The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers the following on-campus and 100% online degrees.
The BS in Mathematics degree meets the needs of students with various career goals. The BS in Mathematics degree allows students to pursue pure mathematics, actuarial science, and secondary education concentrations. Graduates are in an excellent position to continue graduate or professional studies and become engineers, medical doctors, or university professors. Potential employers of graduates of this program include state and federal government, universities, high schools, banks, insurance companies, and consulting firms.
The BS in Computer Science degree is designed to meet the needs of students with a variety of career goals. The Computer Science majors can choose a Computer Science concentration. The BS in Computer Science graduates have opportunities to work as Computer Support Specialists, Technology Consultants, Software Engineers, Web Designers, Web Developers, Computer System Engineers, and many more. They will be prepared to pursue graduate or professional studies.
The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree program is designed for students interested in interdisciplinary education. The degree program includes a core academic base and allows for flexibility in selecting an area of concentration. The BGS in Cybersecurity concentration provides students with fundamental and advanced computing systems knowledge and skills in network security, information security, system security, etc. The BGS in cybersecurity graduates have opportunities to work as Cybersecurity Specialists, information security Analysts, digital forensic examiners, cryptography engineers, etc.
The department provides mathematics, computer science, and engineering instruction to the LSUA community. It strives for excellence in teaching, scholarly activities, and service to the university and public. The department offers both on-campus and online baccalaureate degrees in mathematics and computer science and teaches various courses that support other degree programs. The department is committed to providing a positive work environment.
The Mathematics and Computer Science Department will be recognized for its excellence in instruction, scholarship, and service.
Math and CS Support Center: The Math and CS support center assists all LSUA students enrolled in any math and computer science courses. We provide free on-campus and online tutoring:
Want to be a math tutor? Send an email to Dr. Prakash Ghimire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you 100% online student or can’t make it to Campus? No problem, as an LSUA enrolled student, you will receive ten free hours of online tutoring each semester through Thinking storm. To learn more about the online tutoring, click here.
LSUA Student Success Center: LSUA Center for Students Success supports LSUA students in various sectors such as Advising, Student Development, Career Planning and Placement, etc. For more details, click here.
Q. What is the Math Major Field Test (MFT)?
A. The Math MFT is an ETS (Educational Testing Service) standardized two-hour computer-based assessment test of undergraduate mathematics. It is a multiple-choice exam consisting of 50 questions and is administered in a proctored environment.
Q. Do I need to take the MFT to graduate? Is there a minimum score I need to make on the test? What are these results used for?
A. All math majors are required to take this test during the semester they graduate. There is no required minimum score, but we ask everyone to take the exam seriously and do their best. Your percentile will be high if you correctly answer only 60% of the test items. We use test results for assessment purposes. Math majors from all over the nation take it, so it helps us measure how well we are doing in our math program.
Q. Can I find study materials or sample test questions somewhere?
A. You can find the test description and sample test questions on the ETS website.
The test description on the ETS website shows that the exam covers a wide range of mathematics content. There are no specific study materials for the test. A significant portion of the test is from Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Abstract Algebra, etc. We recommend reviewing the materials from these courses before taking the exam. The test is a little challenging, so the best approach is to make educated guesses if you're unsure about some questions and move on. This way, you can get through the exam without leaving problems unanswered.
Q. Where can I take the test? How can I register for the Major Field Test?
A. Students may take the test at the LSUA Testing Center or using a remote proctor. Online students can take the test remotely through ProctorU. Students should request an application form from the Mathematics and Computer Science Department and return the completed application to the department and the LSUA Testing Center. You can find the registration information on the LSUA testing center website.
Q. What can I use on the Major Field Test?
A. Nothing. A calculator function is available for some, but not all, of the questions on the test. It is built into the test itself, so no outside calculators are allowed. Students will be provided with scratch paper and pencils, which will be collected after testing. The paper will be shredded after the exam.
Q. What if I have any questions about the MFT?If your question is related to MFT, please contact either the LSUA testing center at email@example.com or the chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science department Prakash Ghimire at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are numerous links that are useful for those students who are interested in mathematics and computer science. Some of them are listed below:
The Louisiana State University of Alexandria is often recognized for its “family” atmosphere. For one graduate and her son, the attribute takes on a whole different meaning.
Elaine Smith and her son, Khalil, attended LSUA together this past year. Elaine is graduating this month with an Associate of Science in Nursing and Khalil just finished his freshmen year. He is currently enrolled in the chemistry degree program and hopes to become a doctor.
The medically-minded family knew that LSUA was a perfect fit for them.
While previously living in the Midwest several years ago, Elaine had enrolled in another nursing degree program. Not feeling very welcomed, she did not continue. Fast forward several years to the family’s move to Pineville, Elaine decided to try one more time and enrolled in the LSUA Department of Nursing ASN program to become an RN. It was an immediate fit.
“It was such a welcoming environment. Everyone was so nice and helpful. I knew that achieving my degree was doable at LSUA,” said Elaine.
Pleased with her choice, she recruited her son, Khalil, to also enroll in LSUA for his freshman year.
“I convinced him it (LSUA) is a great school and it would be a perfect fit for him too. I witnessed first-hand just how awesome this school is and knew he would feel the same, especially since he didn’t want to go far from home,” Elaine continued.
Khalil, in fact, enrolled and has already found his niche in the chemistry degree program under the auspices of Dr. Gerard Dumancas, Associate Professor of Chemistry at LSUA.
Despite the fact that Khalil was just a freshman, Dumancas encouraged him to participate in this year’s annual Scholar Day event which highlights student research. Through Dumancas’ mentorship, Khalil was able to complete his research amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
“It was a challenge for him (Khalil) to finish during the pandemic. He had the option of not continuing, but Dr. Dumancas really encouraged him to stay the course since he had already done so much work on the project. I’m so proud of Khalil for his work and appreciative of Dr. Dumancas for bringing out the best in my son,” said Elaine.
With the school-year finally over, Elaine and Khalil intend on continuing to spend quality time together and with the rest of their family before Elaine begins work in September.
“I’ll never regret my decision to attend LSUA. It has been a true family affair.”