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We teach, practice, and promote the mathematical and computing sciences. Our programs prepare students for careers as software developers, actuaries, mathematicians, analysts, statisticians, systems administrators, underwriters, data scientists, project managers, and educators. Our general studies courses develop the abstract quantitative reasoning that is critical to sophisticated problem-solving.
Computer Science (BS)
Computer Scientists commonly do three things: design and implement software, devise new ways to use computers, and develop effective ways to solve computing problems. They seek to understand why technology works, and apply that knowledge in practical ways.
 
Concord’s curriculum is designed to give students a thorough understanding of computers; the physics of the hardware, the underlying mathematical principles; and the creation of software solutions. The curriculum’s design is guided by recommendations from the Association of Computing Machinery and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The core prepares students for a wide variety of careers and graduate school, but students can also choose one of three concentrations in which to specialize:
  • Software Development - Designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers in software development or software engineering. Students in this concentration will learn to develop user-focused software solutions for a variety of different platforms.
  • Cybersecurity - Designed for students interested in pursuing careers in computer security or related fields. Students in this concentration will learn how to test for and defend against security vulnerabilities. Students will also learn how to create secure software and handle the aftermath of security breaches.
  • Analysis, Simulation, and Modeling - Designed for students interested in pursuing careers in analytics, artificial intelligence, or scientific computing. This concentration is suitable for double majors in Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Geosciences.
Computer Information Systems (BS)
Information systems specialists use their technology knowledge and skills to help businesses and other organizations achieve their goals. Students in this major will learn how to organize, analyze, and apply data to implement effective, efficient, and secure technology solutions.
 
Concord’s curriculum is designed to give students a strong background in computing that they can then apply to an area of interest. The curriculum’s design is guided by recommendations from the Association of Computing Machinery and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The core prepares students for a wide variety of careers and graduate school, but students can also choose one of five concentrations in which to specialize.
  • Accounting and Control - Designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers in accounting information systems. Students in this concentration will learn to recommend and create software tools to support accounting and finance applications. This concentration is suitable for double majors in Business Administration.
  • Geospatial Science - Designed for students interested in pursuing careers in geographic information systems. Students in this concentration will learn how to utilize computational tools to solve environmental and social challenges. This concentration is suitable for double majors in Geography.
  • Information Technology - Designed for students interested in pursuing careers in data analytics or computer security. Students in this concentration will learn a broad array of skills that will be beneficial to any organization.
  • Management - Designed for students interested in pursuing careers in information technology management or management information systems. Students in this concentration will learn how to utilize technology to drive business decisions. This concentration is suitable for double majors in Business Administration.
  • Web - Designed for students interested in pursuing careers in web development or interactive media. tudents in this concentration will learn and apply design principles to create web pages and visualize information. This concentration is suitable for double majors in Advertising / Graphic Design and Studio Art.
Minor in Computer Science
A computer science minor can make your expertise more attractive to prospective employers who are looking for people with top-notch computer skills in today's global business arena. You'll also be better prepared to hit the ground running in an entry-level computer science job.
Where are graduates now?
Our graduates have attended graduate programs in mathematics, statistics, computer science, economics, business, and education at The University of Colorado at Boulder, The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Fordham University, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, Winthrop University, Bowling Green State University, The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Virginia Tech, Marshall University, and West Virginia University.

Our graduates have been hired by Intel, IBM, Red Hat, Highmark, Brickstreet, National Income Life, The Health Plan, First Community Bank, City National Bank, Capital One, Community Tissue Services, Shriner's Hospital for Children, Global AlertLink, Fast Enterprises, HyperGen, Cvent, Turning Technologies LLC, Leidos, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Technica Corporation, USC Institute for Creative Technologies, US News & World Report, The United States Air Force, The Department of the Navy, The Department of Environmental Protection, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, The West Virginia Department of Administration, ArcelorMittal, Compute One, FoxGuard Solutions, The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association, The Raleigh County Sheriff's Office, Concord University, Berry College, The University of Charleston, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, New River Community and Technical College, and local public school systems in both West Virginia and Virginia.
 
Resources for Students
Tutoring for Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Concord University employs students as tutors in room 108 Science Hall near the department lobby. Our student workers are happy to help you with your mathematics and computer science courses. Concord University also offers support through Student Support Services and the Academic Success Center.

Advising and Letters of Recommendation
Course registration and withdrawal from a course require a consultation appointment with your advisor. If your advisor is a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science then you can find your advisor's contact information here (link to faculty). If you would like to change your major, please complete this online form (link to major change form). For a detailed description of our programs, including links to progression sheets, click here (link to progression sheets). If you would like to request a letter of recommendation from one of our faculty, please send the professor an email at least two weeks in advance of your application deadline with the following information: (1) the name of the program or employer to which you are applying, (2) the deadline and submission method for the letter, (3) a copy of your resume or vita, (4) a copy of your cover letter or personal statement, and (5) a list of qualities and achievements that you would like the recommender to emphasize in the letter.

Get Involved!
Consider joining either the Mathematics Club or the Coding Coalition, or both! Everyone is welcome; you need not be a mathematics or computer science major to participate. Students seeking research opportunities can begin by checking our hallway bulletin board, talking to faculty, and exploring the following links: If you are a student in one of our programs then you should also consider joining a professional organization:

Programs of Study

Computer Science (BS)
Computer Information Systems (BS)

 

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Student Research Opportunities For additional information, contact
Mr. Bowe at lbowe@concord.edu