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Mathematics and Computer Science Track

|     The mathematics and computer Science double major provides a scientific and practical approach to computation and its applications.     |

This track offers students the opportunity to study the theory, experimentation and engineering that form the basis of the design and use of today’s computers.

 

CORE STUDIES

The first year of the Bachelor program offers an introduction to Computer Science. Students  acquire a  solid  foundation  in  the culture  and  practice  of  modern  programming,  and  the fundamental  analytical  and  programming  skills  to  solve  everyday  problems  in  the  sciences  more  efficiently  and  effectively. They  will  also  be  prepared  to  continue  learning  other  programming languages and paradigms, and the theoretical foundations of computer science itself. In addition, the Computational Mathematics course provides students with practical knowledge  of  basic  mathematical  algorithms  and  computer  programming.
 

 

SECOND AND THIRD YEAR

During the second year of the Bachelor program, students study the mathematical and theoretical foundations of computing:

Object-oriented Programming: Students are familiarized with the C++ programming language and the object-based view of software design.
Design and Analysis of Algorithms: Students develop a deeper knowledge of the fundamental algorithms, an understanding of how they work, and an appreciation of how to implement them efficiently.  
Logic and proofs: Introduction to logic, a science that deals with the principles of validity of demonstration. Its goal is to familiarize students with formal methods for representing arguments and reasoning about them.
Machine  Learning:  describes  some  of  the  methods  and  algorithms  used in contemporary machine learning, with a variety of scientific applications.
Computer Architecture: This course investigates the design and organization of computers at their lowest level (computer hardware, operating systems, etc.).
Introduction to Networks: This  course   introduces  students  to  the  architecture  and skeleton required for implementing a protocol.

During the third year, students have to do a Bachelor Thesis, carried out in the form of a research project.

 

OPTIONAL MINOR

As part of their curriculum, students following this double major have the opportunity, if they wish, to study a minor in Biology. This option gives students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge outside of their chosen field.
The biology option offers the opportunity to add a strong corpus of knowledge in modern biology, paving the way to carriers in bioengineering or biotechnology. During the two years of major, students will follow courses on molecular biology, cellular biology and its integration at the organism level, genomics.
The biology option is built around experimentation. Half of classes consist in practical work, performed over weeks. This allows students to build their knowledge, acquire a sound scientific reasoning, and get familiar with the main techniques of modern biology.

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