The mission of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is to provide contemporary educational opportunities for those in the Drew University community who will benefit from knowledge of mathematics, statistics, and computing and the social and ethical environments in which we practice these disciplines. Our audiences include students who wish to pursue careers that make use of computing, applied mathematics, and statistics; students who wish to pursue graduate study mathematics, computer science or statistics; and students, staff, and faculty across the disciplines for whom learning in one or more areas of mathematics or computer science would be advantageous, or with whom we can fruitfully collaborate in interdisciplinary programs or projects.
We strive to help our students develop the following: a facility for effective problem analysis, a keen sense of the appropriate application of existing problem-solving techniques and technologies, and the ability to innovate when necessary. Furthermore, we endeavor to train students to work effectively in teams and to communicate clearly, orally as well as in writing. We aim to give our students an appreciation of our disciplines’ relevance to various careers and to many aspects of modern life.
Students in the Mathematics and Computer Science department may major in computer science or in mathematics, or they may choose a joint major that includes core courses and electives in both disciplines. These studies provide rigor of thought and a background that is in demand not only in careers directly using mathematics and computer science but also in areas such as psychology, law and business, where clear thinking and analysis are indispensable.