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Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

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Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mathematics provides students with a comprehensive education in the mathematical sciences. The quantitative curriculum prepares students to solve complex and real world problems and comprehend mathematical concepts. 

There are two tracks for the BS in Mathematics

  • The Applied Mathematics track prepares students for positions in industries, government, and postgraduate education in applied mathematics, statistics, or any related field.
  • The Pure Mathematics track prepares students for postgraduate education in pure mathematics.

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Degree Requirements (120 cr.)

Students receiving the Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics must complete 120 total credit hours including

  • Mathematics courses required for the BS in Mathematics fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.
  • Students majoring in Mathematics are required to take CSCI-C 101 Computer Programming I (4 cr.) to fulfill the requirement in Computer Literacy.
  • Students majoring in Mathematics are required to take MATH-N 390 The Natural World (3 cr.) to fulfill the Natural World Common Core requirement.
  • World Language | Successful completion of a second-semester language class, designated as 102, or formal training, as evidenced by secondary or university diplomas, in a language other than English. The Department of World Language Studies (W.L.S.) offers a placement examination to determine into which semester a student should enroll and/or to qualify students for credit by examination. (3-6 cr.)

  • Minimum of 30 credit hours at the 300- or 400-level.
  • Courses required for the major must be completed with a grade of C– or higher.
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.0 is required. All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

Major Requirements (31 cr.)

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

  • MATH-M 215 Calculus I (5 cr.)
  • MATH-M 216 Calculus II (5 cr.)
  • MATH-M 301 Linear Algebra and Applications
  • MATH-M 311 Calculus 3 (5 cr.)
  • MATH-M 343 Introduction to Differential Equations with Applications I
  • MATH-M 391 Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning
  • MATH-M 413 Introduction to Analysis 1
  • MATH-M 463 Introduction to Probability Theory 1 (4 cr.)

Applied Track (15 cr.)

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

Mathematics courses required for the Applied Track (9 cr.)
  • MATH-M 447 Mathematical Models and Applications 1
  • MATH-M 466 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
  • MATH-M 471 Numerical Analysis 1
Applied Track Mathematics Electives (6 cr.)

Select 6 cr. from the courses listed below or upper-division/graduate courses approved by the department chair

  • MATH-M 344 Introduction to Differential Equations with Applications II
  • MATH-M 448 Mathematical Models and Applications 2
  • MATH-M 451 The Mathematics of Finance
  • MATH-M 472 Numerical Analysis 2

Pure Track (15 cr.)

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

Mathematics courses required for the Pure Track (9 cr.)
  • MATH-M 403 Introduction to Modern Algebra 1

Select one from the following

  • MATH-M 404 Introduction to Modern Algebra 2
  • MATH-M 405 Number Theory
  • MATH-M 409 Linear Transformation

Select one from the following

  • MATH-M 414 Introduction to Analysis 2
  • MATH-M 415 Elementary Complex Variable
  • MATH-M 420 Metric Space Topology
Pure Track Mathematics Electives (6 cr.)

Select 6 cr. from the courses listed below or upper-division/graduate courses approved by the department chair

  • MATH-M 427 Combinatorics
  • MATH-M 435 Introduction to Differential Geometry
  • MATH-M 436 Introduction to Geometries

Cognate Discipline Courses (10-12 cr.)

Complete one of the following sequences in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, or Physics

Biology (10 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 101 Introduction to Biological Science I (5 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 102 Introduction to Biological Sciences (5 cr.)
Chemistry (10 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 105 Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM-C 106 Principles of Chemistry II
  • CHEM-C 125 Experimental Chemistry I (2 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 126 Experimental Chemistry II (2 cr.)
Computer Science (10 cr.)
  • CSCI-C 151 Multiuser Operating Systems (2 cr.)
  • CSCI-C 201 Computer Programming II (4 cr.)
  • CSCI-C 243 Introduction to Data Structures (4 cr.)
Economics (12 cr.)
  • ECON-E 103 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON-E 104 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ECON-E 321 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON-E 322 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
Physics (10 cr.)
  • PHYS-P 221 Physics 1 (5 cr.)
  • PHYS-P 222 Physics 2 (5 cr.)

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