Mathematics & Computer Science
Mathematics has long been a central subject in traditional liberal arts programs. It has served as both a tool and as a paradigm for thought. The mathematics major at Bethel provides the student with these same themes.
The program is built around
a central core of both traditional and innovative courses. Students may
then choose to emphasize pregraduate, applied mathematics, education
for grades 5-12, or preactuarial courses. Students may also wish to
combine one of these with a strong minor in computer science and/or
The computer science major is a four-year program designed to acquaint the student with this rapidly expanding, contemporary subject. The computer science program has been carefully constructed to build upon the broad liberal arts and biblical studies courses that are part of every student’s program at Bethel. In today’s complex world, communication skills and historical perspectives are of critical importance to computer professionals.
Student access to computing
hardware is a major emphasis in the program. Hands-on experiences are
provided throughout the program, beginning with the first course in the
sequence. Students are also encouraged to gain practical work
experience while they are enrolled in the program. The department
supervises internships at local companies, subject to faculty
availability. There is also opportunity for employment in Information
Technology Services at Bethel University.