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Halmos, Paul R.
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Theorem of the Day

One-page poster of an interesting theorem; updated daily.

Languages of the Month
Problem of the Fortnight

Check out the problems posted on the board to the left of the Sussman Room door.  See if you can solve a fun problem your fellow students can't.

Wallpaper Art Credit

The wallpaper pattern displayed on the SCU Math/CS home page was discovered by Professor Frank Farris.

Mathematics and Computer Science department
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The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Santa Clara University is home to about 30 full and part-time faculty members and about 240 departmental majors and minors, as of Spring 2014. In addition, all Santa Clara undergraduate students take at least one course in mathematics from our department.



  • iconTenure-track Job Opening

    The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Santa Clara University invites applications for a tenure-track position in computer science at the rank of assistant professor.
  • iconMATH 11-14 Textbook/MyMathLab Information

    can be found here
  • iconGeneral Meeting

    Wednesday, September 30, 4:30 pm, on the lawn between O'Connor and Mayer Theater.  For declared and prospective majors and minors in Mathematics or Computer Science. 
  • iconMath/CS Society Picnic

    Wednesday, September 30, right after general meeting on O'Connor lawn.

  • iconPutnam Mathematics Competition

    Saturday, December 5.  Join other SCU students participating in one of the most prestigious university mathematics competitions.  Contact Professor Scott for details.
  • iconFall Departmental Colloquium Series

     Tuesday afternoons, 3:50 - 4:50 pm, with light refreshments at 3:40.  Speakers from on and off campus give presentations on various topics related to mathematics and computer science.

  • iconBay Area Mathematical Adventures Talks (BAMA)

    Santa Clara University, along with San Jose State University, hosts several talks each year by outstanding mathematicians. The talks are geared toward high school students interested in mathematics. More information can be found at
  • iconFree Tutoring

    • Sussman Room (check schedule on the blackboard opposite the door to O'Connor 31).  Sponsored by Pi Mu Epsilon (schedule).
    • Basement of Benson, 7-9pm Sunday through Thursday.  Sponsored by the Drahmann Center.
  • iconGraders needed for MATH/CS courses

    See the list in the Sussman Room.  Students who have taken a course and received an A or B may apply.  Contact the instructor directly.
  • iconNews Archive

    Old news and events here.
Contact Information
  • Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
    Santa Clara University
    500 El Camino Real
    Santa Clara, CA 95053-0290
    Tel: 1-408-554-4525

    Departmental Office:
    O'Connor Hall, Room 1
    (Lower Level)

    Feel free to contact Prof. Glenn Appleby, Department Chair (1-408-551-7085), to speak with a faculty member when visiting campus or if you have questions about studying at Santa Clara.
    The presentation (PDF file) given on April 11 and 12, 2015 can be found at this link.
Featured Articles

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Read about the research of SCU's Mathematics Professor George Mohler, and how math can be used to solve crimes.

Colloquium Series

Join us at the weekly colloquia on Tuesday afternoons.

Pi Mu Epsilon

Tutoring in mathematics is available to all students courtesy of student members of the Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society.  Check the schedule in the Sussman Room, O'Connor 31.

Math/CS Society

Stay tuned for further information about quarterly activities!

Graduate Study

Five-year BS/MS program in CS: The Department collaborates with the Department of Computer Engineering to provide students the opportunity to complete a BS in computer science and an MS in computer engineering or software engineering in only five years.
Those interested in pursuing graduate study (i.e., a master's or doctor's degree) in computer engineering, software engineering, or applied mathematics are referred to programs offered by the Department of Computer Engineering or the Department of Applied Mathematics, both in the University's School of Engineering.

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