2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    
    Mar 08, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Department of Mathematical, Information, and Computer Sciences


Mission Statement

The Mathematical, Information, and Computer Sciences department at Point Loma Nazarene University is committed to maintaining a curriculum that provides its students with the tools to be productive, the passion to continue learning, and Christian perspectives to provide a basis for making sound value judgments.

Purposes

  1. To prepare students for:
    • careers that use mathematics, computer science, and information systems in business, industry, government and the non-profit sector.
    • graduate study in fields related to mathematics, computer science, and information systems.
    • teaching mathematics and computer science at the secondary level.
  2. To prepare students to apply their knowledge and utilize appropriate technology to solve problems.
  3. To educate students to speak and write about their work with precision, clarity, and organization.
  4. To help students gain an understanding of, and appreciation for, the historical development, contemporary progress, and societal role of mathematics, information systems, and computer science.
  5. To integrate the study of mathematics, information systems, and computer science with the Christian liberal arts.

Tradition of Excellence

The Department of Mathematical, Information, and Computer Sciences features a highly skilled team of professors who share their wealth of knowledge with students both in and out of the classroom. The personal attention of the faculty and innovative learning environment help students to comprehend concepts in mathematics, information systems, and computer science. The accomplished faculty also conducts research with current students. Recently, topics have included random number generation, music and graph theory, statistics, stereo vision using genetic algorithms, artificial intelligence, biomathematics, and computer architecture. These types of research opportunities provide experience with modern technology and current real-world applications.

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate with a degree from the Department of Mathematical, Information, and Computer Sciences are prepared to succeed. Students have chosen careers in actuarial science, industrial engineering, information science, applied mathematics, statistics, espionage, teaching, software engineering, project management, and systems analysis.

Faculty

Ryan Botts, Ph.D.
Ohio University, Athens

Lorinda Carter, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego

Catherine Crockett, Ph.D.
University of California, Riverside

Gregory Crow, Ph.D.
University of Notre Dame

Jesús Jiménez, Ph.D.
University of Utah

Michael Leih, Ph.D.
Claremont Graduate University

Benjamin Mood, Ph.D.
University of Florida, Gainesville

Maria Zack, Ph.D., Chair
University of California, San Diego

Programs

    Major

    Point Loma Nazarene University offers four baccalaureate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), the Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.), the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). Many of the 50+ major programs also offer in-depth concentrations.

    If a second major area of study is desired, all requirements for both majors must be met with a minimum of 24 units distinguishing the two areas of study. While working on a single baccalaureate degree, the maximum number of pursuits is two majors and two minors.

    Students should review the majors and minors list in the catalog.

    Minor

     Optional minors are offered in several schools and departments. The requirements governing minors are as follows:

    • Only minors that appear in the student’s catalog of record may be earned at the point of graduation;
    • A minor is at least 16 units and is under the direct auspices of the respective school/department;
    • Students must earn a 2.000 cumulative GPA in the minor for it to be granted;
    • The minor must show a minimum of nine (9) units in residence;
    • Of the 16+ units in the minor, nine (9) must be distinct from and not counted in the major;
    • Of the 16+ units in the minor, 12 must be at the upper-division level;
    • The pass/no credit option is not available for courses within the minor; and
    • A second minor, when feasible, requires a minimum of nine (9) units distinct from and not counted either in the major or in the first minor.
    Certificate

    Optional certificates are offered in some schools or departments. The requirements governing certificates are as follows:

    • A certificate is a skill or theme-based program using approved PLNU courses that supplements a student’s undergraduate studies.
    • Only certificates that appear in the student’s catalog of record may be earned at the point of graduation.
    • Students must earn a 2.000 cumulative GPA in the certificate for it to be granted.
    • A certificate should be between 6-15 units if it is aligned with a major but may be up to 24 units if it is not aligned with a major.
    • 50% or more of the units being applied to the certificate must be unique to that certificate.
    • Of the total units in the certificate,  a minimum of 2/3 must be earned in residence.

    Courses

      Computer ScienceInformation SystemsMathematics