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The mission of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is to integrate teaching and research in the areas of mathematics, computer science, and mathematics education so as to create a vital and diverse intellectual community dedicated to the study and further development of these subjects, both in departmental degree programs and in service to other academic majors.
Whether you are interested in computer science, mathematics, or mathematics education, the richness of educational opportunities offered in the department is based upon a long and distinguished tradition of teaching and research. Our graduates have gone on to make extraordinary contributions as researchers, teachers and intellectual leaders in a variety of fields.
The Department offers many different opportunities for students to be involved in mathematics and computer science! Become involved with Math Club; Graduate with departmental honors; apply for department focused scholarships. We are committed to providing you the best experience and outside of class opportunities.
Choosing to major in a program from our department allows you access to small class sizes and the ability to work one-on-one with your professors. If you enjoy learning and doing mathematics, then we want to work with you!
Want to be a mathematics teacher? Does the ever changing and emerging field of computer science interest you? Maybe you want to put your knowledge of mathematics to use in business or industry? A degree in mathematics from among our many options will position you to excel in your chosen field!
Our faculty love teaching, but they do so much more! From research to working in the field to engaging local teachers, our faculty have the background and work experience to further enhance your education outside of the classroom!
Semester Hours required for the Mathematics and Computer Science Major: 68-70 semester hour. Click here for more information on this program.
Total Semester Hours required for the Degree: 120 semester hours. Click here for more information on this program.
A major in Mathematics (BA with Teacher Licensure) prepares students to become secondary (9-12) teachers in the state of Illinois. Click here for more information on this program.
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Completion of a teacher licensure minor does not guarantee that the individual will be granted an endorsement to teach in that field. Individuals must meet all requirements (including state tests) as set forth by the Illinois State Board of Education to be granted an endorsement in a second teaching field. Click here for more information on this program.
Semester Hours required for the Mathematics Minor: 23 semester hours. Click here for more information on this program.
"This academic year marks my 10th anniversary teaching in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science here at Eastern Illinois University. It has not only been rewarding to work with such a supportive group of people, but an honor to be a part of a diverse department that values the experiences and perspectives of both faculty and students. As a legacy alum, I’m proud to say that my education prepared me as a professional educator, and my experience cultivated a love of learning."
"I began working at Eastern in Fall 2013. Although my research is in number theory and Diophantine equations, I enjoy teaching Probability and Statistics. There are so many real world problems that can be described and interpreted if one understands the theory behind it."
"The Math and CS department provides an outstanding learning environment for its students. Not only does the faculty make sure their students are comfortable with and understand the material, but they also ensure their students are developing essential skills for their future, whether that be graduate school or a career."Jenalee Reardon
"Every math and computer science course I took at EIU allowed me to make personal connections with my professors, transforming my learning experience into a cooperation with each professor and enhancing my love for mathematics topics I would not have expected. My overall critical thinking and problem-solving skills are vastly improved from my time at EIU, and I have dedicated math and computer science professors to thank for that."Rex Colgrove, B.A. in Mathematics (2016), M.A. in Mathematics Education (2023)
"I would not be who I am and where I am today without the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at EIU. The classes I took and the relationships I built with the professors prepared me for the workforce. I learned how to think critically and to reach out for help on difficult problems. The faculty are always willing to go the extra mile to help students succeed."Corinne Roth (2019) Data Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
"Getting my masters degree in Mathematics Education from EIU was an incredible and rewarding experience. Each class felt meaningful to my professional growth, whether I was deepening my mathematical understanding or refining my teaching practices. After graduating, I know that I can reach out to my former professors for advice and resources."Nathaniel Lackey, B.A. in Mathematics (2018), M.A. in Mathematics Education (2022)