Career Options and Job Opportunities
Graduates have a solid basis in Mathematics with knowledge of Computer Science. This enables them to work in industry, or to continue on to a higher degree.
This is a three-year (BSc) or four-year (BSc) program combining a degree in Mathematics with study of the main subjects of Computer Science. In the three-year program, the courses in computer science constitute about one-third of the required points for the degree; the four-year program provides a broader foundation in computer science. Many Computer Science students, especially those who are studying for higher degrees, feel that they lack a strong mathematics foundation. This basis is also increasingly important to industry. The program is designed to meet this requirement.
My name is Felix. Before beginning my studies in the Technion I debated between studying math and computer science, as both fields intrigued me. Today I know the conception I then had of these two sciences was naive, but the dilemma was real and difficult. I was lucky that Professor Itai Shafrir, a faculty member of the math faculty, advised me to sign up for the double track major and to taste both fields and to see which appealed more to me. I am happy that I listened to his advice – I have not regretted the decision.
The beauty of the double major is that it offers a broad and serious foundation in both disciplines. On this basis a student can choose his own direction later on. Some of my friends from this program chose to take many assorted computer science courses. I chose to focus on the mathematical aspects and requested participate in research. Here also I was lucky, since I was in the special program for outstanding students - so I was assigned a mentor from my “home” faculty, the math faculty. Thus, I was fortunate to meet Professor Avi Berman, who encouraged me to engage in research and to develop as a mathematician. He provided encouragement and supported my first hesitant steps. These steps led over time to my Master's and Doctoral theses, done under the supervision of Professor Berman. I am honored to be his student.
I am happy to say that the classes in computer science were not a waste of time. In addition to satisfying my intellectual interests, the knowledge gained has server me greatly in my work at Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, but that is a story for another time.
In summary, I highly recommend studying in the Math faculty, it is a sympathetic academic family that is fun to be a part of. I specifically recommend the joint degree program in mathematics and computer science.
The course curriculum is outlined on the internet at: undergraduate.technion.ac.il