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Mathematics

Major Requirements

In addition to satisfying the institutional and distribution requirements, students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics must complete the following major and cognate courses or their equivalents:

  • MTH 1314  Discrete Mathematics
  • MTH 1217  Calculus I
  • MTH 1218  Calculus II
  • MTH 2219  Calculus III
  • MTH 2220  Differential Equations
  • MTH 3335  Linear Algebra
  • MTH 4336  Abstract Algebra
  • MTH 4343  Real Analysis
  • CSC 1610  Computer Science I

12  additional credits of  mathematics electives (2000  level or higher)

  • MTH 2423 Topics in Geometry
  • MTH 2527 Probability and Statistics I
  • MTH 2528 Probability and Statistics II
  • MTH 2644 Combinatorics
  • MTH 2650 Knot Theory
  • MTH 3400 Readings in Mathematics
  • MTH 3623 Topics in Combinatorial Geometry
  • MTH 3701 Modeling and Simulation
  • MTH 3725 Numerical Analysis
  • MTH 4600 Topics in Mathematics
  • MTH 4623 Applied Analysis
  • MTH 4645 Complex Analysis
  • MTH 4800 Directed Study

All students are strongly urged to take additional mathematics electives, to begin an early study of a modern language, particularly those considering graduate study, and to take two semesters of a natural science.  

Click here for a typical schedule for math majors.

Program Learning Goals

Through required and elective courses, our mathematics majors develop the ability to:

  1. Effectively communicate mathematical ideas and use appropriate mathematical language to construct mathematically rigorous and logically correct proofs;
  2. Solve problems using the appropriate skills and techniques of differential, integral, and multivariable calculus, and differential equations and be able to apply these concepts and skills to a wide variety of routine problems;
  3. Explore and conjecture by recognizing and generalizing patterns;
  4. Apply mathematical concepts and techniques to model situations and solve the resulting non-routine (a.k.a. real world) problems;
  5. Use technology as an effective tool to investigate, understand, and apply mathematics.

Major GPA

The GPA for the mathematics major will be calculated by taking the average of the eight required mathematics courses and the best 12 credits of mathematics electives numbered 2000 or higher.

Mathematics With Teaching Option

In addition to the institutional and distribution requirements and the education courses offered by the Department of Education for the teacher preparation program, the student must complete all of the requirements for a major in mathematics listed above with MTH 2423 Topics in Geometry, MTH 2527 Probability and Statistics I, and MTH 3400 Readings in Mathematics required as the additional 12 credits of mathematics electives. The student must maintain a 3.00 quality point average.

Mathematics-Economics

Starting in Fall 2014, a major in Mathematics-Economics is an option for students interested in combining mathematical rigor with economic principles and applications. This major is administered by the Economics Department.

Custom Designed Interdisciplinary Major Programs

The Department of Mathematics encourages students to design their own customized program of studies that combines an in-depth study of mathematics with extensive work in a related discipline. In addition to the institutional and distribution requirements, these programs generally require 24 credits in mathematics at the 1200 level or higher, 24 credits in the related department, and a 4-credit capstone course that integrates work in the two disciplines. In the past, students have pursued joint majors that combine mathematics with biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, electrical engineering, civil engineering, physics, and psychology. Other combinations are possible. Interested students should meet with the chair of the Mathematics Department to select faculty advisors from the two departments, to create a proposed set of courses from each department, and to obtain the necessary approvals from the two departments.