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 self-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.