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B.S. in Mathematics / Computer Science

Department of Mathematical Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics/Computer Science degree is designed with flexibility to provide academically sound training in mathematics and computer science which will enable graduates of this program either to continue their education in graduate studies or to find suitable employment. Employment opportunities for graduates exist mainly in the computer services industry, both locally and nationwide.

Math/Computer Science Curricula

In pursuing the B.S. in Mathematics/Computer Science, students will complete a set of courses that fulfills the general education requirements, a set of mathematics and computer science courses that comprises the major, and several hours of elective courses. Students are allowed the flexibility to choose a general advisement track or a computer science advisement track to satisfy major requirements.

Two important areas of the Mathematics/Computer Science curriculum are computer science and mathematics. Students take courses which will assure competence in at least one of the major computer languages in use today. Furthermore, students become proficient in algorithmic design, numerical analysis, and systems analysis. Students are also provided with mathematics courses giving a strong mathematical foundation on which computer science is based. In addition, the curriculum covers all of the modern knowledge of mathematics required for graduate study in mathematics. Finally, students are given training in logical problem solving. This last skill is one of the most important and valuable assets an individual can present to an employer.

A foreign language and science are also included in each curriculum. Although not specifically stated, French or German is recommended as the foreign language and physics is the recommended science.

Students are also provided free elective courses that allow the student to expand their knowledge into other areas of study in which they are interested. Students can select from courses in business, the humanities, history and political science, natural science, engineering, or other mathematics and computer science courses.

Courses in finance and accounting will be especially valuable to Mathematics/Computer Science majors who plan to seek employment after graduation. Further courses in computer science will also be valuable.

Math Placement

Exactly where a student begins studies in a program depends upon preparation. Students who have provided an SAT or ACT math score as part of their admissions process will be placed in the appropriate university-level math course according to their score on the math portion of the exam. Students who do not have an SAT or ACT score should take USC Aiken’s Math Placement Test.

Students who have scored 3 or higher on one of the ETS administered AP Examinations may be awarded college credit for certain courses.

The following information is designed to serve as a guide in tracking progress through a program.

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1. General Education Requirements

55 - 58

 A. Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World32 - 34
 At least 3 hours must be in Non-Western World Studies, unless an approved non-Western world studies course has been completed elsewhere in the student’s degree program. See definition and list of approved courses in the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs Bulletin.

1. Natural Sciences

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Astronomy (1 lab)


2. History of Civilization

(HIST 101 or HIST 102)


3. Social and Behavioral Sciences (two areas)

Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Geography


4. Languages

(Two (2) semesters of the same language required.)

6 - 8

5. Humanities (at least two areas)1

Communications (last two digits must be in 50s or 60s), History, Art History, Music History, Theatre History, Literature, Philosophy (other than logic), Religion, Selected Language courses, Humanities (HSSI acronym), Honors (HONS acronym)

 B. Intellectual and Practical Skills21

1. Critical Inquiry

Freshmen must take Critical Inquiry in their first semester of enrollment at USC Aiken. Students in degree programs which require more than 16 credit hours in the first semester of enrollment may complete Critical Inquiry during their second academic semester. Transfer students are not required to take the Critical Inquiry course; however, the one credit hour requirement will still need to be completed within the degree requirements.


2. English 101 and 102

Students should take English in their first semester of enrollment at USC Aiken (unless they have received credit for ENGL 101 and 102 through concurrent enrollment, AP, etc.). Students must complete English 101 and English 102 with a grade of C or better in order to fulfill general education requirements and before taking Writing Intensive courses (see #6) and other English courses.


3. Oral Communication

(COMM 201, COMM 241)


4. Math/Statistics/Logic

MATH 141, MATH 142, and MATH 174) (Must have a grade of C or better in these Math courses.



5. Satisfactory completion of Writing Proficiency Requirement


6. Satisfactory completion of three courses designated as Writing Intensive, at least one of which is in the student’s major.

 C. Personal and Social Responsibility3

1. American Political Institutions

(POLI 201, HIST 201, or HIST 202)


2. Inter-Curricular Enrichment Program (ICE)

Two approved events in each semester of enrollment.

 D. Integrative Learning 

While there are no specific course requirements in this category, students are strongly encouraged to include one or more integrative learning experiences in their academic programs, such as linked courses, study abroad internship, service learning, faculty-mentored research, capstone.


2. Major Requirements



Core Courses


Math 241, 242, 544


CSCI 145, 146, 562




General Advisement Track


MATH 546 or Math 554


CSCI 220


courses numbered above 300


or Computer Science Advisement Track


CSCI 220 and four of { 210, 240, 320, 330, 411, 415, 520, 521, 550}


Other MATH or CSCI coures numbered above 300


3. Cognate or Minor

A cognate or minor is not required because of the interdisciplinary nature of the program.


4. Electives

10 - 23


(no more than 6 hours of sociology courses may be applied)


Total Hours Required