Mathematics and Computer Science at Bridgewater College

Mathematics and Computer Science at Bridgewater College


[Music] Many students are drawn to mathematics courses and majors because they like working with numbers. They like solving problems. They like the logical pathways that exist throughout the math problems and courses. The mathematics department starts you off with numerical based classes like calculus and statistics. Then it transfers into set theory and linear algebra, where you get the basics of proofs, but you’re still using mainly numbers. Then we go into proofs. We proof things in geometry, the number system that we grew up with, we proof things about calculus and other mathematical concepts I have never heard of before. It is interesting to see what new mathematical topics people are using that you don’t hear about until you get to college. A unique opportunity that our majors get to participate in is our special topics course that they will take in their senior year. The emphasis of this course is on the communication of mathematical concepts, if not more than the content in that course. In the senior seminar course you get the chance to teach your peers about mathematical concepts, making sure that you know how to explain it to others. You get a chance to research something more in depth and I think that is really fun. In computer science classes you’re going to learn the fundamentals of programming. You’re going to learn how to control a computer and how to design programs that run on computers. Whereas in information systems management, you’re managing all of those pieces of software and the networking within a business. You’re not necessarily designing things but you’re responsible for maintaining, organizing and managing the components. In this major, students are going to learn how write great software. They’re going to learn how to communicate with databases. Also, how to develop applications for their smart phones and websites. What I enjoy most about this program is the variety of classes allows you to become a jack of all trades. You’re not just specializing in one particular thing, like programming, the IT world or business aspects. You’re getting dips of everything which helps you become more well rounded. The beauty of this department is that even if the professor is doing examples on the board there’s still opportunities for a lot of interaction between the students and the professor. I’ve really enjoyed the classroom experience at Bridgewater. In classes you don’t just sit there and listen to a professor while taking notes. You actually get a chance to work with the other students in the class. The classes are a collaborative effort between you, other students and the professor to solve a problem and that’s more of what you would find in the real world. You really get that feeling that the professor is there to work with you, not just someone you go to ask questions. They love teaching. They’re really excited about their classes and they want to help students. They’re really helpful at making sure you get the very best experience that you can.

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