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Department ofMathematics and Computer Science

Mathematics & Computer Science


Gerald L. Alexanderson

Long-time professor of mathematics at Santa Clara University (SCU), Gerald L. Alexanderson, died on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. In his 60 years of service to SCU, he played a foundational role in building the Math and Computer Science Department.



Mathematics and computer science give two complementary ways to engage with our modern world.
Mathematics teaches you the timeless vocabulary of reason that underlies all sciences. Computer science gives you keys to unlock the power of modern technologies. Each field is both beautiful and fun, and each develops professional skills that are much in demand.

We offer courses with topics from timeless classics to emerging new fields. Our small class sizes encourage personal attention from professors and many of our students find connections to Silicon Valley companies. Our award-winning faculty members conduct research in diverse fields, and encourage undergraduate researchers to join them on the frontier of discovery. Our students go on to satisfying careers in the many sub-disciplines of mathematics and computer science, whether they pursue graduate study or start careers directly after graduation. Join us!

The Journey (So Far!) of a Global Storyteller

Alumnus Jose Acain ’06, MSME ’11 shares where life has taken him after SCU – from a trip around the world, to the stage, and beyond!

Student with poster presentation
Wilder Boyden '19 Presents Research at the Golden Section Meeting of the MAA

In February 2020, Wilder Boyden presents joint research completed with Professor Frank Farris as a poster at the conference.

Student Presents Dance App at Malaysian Conference

Yu Yang Chee, '22 Computer Science major presents his research paper at the 9th annual IEEE International Symposium on Haptic Audio-Visual Environments & Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Contact Us

    Frank Farris, Ph.D., Department Chair

    Pam Doherty, Department Manager

    Office: 408-554-4525

    Location: O'Connor Hall, Room 2