General Course Information

  • Because of our size and mission, all of our students work closely with experienced and talented faculty. Whether engaging in a cutting-edge research project, receiving guidance on programming projects, or discussing general mathematics homework, the relationships students build with faculty set Mercyhurst's Mathematics and Information Technology Department apart from other colleges.
  • Our students receive instruction from faculty that are committed to teaching undergraduate students as our primary focus. Use the links above to explore our various programs, or go directly to our Programs page (leaving our department server).
  • If you wished to explore our current courses with on-line content please visit our Courses page.


Reasons to Study Mathematics at Mercyhurst

  1. A friendly, approachable, caring faculty dedicated to your education, well-being, and future success.
  2. A faculty that is outstanding in the classroom, from first year calculus to senior level advanced calculus.
  3. Small classes. Your upper level courses will typically have approximately 8 - 15 students enrolled, allowing for plenty of individual attention.
  4. Nearly 100% job placement. Almost all of our students obtain excellent jobs in their area of expertise upon graduation.
  5. Internship and Co-op opportunities. These are readily available inside and outside of Erie and have been the pathway to employment for many of our students. Also, those students who are specializing in education have plenty of opportunities to gain experience in the classroom before graduating.
  6. The Mathematics/Computer Systems department offers majors in mathematics and computer systems. Many of the faculty teach courses in both majors. Consequently, we are sensitive to how important it is for all mathematics majors to become as technologically skilled as possible whether their goal is industry, the classroom, or graduate school. We emphasize this in our advising and counsel the students to take as many computer courses as possible. (And we teach these courses.)
  7. Our faculty is actively involved in research. Recent work by the faculty includes articles in the Annals of Applied Probability, the Journal of Stochastic Processes and Their Applications, and Mathematics Teacher and supplement writing for Larson Texts.


Reasons to Study Computer Systems at Mercyhurst

Our faculty teach current technology courses such as:
  • Python is used as our Programming I course. Mercyhurst joins the select few who have, because of its beautiful and simple syntax and structure, its flexibility and versatility, and its power and popularity, embraced Python as the ideal language for those beginning to learn computer programming.
  • Introduction to Internet Programming (Revised for Fall 2015) This is not a course in web page production or graphic design; but rather an introductory programming course. As a programming class, we will learn to create valid web content using a simple text editor (a strong emphasis on validity and web standards compliance). The focus of the class will be on HTML, CSS, and the apache web server.
  • Client-Side Programming JavaScript, Jquery, AJAX.
  • Server-Side Programming (Revised for Spring 2015) This class will continue building on our programming skills in HTML, and CSS. We will develop a web application, learning PHP, MySQL.
In addition,
  • All our students have accounts on our department server to get hands-on experience working in a realistic work environment (web development both front-end and back-end, database work, Linux, data visualization, web-scraping, and others).
  • Our department houses enterprise-grade servers (RedHat Enterprise Linux, CentOS (Linux), and Windows Server 2012), and two computer labs ( Windows 8, Ubuntu, and/or Linux Fedora).
  • Our department is actively involved in a number of inter-disciplinary projects with Intelligence Studies, Forensic Science, Graphics Art, and Communications.
  • Our graduates are pursuing careers as varied as their interests. Recent graduates have gone on to graduate programs in computer science, mathematics, and law. Others use their knowledge and training for work in education and industrial settings.
The Department of Mathematics and Information Technology
Mercyhurst University
501 E 38th St
Erie, PA 16546
This page was last updated on 5 Feb 2016