Undergraduate Contact Information

Mathematics & Computer Science Program

Dr. Jesse X. Yu
Program Chairperson
Henderson Hall
2nd Floor, Room 202C

Phone: (973) 290-4067
Email: jyu@cse.edu

Mathematics and Computer Science

Overview & Mission

The Mathematics and Computer Science Program offers three degree programs: Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Systems.

The Mathematics program is broad and is designed to accommodate the diversity of student needs and interests. The student is led to seek an understanding of the place of mathematics in our culture, and in particular to appreciate its relationship to the physical and social sciences. The primary goal of the mathematics curriculum is to develop the attitudes of mind and analytical skills required for efficient use and understanding of mathematics. By earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics, students prepare to pursue their chosen professions with distinction, whether it be graduate study, a career in industry, or one in mathematics education.

The Computer Science program is designed to impart students with a strong theoretical and practical background in computer science within the liberal arts tradition. The goal of the Program is to lead students to appreciate the intellectual depth of the theory of the discipline as well as to empower them to apply this knowledge in the analysis and solution of specific problems. Leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, the Computer Science program provides students with a solid foundation in computer science that will prepare them either to continue in a graduate program or to gain employment as a computer professional.

The Computer Information Systems program offers a balanced program between computing technology and business, with a strong emphasis on the effective use of computer and information technology in solving problems in business. The program provides students with a broad understanding of business, a competence in business computer programming, a knowledge of information technology, and a sound foundation in computer hardware and application software as well as computer information systems analysis, design and implementation. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer information systems, students are well-prepared for the demands of today's corporate environment, with competency in both business and computing fields.

The mission of the Mathematics and Computer Science Program is to promote competence in both mathematical and computer sciences and to foster the ability to apply mathematics and computer technology to related fields.

Student Outcomes

The goals of the Mathematics and Computer Science program at the College of Saint Elizabeth are:

  • To offer a rigorous and diverse set of courses that will enable students to acquire knowledge and competency in the major field of mathematics, computer science or computer information systems;
  • To prepare students for the use of mathematics and computer technology in a professional capacity, as a basis for advanced study, and for continued professional development;
  • To provide all students the opportunity  to learn mathematics and computer technology, to develop analytical skills, to improve quantitative thinking, and to recognize the usefulness of mathematics and computer technology;
  • To support the liberal arts environment of the College by providing all students the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of mathematics and computer technology as they apply to the student's major field of study and the world around them.

A student who completes the major requirements in the Mathematics and Computer Science program will have:

  • Acquired in-depth knowledge of, and a high level of competency in the major field of study;
  • Learned various problem solving strategies including the use of technologies and their applications
  • Acquired the necessary skills to pursue a career in the major field of study or a related field
  • Demonstrated the ability to clearly and effectively communicate ideas in the major field of study.


Graduates of the Mathematics and Computer Science Program are equipped with the mathematics and computer skills needed to engage in a successful career. Career opportunities for mathematics and computer science majors are ample. The Program takes great pride in the fact that our students find strong placements in graduate school, in primary and secondary education, and in business as well as computer related fields.

Mathematics & Computer Science Program

Requirements for a Certificate in Computer Security

A student will receive a Certificate in Computer Security after successfully completing the following computer science courses:

  • CS 115 Fundamentals of Computers and Programming (4)
  • CS 117 Introduction to Object Oriented Programming (3)
  • CS 217 Data Structures (3)
  • CS 313 Cryptography (3)
  • CS 345 Principles of Computer Security (3)

Total: 16 credits