or simply an interesting project that introduces you to a cool new area of math. In any case, the project will be worthy of a student presentation at a conference.

    Scholarships–Creating Opportunities for Applying Mathematics project. Each year, S-COAM awards need-based scholarships to seven to ten sophomore, junior, or senior students seeking a math major or minor, and establishes supportive connections with master’s students for them.

    Superb track record with job recruiters. Throughout the Northeast as well as in other parts of the U.S., IUP is known among job recruiters as one of the finest places for computer science training. What does that mean? Many graduates find work immediately.

    Nationwide internships. The IUP computer science reputation and alumni network have created excellent internships that often lead to job offers before graduation.

    Balance of seasoned professionals and researchers. IUP professors do not rely on graduate students to do the teaching. Our faculty is composed of seasoned professionals from the high tech and business arenas together with researchers in software methodologies, cyber security, artificial intelligence, and signal processing. Leverage their experience to meet your goals and aspirations.