Division of Mathematics and Computer Science
The Division of Mathematics and Computer Science has a long history of preparing both traditional and nontraditional women students for successful careers and for graduate school.
We provide an environment that empowers women in mathematics and computer science and helps them to realize their potential in those fields. Sensitive to varied learning styles as well as to the changing workplace, we use a range of teaching methods to address students' individual needs. These include cooperative learning groups, use of computer laboratory investigations, and independent learning, as well as traditional teacher-directed learning. An important focus in our curriculum is modeling and real-world applications.
Students will learn to think critically, logically, and abstractly and gain a strong theoretical foundation on which to build their understanding of current technologies—and to imagine new innovations. Through hands-on class projects, students experiment with the design and development of websites, databases, applications, software, and other technologies. Building bridges between communication and programming, design and technical abilities, these students go on to careers in a wide range of industries.
Majors in Computing:
- Computer Science (BS)
- Computer Science (BS)/Library and Information Science (MS): 3+1 Program
- Data Science and Analytics (BS)
- Health Informatics (BS)
- Information Technology (BS)
- Information Technology (BS)/Library and Information Science (MS): 3+1 Program
- Web Design & Development (BS or BA)
Majors in Mathematics and Statistics:
- Mathematics (BS)
- Economics & Mathematics (BS)
- Financial Mathematics (BS)
- Biostatistics (BS)
- Data Science and Analytics (BS)
Simmons Language Lab (SLANG)
Simmons Language Lab is a collaborative center for work on computational linguistics at Simmons University. Ongoing research attempts to bridge the gap between human understanding and machine processing of natural language. In SLANG, Assistant Professor Amber Stubbs and Director of Computer Science and Informatics Program Nanette Veilleux conduct research on both written and spoken text, including syntactic and semantic annotations, automated text processing, and studies in speech prosody.
Computer Science majors will:
- Understand the fundamental concepts and theory of computing and their application to solving real world problems.
- Express themselves and ideas orally, in writing, and the “languages” of the discipline.
- Master current and cutting edge technologies including programming languages, algorithms, databases, systems analysis, web based technologies, networks, security and hardware.
- Think abstractly, logically, clearly, and critically.
- Work in groups both as a participant and as a leader.
- Relate theory to practice.
- Be lifelong learners and able to teach themselves.
- Understand the ethical, legal, and social implications of technology.
- Become gainfully employed in technology related jobs and/or prepared for graduate study.
Student Learning Outcomes for the Mathematics Major
- Knowledge of the basic concepts and techniques in core content areas of mathematics and in elementary statistics.
- Understanding of the basic concepts and techniques in core content areas of mathematics and in elementary statistics and ability to translate that theory to other disciplines.
- Ability to apply the basic concepts and techniques in core content areas of mathematics and in elementary statistics to solve routine homework problems.
- Ability to use logical reasoning and analysis to solve more complex problems, including the ability to select from, use and interpret various mathematical approaches.
- Ability to communicate mathematical and statistical ideas clearly and precisely, including the ability to develop and write rigorous mathematical proofs.
- Ability to read and learn mathematics independently.
- Ability to program in a high level programming language.
Nanette Veilleux, Chair
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Nancy Hutchins, Executive Assistant
- (617) 521-3767
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