Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics


Department of Mathematics

Combined Major in Mathematics and Computer Science

Typical Four-Year Sequence of Courses

The Department of Mathematics has prepared a typical sequence of courses that illustrates how a student in the combined major in mathematics and computer science may complete the requirements for both the mathematics major and the University General Education / Core Curriculum Requirements for graduation in four years. Each student's actual schedule may be somewhat different depending on the student's individual situation.  Note that the actual sequence of courses is mainly constrained by the course prerequisites.

Freshman Year
Fall Term
Spring Term
Course
Units
Course
Units
MATH 273 Calculus I *
4
MATH 265 Elementary Linear Algebra
4
COSC 236 Introduction to Computer
                     Science I *
4
MATH 274 Calculus II
4
ENGL 102 or TSEM
3
COSC 237 Introduction to Computer
                     Science II *
4
Gen Ed / Core Curriculum
3
TSEM or ENGL 102
3
Total
14
Total
15

Sophomore Year
Fall Term
Spring Term
Course
Units
Course
Units
MATH 267 Introduction to Abstract
                    Mathematics
4
MATH 369 Intro to Abstract Algebra
4
MATH 275 Calculus III
4
COSC 336 Data Structures and
                     Algorithm Analysis
4
COSC 290 Principles of Computer
                     Organization
3
COSC 350 Data Communications
                     and Networking
3
Gen Ed II.A.1 / Core Curriculum 7
(suggest PHYS 241)
3 or 4
Gen Ed II.A.1 / Core Curriculum 8
(Suggest PHYS 242)
3 or 4
Gen Ed / Core Curriculum
3
Total
17 to 18
Total
14 to 15

Junior Year
Fall Term
Spring Term
Course
Units
Course
Units
MATH 435 Numerical Analysis I
3
MATH 330 Introduction to Statistical
                    Methods
4
COSC 439 Operating Systems
3
COSC 457 Database Management
                     Systems
3
COSC 455 Programming Languages:
                     Design and
                     Implementation
3
Computer Science Elective
3 or 4
COMM 131 or
Gen Ed / Core Curriculum
3
Gen Ed / Core Curriculum or
COMM 131
3
Science Elective
3 or 4
Gen Ed / Core Curriculum
3
Total
15 to 16
Total
16 to 17

Senior Year
Fall Term
Spring Term
Course
Units
Course
Units
MATH 490 Senior Seminar
3
COSC 480 Senior Seminar
   or
COSC 418 Ethical and Societal
                     Concerns of Computer
                     Scientists
1 or 3
Mathematics Elective (upper division)
3 or 4
Mathematics Elective (upper division)
3 or 4
Computer Science Elective
3
Computer Science Elective
3
Gen Ed / Core Curriculum
3
Gen Ed / Core Curriculum
3
Gen Ed / Core Curriculum
3
Gen Ed / Core Curriculum
3
Total
15 to 16
Total
13 to 16

In this combined major, the total number of units required for graduation is 121 to 127.

* Notes:

  1. A minimum of 120 units is needed for graduation.
  2. The prerequisite for MATH 273 is MATH 119 and the prerequisite for COSC 236 is COSC 165 or equivalent.
  3. Students who need to start with MATH 119 are advised to either
    1. Take MATH 119 during the summer before entering Towson University or
    2. Take MATH 119 in the fall term of the freshman year.  These students will need to postpone the calculus sequence and MATH 265 for one term. They should be able to make up for this delay by either:
      1. taking a mathematics course in the summer session during the first two years, or
      2. inserting an additional mathematics course during the junior or senior year.
  4. Students who need to start with COSC 165 are advised to either
    1. Take COSC 165 during the summer before entering Towson University or
    2. Take COSC 165 during the fall term of the freshman year.  These students will need to postpone COSC 236 for one term. They should be able to make up for this delay by taking COSC 237 in the Summer Session between the Freshman and Sophomore years.
Documents
Core Curriculum Requirements Checklist (PDF)

GenEd Requirements Checklist (PDF) (for graduation under catalogs prior to 2011-2012)

 

 

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