Mathematics and Computer Science

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Mathematics and Computer Science?

Mathematics gives you unique tools for solving problems. Computer science lets you translate ideas into action. In a world focused on science and technology, our program is a powerful combination. This major is designed for students who would like a strong foundation in computer science coupled with advanced coursework in mathematics. You’ll have the chance to work directly with faculty on their research. Students have a wide variety of opportunities, from analyzing the HIV capsid to pioneering virtual reality. Our program will prepare you for professional or graduate work. You will also be prepared for other applications in computer science and mathematics.

Career Options

  • Computer science
  • Economics
  • Financial engineering
  • Information technology
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics

Post-Graduation Success1

93% employed or continuing education

70% employed after graduation

23% attending graduate school

$89,187 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Amazon, Microsoft, Google View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Carnegie Mellon University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Calculus preferred (if available at high school)
  • Interest in Mathematics in addition to Computer Science

View All Review Criteria

Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.8 years to degree

95% first-year retention rate

79% four-year graduation rate

86% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,976
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $41,126


  • Tuition: $39,736
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $63,226


  • Tuition: $42,868
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $66,358