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Computer Science & Mathematics

Computer Science & Mathematics majors at Randolph College learn the underlying principles of computer science and gain problem-solving and analytical-thinking skills which will never fall out of date no matter where and how the field grows.

Randolph College students work on code in programming class.

Why Study Computer Science at Randolph?

Computer science and mathematics have always been intimately related.

The Computer Science and Mathematics Major is intended to give a student skills that will not fall out of date as technology advances during the course of your career.

In addition to the core computer science courses, the mathematics courses that are part of the degree are chosen to enhance your ability to understand the underlying principles of computer science, and they will be of special interest to those who are involved with computer graphics, cybersecurity, or algorithmic efficiency.

Degrees offered

Computer Science and
Mathematics major (BS)

Computer Science minor

Data Science interdisciplinary minor

Curriculum and Courses

Related Programs

Mathematics

Education

Data Science

Opportunities for Experience

Randolph students examine mathematical principles behind cybersecurity during the Summer Research program.
(left to right) Professor Jia Wan, Mengjin Sun, and Nhut Dang examined the effectiveness of Diffie-Hellman protocols in security encryption for their Summer Research project.

Summer Research Program

Spend the summer working closely with a professor and focused on a specific aspect of mathematics.

Randolph’s intensive eight-week Summer Research Program enables students to work with professors on a research of their own design; live in a residence hall on campus, participate in on-campus summer events, attend special seminars with guest speakers; and share the progress and results of their research.

Learn more about the Summer Research Program.

Symposium of Artists and Scholars

Modeled after a traditional academic conference, the SAS brings together students of all disciplines to share the results and highlights of the best work being produced at the College –  oral presentations, readings of creative works, performances, exhibitions of student artwork, and poster presentations.

Learn more about the Symposium of Artists and Scholars.

Internships

Learn by doing – in the field and on the job.  The Career Development Center will help place you in positions with leading companies and organizations in your field of study.

Learn more about internship opportunities.

Community Service: Randolph College SciFest

Every year Randolph College students organize and host SciFest, a 3-day science and learning festival for local schoolchildren.

Randolph student and faculty volunteers lead activities, exhibits, labs, and talks designed to get young girls and boys interested in and excited about science, technology, engineering, and  math (STEM).  

In addition to science activites for both elementary and preschool students, guests enjoy national guest speakers, a Pi Day fun run, women in science panel,  poetry jam, LEGO league, drones and robots, petting zoo, and more.

The free event draws thousands of children and families to campus every year. 

Top Ranked Professors

Randolph College’s faculty are consistently recognized as among the best in the nation. The Princeton Review ranked the College in the Top 20 for most accessible professors in the 2021 edition of its flagship college guide, The Best 387 Colleges.

Randolph has been ranked in the top 20 for most accessible professors for four consecutive years.

Computer Science Faculty

Marc Ordower

Associate Professor of Mathematics

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Michael Penn

Associate Professor of Mathematics

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Jasmine Wan

Associate Professor of Mathematics

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Only at Randolph

Randolph students can take advantage of unique programs which give them a more enriching education than can be found anywhere else.

The Liberal Arts Advantage

Randolph graduates learn to think critically, solve problems and work well with others. They are prepared to succeed in all aspects of life.

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The Randolph Plan

Randolph students work with faculty mentors to explore a broad range of disciplines as they chart their academic path.

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Money for Your Research

The Randolph Innovative Student Experience (RISE) program provides every student a $2,000 grant to fund research, creative work, experiential learning or other scholarly pursuits.

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TAKE 2

Two courses per half-mester means you get to focus in and dig deep into your coursework while still having time for the rest of the college experience. Two classes. Seven weeks. Repeat.

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Terrell Rorie '22 and Jaylan Thompson '22 interned for Code Ninjas, a program where kids learn to code while building their own video games, this summer. As they gain new skills in coding, math, logic, and problem-solving, these students progress from a white to a black belt.

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Randolph College’s computing programs have received a boost from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).

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An inadvertent viral hit: Randolph math professor’s kind sense of humor catapults him to TikTok fame

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Marc Ordower

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Credentials:B.A., University of Waterloo
Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook
Associated Departments:Mathematics, Computer Science
Email:mordower@randolphcollege.edu

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Dr. Ordower received his undergraduate degree with distinction at the University of Waterloo, where he was a Descartes Scholar, and his Ph.D. from State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received the 1994 Mathematics Department Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1994 at Stony Brook. Dr. Ordower has both taught and directed the Mathematics Division at Duke University’s Talent Identification Program. He was a visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Texas A & M University before coming to Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 2002. He has published articles in the fields of Linear Algebra, Operator Theory, and Graph Theory.

While at Randolph College, Dr. Ordower has advised several successful candidates for Honors in Mathematics, directed Summer Research students in Mathematics, and administered the Virginia Tech and Putnam Mathematics Competitions at the College.

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Jasmine Wan

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Credentials:B.S., University of Science and Technology of China
Ph.D., University of Idaho
Associated Departments:Mathematics, Computer Science
Email:jwan@randolphcollege.edu

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