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The Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage includes the disciplines of Mathematics, Applied Statistics, and Computer Science. The department offers a broad-based selection of courses and programs for students who wish to pursue a career in the above fields or who need to increase their knowledge in these areas.


The two baccalaureate degree programs in mathematics offer an excellent foundation for any career involving theoretical or applied mathematics. The well-trained mathematician is needed in many sectors of the community, including business, finance, education, computing, and engineering. A minor in mathematics is available for those students wishing to pursue a major in another field.

Applied Statistics

Applied Statistics is an important discipline, because the U.S. social and economic structure has shifted from an industrialized base to an information and services base. Computer technology has led to an increased use of statistics for analyzing data across all disciplines. Therefore increasing demand exists for individuals with training in statistical analysis. A minor in Applied Statistics is available.

Computer Science

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers courses covering the major areas of computer science. These courses constitute the basis for an undergraduate major that prepares students for a variety of professional and technical careers in business, industry, and government or for graduate work leading to advanced degrees. In addition, the department offers courses for students from other fields that will use computer science as a tool in their own areas.

The department offers two degrees in computer science: the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science, and the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. The BA degree gives the student the opportunity to obtain a liberal arts background while the BS program gives the student the opportunity to pursue a sciences background. The BS degree is recommended for those seeking to pursue a graduate degree in Computer Science.

Both degrees prepare the student to pursue a professional career in the computing field and are based on the 2001 computing curriculum guidelines developed by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology's Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC). The core of both degrees emphasizes broad fundamental principles of computer science and teaches the student the necessary skill to develop solutions using current or future technology. The core topics include computer programming, systems organization, software engineering, databases, and theory. Upon completion of the core topics, the student may select electives tha explore specific areas of computer science, such as computer graphics, architecture, or intelligent systems.

Department Statistics

The Department of Mathematical Sciences currently has seventeen (17) full time faculty. Ten (10) are mathematics faculty; two (2) are applied statistics faculty; one (1) is a joint mathematics and applied statistics faculty; four (4) are computer science faculty.

The department operates a tutoring lab. The labs are staffed with student tutors who can tutor entry, freshman, and sophomore level mathematics and applied statistics courses. There are text books, instructional videos, and computers available for any mathematics students to use. The computers have Microsoft Office, Mathematica, Minitab, and SPSS.

The department also operates two computer labs for computer science courses. There are systems running the latest version of Windows, various Linux distributions, and special systems designed for multiprocessing courses.

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