From developing an immersive 3D virtual reality game to teach students languages, to creating mathematical models to better understand and improve the campus handicap accessibility routes, to evolving molecules through computer simulations to have specific chemical properties, our students learn to apply theory to real world issues in creative and interdisciplinary ways. Along the way, they develop concise and logical patterns of thinking, hone problem-solving skills and learn critical thought processes that carry them throughout life. The advantages of getting a mathematics and computer science education at Southwestern are as follows.
Critical thinking and analysis skills for the 21st century. Our students not only gain logical and critical thinking skills in their mathematics and computer science courses but also learn how to leverage the use of computers for graphical visualization, data analysis, and creative problem solving.
Small class sizes and direct access to professors. Our upper level courses typically have enrollments of 20 or less, often 10-15, which allows professors and students to engage more readily and facilitates students’ connections with their peers. Through these interactions, the members of the faculty are better able to serve as mentors and advisors in preparation for graduate study and careers.
Independent studies and research opportunities. Members of the faculty offer independent studies to individual students as a creative option. Motivated students also have opportunities to engage in research projects with professors. Students may apply for departmental honors, allowing for a deeper exploration into topics of interest.
Our extracurricular activities. The department supports involvement beyond the classroom, including presentations and posters at regional and national conferences, preparation for competitions such as the Putnam exam, programming contests and COMAP. We also have active and fun student clubs that are involved in campus-wide events.
SU math majors present at the 9th annual Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, held this year at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.
Southwestern professor decides to return permanently to the country where she went on a Fulbright Award in 2006-2008
Junior CS major Natalia Rodriguez had heard the conventional wisdom that it’s hard to land a really cool internship, especially in media. But she didn’t let that stop her. Learn how she showcased the very skills she intended to use on the job - creativity, technology and tenacity - to land a great internship!