School of Mathematics and Computer Science

The School of Mathematics and Computer Science was first instituted as the Department of Mathematics in 1994, admitting undergraduate students of applied mathematics and teacher students of mathematics. Once the admission of teacher students was terminated in state-run universities in Iran in 1999, the first group of undergraduate students of pure mathematics were admitted to the department. In 2000, with the approval from Iran’s Council of Higher Education Development, the first master’s program on pure mathematics was introduced and later in the same year, the first group of associate of science (A.S.) students were admitted to the Computer Science Department. Accordingly, the School of Mathematics and Computer Science, consisting of Mathematics Department and Computer Science Department, was founded in 2002 as one of the schools at Damghan University (then Damghan University of Basic Sciences). In 2005, the school’s Educational Council and the university’s Board of Directors assented to the branching of the Mathematics Department into the Pure Mathematics Department and Applied Mathematics Department. In September 2007, the Computer Science Department closed the admission of associate of science (A.S.) students and started to admit undergraduate students. With the issuing of updated syllabi for undergraduate mathematics in 2010 (the Supreme Council of Educational Planning), the Council of Higher Education Development conceded that the school admits undergraduate students in the majors of Mathematics and Applications, Statistics and Applications, and Computer Science. The first master’s program and the first doctoral program in the field of scientific computing were also offered to computer science candidates in the same year. Currently, the school has three departments (Mathematics and Applications, Computer Science, and Statistics and Applications) and 29 faculty members ranking as instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and full professor. Students are enrolled in three bachelor’s majors (Mathematics and Applications, Statistics and Applications, and Computer Science), and three majors (Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Computer Science) offered at both the master's and doctoral levels.

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Statistics is a decision-making science that is useful for managers at all ranks, and its subject of inquiry is the scientific application of mathematics in order to better understand the world. For example, the development of inferential statistics along with the development of data collection and analysis methods has had important applications for a wide range of science branches such as biology, economics, management, engineering, medicine, public health, psychology, marketing, education and sports. On the other hand, the field of probability has had significant theoretical applications for science branches such as physics, communication, quality control, transportation, aerospace, financial mathematics, stock market analysis and economics. As such, it can confidently be claimed that there is no limit to applying statistics in science. Thus, students of statistics can pursue their education in many other fields and exhibit their skills and abilities in those fields.

Computer science is considered the bridge between computer knowledge and mathematics. The main goal of computer science is to design the best algorithms for problem solving, ones that can be implemented in the shortest time, with the least error, and with the highest accuracy. Thus, this field aims to train specialists who can help solve the problems of concern in other science branches more efficiently. These specialists adopt a logical-mathematical perspective and use their computer knowledge in order to accomplish this responsibility. Career opportunities for the graduates of computer science are very similar to those for software engineers. Relatedly, the graduates can help the software engineers in a company by playing a significant role in coordinating tasks, selecting solutions, and sharing algorithms.

Mathematics can be defined as the science of order in that it aims to detect, describe, and explain order in apparently complex phenomena and situations. The main tools of this science are those concepts that enable us to describe this order. In contrast to what the majority may think, mathematics is not only about formulas and rules that can be applied anytime, anywhere, but it also deals with understanding a problem correctly and thinking deeply to find a solution to the problem. To acquire these skills, students of mathematics should be patient and have the perseverance to think about mathematical problems even for several hours, relying on their initiative and creativity to solve them. In today's world, all industries have mathematical infrastructure and, in research and development centers, mathematicians actively cooperate with engineers and other scientists; what is ultimately achieved is the outcome of their teamwork. As such, a mathematician may succeed in many professions, even in those apparently unrelated to mathematics, which can be attributed to the intellectual discipline and deep insight he gains during his studies.