# Degree Requirements

## Mathematics Studies

**Learning goals:**

- The student attains a firm foundation of fundamental mathematical concepts, methods and language sufficient to support further academic work or a career in areas requiring mathematical understanding.
- The student attains knowledge and skills to undertake independent learning beyond formal study.
- The student applies mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems and analyze new situations in mathematics and related areas.
- The student communicates mathematical ideas, both orally and in writing, with clarity and precision.

**Requirements for the Major in Mathematics. **Students complete the equivalent of 55 semester hours as described.

semester hours

4 |
MATH:112 Calculus II |

4 |
MATH:108 Introduction to Statistics |

4 |
MATH:201 Linear Algebra |

4 |
MATH:211 Multivariate Calculus |

4 |
MATH:221 Discrete Structures |

2 |
MATH:231 Foundations of Analysis |

4 |
MATH:321 Abstract Algebra |

4 |
MATH:353 Differential Equations |

4 |
One 300-level or above mathematics course |

8 |
Two 400-level mathematics courses |

1–2 |
MATH:500 Senior Colloquium |

4 |
CSCI:181 Principles of Computer Science |

8 |
Either CSCI:281 Data Structures plus another 150-level or above computer science or information systems course, or PHYS:204 and 205 Introductory Physics I and II |

**Secondary Teaching.** Majors interested in secondary teaching must complete MATH:331 Geometry and fulfill additional requirements listed in the education section. Mathematics majors sometimes also prepare to teach physics or computer science.

**Minor in Mathematics. **The minor completes 24 semester hours of mathematics courses at or above the 108 level with grades of C- or better. Requirements include MATH:111–112 Calculus I and II, MATH:201 Linear Algebra, and MATH:221 Discrete Structures. At least four semester hours must be at the 300 level or above.

**Interdisciplinary Options.** Mathematics majors can easily complete a minor in another department. Areas such as accounting, business, computer science, information systems, biology, chemistry, physics or a foreign language are natural choices. The department also sponsors a business-related minor in actuarial science.

Highly motivated students whose interests cross traditional departmental lines may also consider a s**elf-designed major.** This option provides an integrated program of study from courses in several departments and is described in the majors and minors section.

**Minor in Actuarial Science. **Students minoring in actuarial science will typically have strong interests in mathematics and business. Students taking this minor complete with grades of C- or better the following courses: MATH:211 Multivariate Calculus, MATH:441 Mathematical Statistics, MATH:351 Numerical Computing, MATH:352 Numerical Analysis, MATH:355 Operations Research, ACCT:200 Financial Accounting, MGMT:340 Corporate Financial Management and either ECON:105 Elements of Economics or ECON:201 Principles of Macroeconomics and* *ECON:202 Principles of Microeconomics. Because this is an interdisciplinary minor, at least 18 semester hours of the minor must not be credited toward the student’s major.

**Double Major/Minor in Computer Science and Mathematics.** Because the computer science major already requires several mathematics courses, many computer science majors pick up a mathematics major or minor relatively easily. However, it is department policy that cross-listed elective courses (such as Operations Research) count in only one major or minor at a time.

**Departmental Honors.** The departmental honors program encourages and recognizes outstanding academic performance. To graduate with departmental honors, a mathematics major must do the following:

- Have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the department and 3.00 overall,
- Request admission to the program at the end of the junior year,
- Consult with a faculty adviser to design an honors-quality project and begin research as a first-semester senior taking MATH:503 Independent Research,
- Complete the project during the second semester in MATH:500 Senior Colloquium, and
- Successfully pass an oral exam covering a selection of math courses.

**Kappa Mu Epsilon.** Students who meet national standards for membership are eligible to join this national undergraduate mathematics honorary society.

**Central Curriculum Capstone. **The Central Curriculum capstone requirement may be satisfied by the four-semester-hour version of MATH:500 Senior Colloquium. Students need not fulfill the Central Curriculum capstone requirement in their major, but they usually do.