Full Time Faculty: Vittorio Addona, Amin Alhashim, Suhas Arehali, Andrew Beveridge, Paul Cantrell, Yariana Diaz, Lian Duan, Taryn Flock, Susan Fox (Chair), Kelsey Grinde, Thomas Halverson, Brianna Heggeseth, Kristin Heysse, Alireza Hosseinkhan, Bret Jackson, Alicia Johnson, Laura Lyman, Abigail Marsh, Lauren Milne, William Mitchell, Leslie Myint, Taylor Okonek, Getiria Onsongo, Joslenne Peña, Shilad Sen, Elizabeth Shoop, Lori Ziegelmeier
Mathematics Area Coordinator (and co-chair): Andrew Beveridge
Statistics Area Coordinator (and co-chair): Vittorio Addona
Data Science Area Coordinator: Shilad Sen
Computer Science Area Coordinator (and chair): Susan Fox
The MSCS department combines several disciplines: theoretical mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, data science, and computer science. These disciplines are highly connected, and we seek to build a curricula that embodies those synergies. We are committed to collaborating across disciplinary boundaries, both in research and in education. Students with all levels of preparation can find success and a home in our department. Our curriculum is designed to be inclusive and accessible to all.
Mission Statement: Our mission in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science is to contribute to the broad education of Macalester students with a particular emphasis on critical analysis, founded on methods and communication skills that are quantitative, logical, computational, and analytic in character. For our majors, we give a deep grounding that can support a variety of future professional activities. For non-majors from quantitative and analytic disciplines, we provide the foundational concepts and skills that assist them to progress in those fields. We help all students - the general education student as well as majors in our own and partner disciplines - to acquire an appreciation of the beauty and significance of our disciplines, including their relation to ongoing events in the broader world.
The MSCS department offers courses in theoretical and applied computer science, theoretical and applied mathematics, theoretical and applied statistics, and data science. The program is firmly committed to the principles and ideals of a liberal arts education. An important goal of the program is to produce graduates who are self-educators and life-long learners, characteristics that are so important in rapidly changing disciplines.
Note: MSCS majors have undergone a major revision for Fall 2021. For current/past students looking for the “old” Mathematics and Applied Math & Statistics major requirements, see the MSCS web page.
The MSCS department offers courses in theoretical and applied mathematics and a Macalester graduate in mathematics would be prepared for:
careers with quantitative work and problem-solving;
secondary school teaching;
graduate work in mathematics, applied mathematics, and related fields such as engineering, theoretical statistics or biostatistics.
The MSCS department offers a Mathematics major and minor.
Placement: Entering students should consult the Entry Courses in MSCS link on the department webpage to determine where to start in the mathematics curriculum.
Statistics area coordinator: Vittorio Addona
The MSCS department offers courses in theoretical and applied statistics and a Macalester graduate in statistics would be prepared for:
data-focused careers in industry, non-profits, and government;
graduate work in statistics, biostatistics, data science, and related fields.
The MSCS department offers a Statistics major and a Statistics minor.
Placement: Entering students should consult the Entry Courses in MSCS link on the department webpage to determine where to start in the statistics curriculum.
Data Science area coordinator: Shilad Sen
The MSCS department offers courses in data science and a Macalester graduate in data science would be prepared for:
data-focused careers in industry, non-profits, and government;
advanced study in data science and related fields.
The MSCS department offers a Data Science major and a Data Science minor.
Placement: Entering students should consult the Entry Courses in MSCS link on the department webpage to determine where to start in the data science curriculum.
Computer Science area coordinator (and MSCS department chair): Susan Fox
The MSCS department offers courses in theoretical and applied computer science, and data science and a Macalester graduate in computer science is prepared for:
advanced study in computer science or related fields,
software development and other technical work in the industry.
The MSCS department offers a Computer Science major and a Computer Science minor.
Placement: Entering students should consult the Entry Courses in MSCS link on the department webpage to determine where to start in the computer science or data science curricula.
Completing Multiple Programs in MSCS
Because MSCS offers multiple programs, we restrict some combinations of programs, due to excessive overlap. Our policies are:
Students may double-major in Computer Science and Mathematics
Students may double-major in Computer Science and Statistics
Students may not double-major in Math and Statistics
Students may not double-major in Data Science and any other MSCS major
Students who complete any MSCS minor may count no more than two courses that count toward any other major, minor, or concentration
Students may not pursue any more than two MSCS programs. Within MSCS, students can have: two majors, one major and one minor, or two minors
General Distribution Requirement
All courses in the department count toward the general distribution requirement in mathematics and natural science except those numbered COMP 154 , MATH 212 , COMP 325 and COMP 272 . COMP 154 and MATH 212 count toward the humanities general distribution requirement. COMP 272 counts toward the social science general distribution. COMP 325 counts for no general distribution.
General Education Requirements
Courses that meet the general education requirements in writing, quantitative thinking, internationalism and US identities and differences will be posted on the Registrar’s web page in advance of registration for each semester.
Additional information regarding the general distribution requirement and the general education requirements can be found in the graduation requirements section of this catalog.
The MSCS department participates in the honors program. Eligibility requirements, application procedures and specific project expectations can be found on the department webpage or the Academic Programs and Advising Office.
COMP 194 , COMP 294 , COMP 394 , COMP 494 , MATH 194 , MATH 294 , MATH 394 , MATH 494 , STAT 194 , STAT 294 , STAT 394 , STAT 494
Selected topics in computer science, mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics. When the course is offered, the topic and prerequisites for that semester will be announced and posted prior to registration. (4 credits)
The MSCS department offers independent study options in the form of tutorials, independent projects, internships, preceptorships and Honors independent projects. For more information contact the department and review the Curriculum section of the catalog.