Following are some of the courses enjoyed by Mathematics and Computer Information Sciences students at Indiana Wesleyan University:
The engineering profession has its own standards, techniques and vocabulary. Introduction to Software Engineering is the first in a set of five courses introducing the tools of design, implementation and testing. The course culminates in a major team project. Software engineering is considered by many to be the "future direction" of the computer profession.
The Development Project is a capstone course in which seniors individually implement a software system for an off-campus agency of their choice. Though not required, this project often turns into a community service project done for a local nonprofit group or a church. Under the guidance of a supervisor from the agency, the students assess the need, design the system, implement and test the system, and present their work in a poster session and department symposium.
Math Modeling centers on simulated consulting projects in which student groups apply mathematical techniques learned in other courses to solve assigned real-world problems. Technology available for student use includes software such as Maple, Minitab and Excel, as well as an ADInstruments physiological electronic data collection system and basic scientific laboratory equipment. Past student projects have included predicting quantities such as IWU chapel service attendance, the occupancy of the dining commons at various times during the day, the number of M&M's needed to fill a given classroom, and the outcome of an NCAA basketball tournament.
History and Foundations is a course designed to give perspective to the math curriculum. Students study key discoveries from different areas of mathematics and different cultures and then present many of them to their peers. Although the workload is heavy, students often say this class was where they really learned to work closely with their classmates and be able to honestly critique their own abilities and those of others.