The Mathematics and Computer Science Department offers majors and minors in both mathematics and computer science. The major in mathematics includes an option for a concentration in secondary education certification in mathematics. Mathematics is the foundation of the physical sciences and a tool of virtually all disciplines. The Mathematics and Computer Science Department endeavors to develop in students not only a solid foundation in analytic thinking, but also an appreciation of the nature of mathematics itself. The discipline of computer science becomes evermore fascinating as computing grows in significance in our daily lives. Mastery of fundamental computing principles is essential as we step into the increasingly virtual future. Courses in this department strive to give students proficiency in mathematics and computer science, as well as to foster a spirit of creativity, enterprise, and ethical responsibility. In the liberal arts and sciences tradition, the department emphasizes breadth of knowledge and flexibility. Majors in the department may prepare for graduate work in mathematics or computer science or for careers in secondary school mathematics education, business, industry, or government. A mathematics major is also an excellent preparation for a career in law, medicine, or engineering.

Students may pursue personal academic interests in various ways such as research with a faculty member, a senior thesis, and/or independent study. Recent projects have included mathematical modeling of pediatric digestion, measure theory, topology, advanced differential equations, applied functional analysis, robotics, and networking a soda machine. Projects may be interdisciplinary. Internships are encouraged for all as an opportunity to sample careers in mathematics and computer science. Students have worked as interns in government, business, healthcare, and education both in Baltimore and in other parts of the country.

The department has access to excellent computing facilities, linked by a campus-wide network. Extensive software use is integrated into both the computer science and mathematics curricula.

Download the Mathematics & Computer Science Department Handbook

Math/CS Handbook Fall 2013 (PDF)

Placement Exams

Mathematics Placement Exam

All students are required to take the Mathematics Placement Exam, which is available online here. The test is purely for advisory purposes and is used only to recommend placement into your first mathematics course.

Calculus Placement Exam

Although you have done very well on the Mathematics Placement Exam, you are required to take a mathematics course to meet the mathematics requirement. We recommend that you take the Calculus Placement Exam to determine if you can be placed into the second (MA 180) or third (MA 222) semester of calculus. You do not need to take this exam if you wish to enter first semester Calculus (MA 170).

If you wish to take this exam, please print the exam. (The exam is in Adobe Acrobat format. Click here to download the free Acrobat reader software).

After printing the exam, follow the instructions on the first page. After completing the exam, please mail it to:

Student Administrative Services
Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21204