Fordham considers combining computer science and math

Computers have become a very important part of research in mathematics.
Computers have become a very important part of research in mathematics. | File photo
Fordham University professor David Swinarski was earning his doctorate in math -- studying subatomic particles -- when he first became interested in computers.

He knew an equation he was working with would become too big and too complicated to be handled while working only with pen and paper. This is when the then-Columbia University student decided to turn to computers for help. It turned out to be a very fruitful endeavor.

Now, Swinarski is looking to combine computer science and math into one major. The assistant professor of mathematics maintains that the two majors could work well as one, especially with the advancements that have been made in computing power.

“It’s not that they’re converging," Swinarski said. "It’s just that maybe the division between them has always been a little artificial,"  

This epiphany has led to a lot of new possibilities. Computers have become a very important part of his research, especially when it comes to developing equations for his work in mathematics.

The new major would provide students with more opportunities in studies where computer science and math intersect. This would provide them with real world experience and get them ready for a job market that is moving toward using technology more, especially in the math field.

The approval from the state to combine the majors is still pending.

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