Applied Mathematics Computer Science

The need for people with a computer science background is very high and continues to grow. Virtually every organization relies heavily on computers. Computer scientists write programs, develop algorithms and design software. The field of computational mathematics combines knowledge of computer science with that of mathematics and is in great demand throughout the world.


Admission Requirements
First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.


Graduation Requirements
The computer science program leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 overall GPA and a minimum of 120 credits including completion of all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. Additionally, a minimum 2.5 GPA in all math and computer science coursework is required.

 

Required Courses (number of credit hours in parentheses)
See Course Descriptions page for more information about each course.

CPSC 130 Programming and Problem Solving (4)
CPSC 200 Object Oriented Programming (4)
CPSC 300 Data Structures and Algorithms (4)
CPSC 330 Parallel Programming (4)
CPSC 340 Computer Organization (4)
MATH 220 Calculus 1 (4)
MATH 230 Calculus 2 (4)
MATH 251 Statistics (3)
MATH 320 Calculus 3 (4)
MATH 322 Linear Algebra (3)
MATH 328 Discrete Mathematics
MATH 340 Numerical Analysis (3)
Elective (select 1 from the following: CPSC 320 or ECNS 323)

 

Sample Course Sequence
(Yellow-shaded course numbers indicate alternate-year offerings)

Odd Year Entry

Fall Odd Year 1
CPSC 130
MATH 251
Spring Even Year 1
CPSC 200
MATH 220
Fall Even Year 2
ECNS 323
 
Spring Odd Year 2
MATH 320
MATH 340
Fall Odd Year 3
CPSC 320
MATH 322
Spring Even Year 3
CPSC 330
MATH 328
Fall Even Year 4
CPSC 300
Spring Odd Year 4
CPSC 340

 Even Year Entry

Fall Even Year 1
CPSC 130
MATH 251
Spring Odd Year 1
CPSC 200
MATH 220
Fall Odd Year 2
ECNS 323
MATH 230
Spring Even Year 2
MATH 320
MATH 328
Fall Even Year 3
CPSC 300
MATH 322
Spring Odd Year 3
CPSC 340
MATH 340
Fall Odd Year 4
CPSC 320
Spring Even Year 4
CPSC 330

Contact Information

Computer Science Coordinator: Jim Nystrom
Email: nystroj@ferris.edu
Office Location: ASC 2056
Phone: (231) 591-5864

Department Information:
Mathematics Department
820 Campus Drive, ASC 2021
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 591-2565