Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
The Department of Mathematics was formed when Shimane University was founded in 1949. The Department of Information Science was established in 1989. After several reorganizations, our department reached its present state by integrating these two departments in 1995. Mathematics is an indispensable part of a wide range of human activities. Traditionally, Japanese counted it as one of the three basic elements for primary education: "reading", "writing" and "computing". Advanced mathematics seeks beauty in numbers and figures, and also provides tools and language to analyze and describe various natural and social phenomena. Information and computer science/engineering support the basis of IT society. Nowadays, IT enables us to communicate easily with people far away, and to send and receive information immediately across the world. Information and computer science/engineering are thus indispensable parts of a wide range of human activities.
The aim of the department is to provide our students with the knowledge and skills of mathematics, statistics, computer science, and information technology demanded by today's rapidly developing high-tech society. The education program consists of four majors: Pure Mathematics, Mathematical Analysis, Applied Informatics and Computer Science. The major of Pure Mathematics includes algebra, topology, and differential geometry. Mathematical Analysis includes differential equations, real and complex analysis, applied mathematics, and statistics. The majors of Applied Informatics and Computer Science include basic theories of computer science/engineering, programming languages, numerical methods, software engineering, databases, multimedia engineering and scientific visualization, along with practical exercises.
One course in Computer Science has been accredited by JABEE (Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education) since 2004.