Department of Computer Science, Math & Physics

About Us

What majors and minors are offered?
The department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, and Mathematics.

Mathematicians use mathematical theory, computational techniques, algorithms, and the latest computer technology to solve economic, scientific, engineering, physics, and business problems. Computer information systems managers plan, coordinate, direct research and design the computer-related activities of firms. Computer scientists solve computer problems and apply computer technology to meet the individual needs of an organization. (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004-2005)

Students majoring in Mathematics may earn a teacher certification if they wish to teach at the high school level.

Minors are offered in Physics, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science and Mathematics. Physicists explore and identify basic principles governing the structure and behavior of matter, the generation and transfer of energy, and the interaction of matter and energy. (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004-2005)
What type of graduate schools and programs are your graduates attending?
Several graduates of Missouri Western’s CSMP Department further their education to earn advanced degrees. Currently, graduates are working on advanced degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics at University of Missouri - Columbia, University of Missouri – Kansas City, Iowa State University and University of Kansas.
What are the admission requirements for the program?
Computer Science or Computer Information Systems: Students must be enrolled in Computing Concepts I or have completed the course with a grade of C or better, or have an ACT composite score of 25 or higher, or an ACT science reasoning score of 28 or higher. In addition, the student must have an overall GPA of at least 2.0.

Mathematics: Students must have completed Calculus with Analytic Geometry I with a grade of C or better, or have an ACT mathematics score of 28 or higher.
As a high school student, how should I prepare for a Computer Science, Computer Information Systems or Mathematics degree?
High school students should take four years of college preparatory Mathematics, along with Physics and Computer Programming Courses. Throughout high school, students should work to develop sound study skills, good problem solving and communication skills.
What is the typical class size?
Majors can expect considerable individualized attention from professors with a typical class size of 12 to 17 students.
How do students work together with faculty?
Students often work on research projects one-on-one with faculty members, or in small teams. Faculty members also work closely with students when they are completing their  internships to ensure that students are benefiting from the experience.
What student organizations are available?
The department sponsors three student organizations:
  • Kappa Mu Epsilon, a national Mathematics honor society.
  • MATRIX, which is open to any student interested in Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics.
  • Association of Information Technology Professionals, for Computer Science students.
What type of awards have your faculty and students received?
At a national conference, Missouri Western’s student team placed 5th out of 90 teams in a web design competition. Also, a faculty member recently received an Excellence in Teaching Award from Missouri Western.
Has your department received any grants?
The department received a $294,200 National Science Foundation grant to be used for scholarships, and a $117,000 grant to work with high school teachers to improve high school science teaching.