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Mathematics

Degree Options

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees with a major in mathematics. Graduate programs leading to the Master of Science in Education and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees in mathematics also are available through the School of Education.

Description of Program

Students majoring in mathematics are able to plan programs appropriate for careers that require understanding of structures and patterns and analysis of data, or for further graduate study in theoretical or applied mathematics or related fields, such as other scientific disciplines or economics and MBA programs in business administration. Opportunities for mathematics majors arise in computing or high-technology firms, chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturers and with government agencies, financial institutions and the insurance industry.

Students who desire a more scientific emphasis will complete the Arts and Sciences College requirements for a BS degree; the mathematics requirements for the BA and BS degrees are the same.

Requirements for Major

Students must complete the following core of mathematics and related courses:

  • MATH 050, 070 and 100 (Calculus I, II and III)
  • MATH 080 (Linear Algebra)
  • MATH 101 (Mathematical Reasoning)
  • CS 065 (Introduction to Computer Science I)

Qualified students may omit some of these upon consultation with a departmental adviser.

In addition, a student must take at least 21 hours of upper-division coursework in mathematics and related areas. At least six of these 21 hours must be in applied mathematics courses chosen from the following courses in mathematics and statistics: 110, 120, 121, 125, 131, 132, 150, 165; at least 6 hours must be in pure mathematics courses chosen from the following courses in mathematics: 150, 153, 155, 156, 157, 176, 184, 185, 187. These courses should be chosen with an adviser to ensure the requirements are satisfied. The remaining upper-division hours are to be selected to meet the objectives of the student. These remaining courses may be other upper-level mathematics courses (not MATH 140 or the mathematics tutoring course) or approved courses in computing, statistics, actuarial science, econometrics, finances, or other areas approved by the advisor; see the department’s web page for the list of specific courses approved.

Mathematics majors should also develop competencies in one or more areas of application of mathematics such as the physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences or business.

Requirements for Minor

The student must have a departmental minor adviser and complete the following mathematics and related courses: (1) MATH 050, 070, 080, 101, (2) two additional upper-level mathematics courses that must be approved for the program by the adviser (MATH 140, Cooperative Education, may not be one of these), and (3) CS 065.

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