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Majors & Minors

Undergraduate Degrees

B.S. in Computer and Information Sciences
The College at Old Westbury offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) as part of the Mathematics, Computer & Information sciences Department.

With almost every aspect of life today linked in some way to computer technology, it is necessary to have updates and be on the cutting edge of new and better hardware and software.

The main focus of the CIS degree is database management and computer networking with software development also emphasized. The fundamental mode of usage of the computer is in support of information systems, either for operational efficiency or management decision making. Therefore, the study of computer-based information systems is an integral part of the CIS curriculum. Students learn about software engineering, computer networks, system design and implementation and database management. The languages of instruction are C++ and Java with LISP for the Artificial Intelligence course.

The Faculty
All full-time members of the faculty hold Ph.D. degrees in computer science or other computer-related disciplines. In addition to teaching, they are involved in a broad range of scholarly pursuits and consulting. The total enrollment in each course is limited to maximize the interaction between faculty and students.

B.S. in Mathematics
Mathematics encompasses the logic and reasoning skills that provide the tools for making decisions, interpreting observations, Explaining natural phenomena, and solving problems. The Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics shows the students the analytical power and tremendous relevance of mathematics, as well as to teach the skills needed to achieve academic and career goals within a complex and technological society. .

Mathematics is the language of sciences: it is the foundation of fields ranging from weather forecasting to financial engineering. The study of mathematics develops one's ability to express one's thoughts clearly and precisely, to reason logically, and to analyze and solve problems algorithmically.

The Faculty
Members of the Mathematics faculty have received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and for Distinguished Service. In addition to their scholarly research in areas such as number theory, topology, abstract algebra, real analysis, applied mathematics, operations research and engineering, members of the mathematics faculty also serve as consultants to business and government agencies. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty mentors on topics in pure mathematics, and on applied research projects.

B.S. in Middle Childhood Education (5-9) or
B.S. in Adolescence Education (7-12) - Mathematics

Students majoring in Mathematics, who wish to teach, can attain New York State Certification to teach secondary mathematics while studying mathematics at SUNY Old Westbury. Interested students should contact the Teacher Education Department for further information.


Computer & Information Sciences
This minor provides its students with a strong foundation in programming before students choose courses related to either computer architecture or software engineering.

The minor in mathematics is available for those students who want their formal college records to emphasize a serious amount of upper-division work in mathematics.


Did You Know?

More than 22% percent of Old Westbury's professors have earned among SUNY's highest honors - the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor, Distinguished Service Professor or Chancellor's Award for Excellence in teaching and service.

35 Old Westbury students gave up their traditional Spring Break rituals in 2006 and instead volunteered their time and effort in New Orleans to aid recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Women's volleyball coach, Marjahna Vickers, was named the 2005-06 College Female Coach of the Year by the Nassau County Sports Commission after leading the Lady Panthers to 21 wins and the most successful season in the program's history.

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