Mathematical Sciences

Mathematical Sciences Major

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers a Major in Mathematics leading to the Bachelor of Science degree or the Bachelor of Arts Degree

A mathematics major can earn a general degree or concentrate in a specific area. The concentrations offered are:

Applied/Computational Mathematics Bioinformatics Business Applications
Computer Science Probability/Statistics Teaching

A summary of requirements for the basic mathematics major is given below. For details and additional information about the concentrations, visit the Mathematical Sciences Department or contact us.

See the following information below:

Degree Requirements for Undergraduate Mathematics Majors

A mathematics major must satisfy university, college and departmental requirements. University and college requirements, described in detail in the university web site, are summarized below. Requirements for the basic mathematics major are shown, along with a sample program of study. All students, including freshmen and transfer students, should seek advice from the mathematics undergraduate coordinator or department advisor when planning individual courses of study. To graduate, a student must complete 120 credit hours of approved coursework. No more than 60 mathematics credits can be counted toward the BS degree. The following courses cannot be credited toward a degree in mathematics, science or engineering: 92.111, 92.121, 92.122, 92.124, 92.127, 92.151, 92.183, 92.283, 92.363. The following course can be used for credit only as a concentration elective in the mathematics teaching option: 92.410.

Mathematics Core Requirements: A mathematics major must take a minimum of 46 approved mathematics credits, including 92.131 Calculus I (or 92.141 Honors Calculus I with permission), 92.132 Calculus II (or 92.142 Honors Calculus II with permission), 92.231 Calculus III (or 92.241 Honors Calculus III with permission), 92.221 Linear Algebra I, 92.222 Linear Algebra II, 92.234 or 92.236 Differential Equations (or 92.244 Honors Differential Equations with permission), 92.321 Discrete Structures I, one basic analysis course (92.305 Introduction to Real Analysis, 92.411 Complex Variables, 92.501 Real Analysis, 92.503 Mathematical Analysis), one additional analysis course (92.301 Introduction to Applied Mathematics, 92.305 Introduction to Real Analysis, 92.322 Discrete Structures II, 92.362 Numerical Analysis, 92.411 Complex Variables, 92.413 Number Theory, 92.420 Mathematical Problem Solving, 92.421 Abstract Algebra, 92.450 Mathematical Modeling), one course in probability and statistics (92.385 Applied Statistics, 92.386 Introduction to Probability and Mathematical Statistics I, 92.486 Introduction to Probability and Mathematical Statistics II), 92.375 Senior Seminar I, 92.475 Senior Seminar II, and three mathematics electives at the 300, 400 or 500 level, provided prerequisites are met. Note that a student may not take both 92.322 Discrete Structures II and 92.421 Abstract Algebra and may not take both 92.305 Introduction to Real Analysis and 92.503 Mathematical Analysis to satisfy the two-course analysis requirement.

Mathematics Concentrations: In addition to the basic mathematics major, six concentrations are available: Applied/Computational Mathematics, Bioinformatics, Business Applications, Computer Science, Probability/Statistics, and Teaching. To complete a concentration, a student must satisfy the 46 credit hours of mathematics core requirements, plus an additional nine credits of approved concentration electives. Concentration electives are not limited to mathematics courses. The Registrar must be notified if the choice of concentration is to appear on a student’s transcripts. For concentration-specific requirements, an interested student should check with the mathematics undergraduate coordinator or her/his advisor.

View the complete course of study for concentrations (pdf):

Computing Requirement: This requirement is satisfied by 91.101 Computing I or 92.576 Statistical Programming Using SAS or another computer programming course as approved by the mathematics undergraduate coordinator or department chair.

Writing Requirement: In addition to College Writing I and II, mathematics majors must take 42.229 Essay Writing for Non-English Majors. If a student has completed other courses with substantial writing requirements, he/she can petition to have that work replace 42.229. Instead of 42.229, students double-majoring in mathematics and computer science should take 42.220 Oral and Written Communication for CS Majors.

Bachelor of Science Requirements:  To earn a BS degree, a student must complete a minimum of 74 credits and 20 courses from the offerings of physical sciences, mathematics and computer science. These must include four science lecture courses with associated laboratory offerings, including a two-semester sequence not in the mathematics department. The following courses may not be counted toward a degree in mathematics, science or engineering:  95.121 Exploring the Universe, 96.121 Exploring the Universe Laboratory, 99.101 Radiation and Life, 99.102 Radiation and Life Laboratory, 92.111, 92.121, 92.122, 92.124, 92.127, 92.151, 92.283, 92.363; 92.410 can be used as credit only as a concentration elective in the mathematics teaching option.

General Education (Gen Ed) Electives must include at least six courses, three in Arts and Humanities (AH) and three in Social Sciences (SS); one course must satisfy the Diversity (D) requirement and one the Ethics (E) requirement. No more than two courses from a single department can be used to satisfy these Gen Ed requirements. General Education requirements may vary with year of admission;  see your advisor.

Senior Seminar: The senior seminar sequence (92.375 Senior Seminar I, 92.475 Senior Seminar II) provides a capstone experience in undergraduate mathematics. Each student undertakes an in-depth project, under the guidance of a faculty member (not necessarily in the Department of Mathematical Sciences). Senior Seminar I (1 credit hour) involves planning the project, typically in the spring of the junior year. Senior Seminar II (3 credit hours), taken the following semester, involves completing the project, writing a report and making a presentation to other students. Interested students can earn an additional 3 hours of independent research credit by taking 92.476 Senior Seminar III. For details, see the mathematics undergraduate coordinator or department chair.

Student Exception Form: Any deviations from stated requirements require written permission of the mathematics undergraduate coordinator or department chair. The student should use a Student Exception form and keep a copy for her/his records.

Double Majors: Many students choose to combine a mathematics major with a major in another discipline such as computer science, economics, engineering, philosophy and physics.  

For details, contact the mathematics undergraduate coordinator.

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