MathematicsFor updated information, see the department Web site at http://www.susqu.edu/math.
Mathematics is the study of and search for pattern. Geometry studies patterns of shape; arithmetic of number; calculus of change; statistics of chance; and algebra of relations. Susquehanna offers programs to prepare students for graduate study, secondary school teaching and careers. Students can also design their own programs with department approval.
Internships. The department strongly recommends experiential learning. This can be gained locally, in urban areas throughout the U.S. or even abroad. The university arranges some internships; students arrange others on their own. A student's interests, grades, choice of location and other individual considerations determine availability.
Off-Campus Study. The department encourages students to spend a year or semester in approved off-campus programs. Internships abroad may be available for those with strong foreign language skills. Recent mathematics majors have studied in Britain, Germany and Japan. Still others have taken courses elsewhere in the U.S.
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 Self-Designed Major. This option provides an integrated program of study from courses in several departments and is described in the Study in Depth section.
Double major/minor in computer science and mathematics: Because the computer science major already requires several mathematics courses, many CSCI 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 programs encourages and recognizes outstanding academic performance. To graduate with departmental honors, a mathematics major must:
- have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the department and 3.0 overall,
- request admission to the program at the end of the junior year,
- consult with a faculty advisor 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.
Placement. The Department of Mathematical Sciences encourages students who exempt the Mathematics and Logic Core requirement to continue their mathematics study by enrolling in MATH:112 Calculus II. Upon successful completion of MATH:112 with a grade of B- or above, such students will earn a total of eight semester hours of credit: four semester hours for MATH:112 and four semester hours of (ungraded) Advanced Study credit in recognition of their advanced achievement. This option is not available to students who transfer in the equivalent of MATH:111 Calculus I from another college. Applied math credit may not be used to satisfy the requirement for a major or minor program.
Core Capstone. The Core Capstone requirement may be satisfied by the 2 semester hour version of MATH:500 Senior Colloquium. Students need not fulfill the Core Capstone requirement in their major, but they usually do.