Programs of Study

Why study mathematics at Lander?

Mathematics is fundamental to both the theoretical and the practical problem-solving components of virtually every field of study – meaning your love of numbers, formulas and equations, coupled with your analytical skills, will make you an asset on any think-tank or project team.

At Lander, you’ll be provided with the opportunity and the direction to enjoy the intellectual challenges of mathematics while gaining the knowledge necessary for success in graduate school or the work force.

The mathematics curriculum

Lander’s mathematics curriculum offers a great deal of flexibility, centering on a core of math courses that are balanced with a mix of liberal arts classes, math electives and general electives.

As a math major, you will build a solid foundation in calculus, differential equations and fundamentals of logic before progressing to studies in linear and abstract algebra, mathematical analysis and statistics. You can use your major electives to explore geometry, complex analysis or the history of mathematics, or you could choose to pursue an engineering degree at Clemson University. You can even blend your math curriculum with education courses (offered by Lander’s Department of Teacher Education) to earn secondary teacher certification. An honors program in mathematics is also available.

Programming Class

Why study computer information
systems at Lander?

Computer information systems (CIS) is one of the most exciting and rapidly evolving fields of study. Many people mistakenly consider it to be simply building computers or writing programs. In actuality, the study of computer information systems is a systemic study of the challenges and principles of computer technology. Those principles are then applied to the design and implementation of information systems that address the varying needs of modern organizations.

Unlike computer science, which tends to have a curriculum requiring intensive mathematics study, CIS programs focus on the underlying theories and hands-on application of current computer technology to business needs. The programs also incorporate associated “soft skills,” including writing, communication, teamwork and business knowledge.

The computer information systems curriculum

As a computer information systems major, you’ll develop the knowledge and skills required to understand the varied, complex computer systems of today, including their design and implementation.

The CIS major has three components: core courses, an emphasis within CIS and a minor (application area) outside CIS. The core includes sequences in problem solving, programming skills, productivity tools and information management, along with courses in data communications, computer organization, software design and analysis, and database design. The program includes hands-on computer projects and a senior capstone experience.

Your emphasis – in software development, networking or computer engineering – allows you to develop a specialization within the CIS program. Your minor provides a domain where your skills can be put into practice. Approved minors currently include business, mathematics, public administration, criminal justice, military science, health care management and electronic arts. An honors program in CIS is also available.

Dual degree with Clemson University

It sounds almost too good to be true – two very marketable degrees from two excellent schools. That’s Lander’s engineering dual degree program, offered in cooperation with Clemson University’s prestigious College of Engineering and Science.

In this course of study, you will spend three years at Lander majoring in mathematics or CIS. Then you begin two years of study at Clemson in an engineering field of your choice.

If you major in computer information systems at Lander, you may pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering at Clemson. Math majors at Lander may choose to enter any of the following engineering degree programs at Clemson: computer, ceramic and materials, civil, electrical, industrial or mechanical.

This cooperative program enables you to reap the benefits of attending both a small, liberal arts school and a large, technically oriented university and receive two bachelor’s degrees, one from each institution.

Learn More

For more information, checkout the University Catalog, or follow one of the links below:


  • BS in Computer Information Systems, Software Development Emphasis
  • BS in Computer Information Systems, Networking Emphasis
  • BS in Computer Information Systems/Computer Engineering Dual Degree*
  • BS in Mathematics/ Engineering Dual Degree*
  • BS in Mathematics
  • BS in Mathematics, Secondary Teacher Certification
  • Minors available in computer information systems, mathematics, information technology, and cybersecurity

*Dual degree program offered in cooperation with Clemson University

For full degree requirements, program goals and more, visit the department's section of the university catalog.