20202021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog
Department of Mathematical, Information, and Computer Sciences


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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
 To prepare students for:
 careers that use mathematics, computer science, and information systems in business, industry, government and the nonprofit sector.
 graduate study in fields related to mathematics, computer science, and information systems.
 teaching mathematics and computer science at the secondary level.
 To prepare students to apply their knowledge and utilize appropriate technology to solve problems.
 To educate students to speak and write about their work with precision, clarity, and organization.
 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.
 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 realworld 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
ProgramsMajor
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 indepth 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.
 Computer Science: Cyber Security, B.S.
 Computer Science: Software Engineering, B.A.
 Computer Science: Software Engineering, B.S.
 Computer Science: Technical Applications, B.S.
 Data Science, B.S.
 General Engineering: Computer Science Engineering, B.S.E. (Mathematics and Computer Science)
 Information Systems (Mathematical, Information, and Computer Science), B.S.
 Mathematics, B.A.
 Mathematics, B.A. for Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Students
 Mathematics, B.S.
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 upperdivision 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 themebased 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 615 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.
CoursesComputer ScienceInformation SystemsMathematics
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