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Joint Major in Computer Science and Mathematics



Joint Major in Computer Science and Mathematics
The Joint Major in Computer Science and Mathematics is cooperatively administered by the Computer Science and Mathematics departments, and students will have faculty advisors from both departments. The purpose of the joint major is to provide a program of study tailored to students who are interested in the interdisciplinary connections between computer science and mathematics. Depending on how electives are selected, the program described below would position successful majors for graduate studies in either computer science or mathematics, or for immediate employment.
The Joint Computer Science and Mathematics degree program has various components: the kernel courses in computer science and mathematics; more advanced courses in computer science and in mathematics; Clinic; and electives. Each of these components is described as follows.
Four Kernel Courses in Computer Science and Mathematics
Two Computer Science Courses
Electives
 12 credits of upper division technical electives. These electives can be from math, computer science, or other departments, but must include at least 6 credits of mathematics and at least 6 credits of computer science, and must be chosen with approval of the faculty advisors so that a coherent program is formed. All electives must be numbered over 100. (Certain offcampus math courses numbered in the 100s that replicate HMC Core course content cannot be counted toward the elective requirement.) Courses that are crosslisted between computer science and mathematics, such as Complexity Theory, which appears as both MATH167 HM and CSCI142 HM , can be taken under either course number.
Clinic
Two semesters are required, taken during the senior year. Joint majors will work on a Clinic project from either mathematics, computer science, joint computer science and mathematics, or on an interdisciplinary project. Computing Practices, Projects, and People (CSCI123 HM ) is strongly recommended for students wishing to take Computer Science Clinic.


