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Mathematics & Computer Science

Marvin L. Bittinger Department of Mathematics and Computer Science


Computer Applications students

Program Opportunities

  • Majors in: Applied Mathematics, Applied Mathematics Education, Data Science, Software Engineering
  • Minors in: Mathematics, Systems Analysis, Computer Science, Data Science

Understanding and Application

The Marvin L. Bittinger Department of Mathematics and Computer Science seeks to graduate students who can:

  • appropriately analyze a wide variety of mathematical and computing problems;
  • understand and apply relevant theory and technology to solve real-world problems;
  • develop and implement insightful and efficient solutions; and
  • effectively communicate both abstract ideas and practical solutions.

Entering students take a placement test in mathematics prior to enrolling in courses. The test results in conjunction with other criteria are used to place students in an appropriate mathematics course. Advanced placement credit in calculus and statistics is possible for students who have an especially strong mathematical background.


 Courses in mathematics are designed for students who want to:

  • acquire cultural knowledge of mathematics and its applications;
  • apply mathematical principles of analysis and modeling in the natural and social sciences and also in industry;
  • prepare for graduate studies in mathematics or related disciplines; and
  • become teachers of mathematics at the precollege and college levels.
Manchester offers a major in applied mathematics and applied mathematics education.

Computer Science

Courses in computer science are designed for students who want to:

  • acquire a conceptual foundation for understanding and working with computers in a continuously changing field;
  • learn practical skills in programming and software development;
  • prepare for careers in computing in business and industry; and
  • prepare for further study in computer science or information systems.

Emphasis is placed on working with a variety of industries and software companies to provide students with real-world software experience through classroom projects, internships and senior research.

Manchester offers a major in software engineering, a minor in computer science and a minor in systems analysis (jointly offered with the College of Business).

Data Science

  • Develop a broad experience in modeling, computing, data management and applications that will make you competitive in entering the job market.
  • Gain skills handling data from a variety of sources and apply techniques for cleaning, transforming, and structuring data for analysis.
  • Employ algorithmic problem-solving skills, including: defining requirements, decomposing problems, selecting appropriate solution strategies and developing actionable results by means of computer applications, programming and modeling.
  • Learn to build and assess statistical and machine learning models, employ a variety of formal inference procedures, and draw appropriate conclusions. 
  • And critically, acquire skills in data visualization and communication of quantitative information to both the public and organizational stakeholders.