Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Overview

The Department of Mathematics offers a curriculum leading to a degree of Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. The curriculum includes a secondary area (discussed below). The undergraduate curriculum is designed to give training in mathematics and in engineering and science. The use of numerical methods and electronic computers is included.

All Math majors must plan a complete program and obtain the approval of a departmental advisor at the beginning of the sophomore year.

Foreign languages are encouraged for students interested in research.

The Basic Requirements

The B.S. degree in Mathematics requires the completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours of course work with an average grade of C or better (a 2.0 grade point average) and a grade of C or better in all mathematics courses.

Course Requirements- Click HERE for Course Requirement Sheet (Math B.S.)

Mathematics -42 credit hours

  • MATH 135, 136, 235: Calculus I, II, III (12 credit hours)
  • MATH 215: Discrete Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • MATH 310: Statistics  or  MATH 381: Probability (3 credit hours)
  • MATH 313: Introduction to Linear Algebra (3 credit hours)
  • MATH 340: Introduction to Differential Equations (3 credit hours)
  • MATH 431: Modern Analysis I (3 credit hours)
  • MATH 448: Mathematical Modeling or MATH 485: Stochastic Modeling (3 credit hours)
  • One of the following restricted mathematics elective sequences (6 credit hours):
    1. Analysis - any two of MATH 442: Optimization, MATH 443: Ordinary Differential Equations, MATH 445: Complex Variables, MATH 447: Partial Differential Equations, MATH 465: Numerical Analysis, MATH 467: Scientific Computing.
    2. Statistics - any two of MATH 481: Mathematical Statistics I, MATH 482: Mathematical Statistics II, MATH 483: Linear Statistical Models, MATH 485: Stochastic Modeling.
  • Mathematics electives courses numbered MATH 310 or higher (6 credit hours)

Basic Science and Technology (18 credit hours)

  • CS 115: Prin. of Computer Science (3 credit hours)
  • CS 145: Data Structures and Alg. I (3 credit hours)
  • CS 460: Numerical Computing  or  MATH 465: Numerical Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • PES 111: General Physics I (4 credit hours)
  • PES 112: General Physics II (4 credit hours)
  • PES 115: General Physics Lab I (1 credit hour)

Technical Writing (3 credit hours)

  • ENGL 309 (3 credit hours)

Letters, Arts and Sciences Requirements

  • ENGL 131 and 141 (6 credit hours)
  • Humanities (12 credit hours)
  • Social Sciences (12 credit hours)
  • See catalog for other LAS requirements
Secondary Area Requirements (18 credit hours)

Normally, a graduate of mathematics who accepts a position in the private or public sector will be working as part of a team to solve applied problems. Seldom is this problem purely one in mathematics. Because of this, an applied mathematician needs a working knowledge of another discipline, and so the Mathematics Department requires each graduate of the B.S. in Mathematics program to satisfy a secondary area requirement. This may be done in any one of the following ways:

  1. Departmental Coursework:
    Complete 18 credit hours of coursework, including at least 9 credit hours at the
    300 level or above, from one of the following departments:
    Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Physics, or Psychology.
    Courses used for general education requirements may be counted towards
    this requirement.
  2. Interdisciplinary Secondary Areas:
    Complete one of the interdisciplinary secondary area programs that have been approved by the department. At present, there are two such programs: Systems Science and Engineering, and Actuarial Science. See the end of this section for the program requirements.
  3. Personalized Program: Subject to approval by a faculty advisor, an 18 hour personalized program may be designed.
Concentration in Systems Science

Systems science is an approach that views an entire system of components as an entity rather than simply an assembly of individual parts; each component is designed to fit properly with the other components rather than to function by itself. The engineering and mathematics of systems is a rapidly developing field. It is one of the most modern segments of applied mathematics, as well as an engineering discipline. It is concerned with the identification, modeling, analysis, design, and control of systems that are potentially as large and complex as the U.S. economy or as precise and vital as a space voyage. Its interests run from fundamental theoretical questions to the implementation of operational systems. In its mathematical aspects it draws on the most modern and advanced areas of mathematics. At the application end of the spectrum, the systems scientist is an scientist/engineer with a unique and indispensable viewpoint. For example, in the aerospace industry, the systems engineer devises the control and guidance laws, navigational systems, trajectory tracking, and estimating algorithms - indeed the total coordinated structure of complex aerospace undertakings.

Mathematics Requirement System Science and Engineering Secondary area Requirement
1. One from the following:
MATH 448 - Math Modeling
MATH 483 - Linear Statistical Models
MATH 485
- Stochastic Modeling

2. One from the following:
MATH 442 - Optimization
MATH 443 - Ordinary Differential Equation
MATH 447
- Partial Differential Equations
Consult the Department Advisor

Concentration in Actuarial Science

Actuarial Science is a professionally oriented program combining business, economics, and mathematics, and is designed to prepare students to begin careers as actuaries. Actuaries are experts in risk management. Graduates of this program are prepared for the first three professional actuary exams and have a solid base of preparation for further exams. See the Society of Actuaries web page, http://www.soa.org, for additional information concerning these exams and a career in Actuarial Science.To provide a solid foundation for this career and prepare for these three exams, the student should complete the following program:

Mathematics Requirement Secondary area Requirement
As part of the mathematics program, complete:
  1. MATH 381 – Introduction to Probability & Statistics
  2. Any two of the following
    MATH 481 – Mathematical Statistics I
    MATH 482 – Mathematical Statistics II
    MATH 483 – Linear Statistical Models
    MATH 485 – Stochastic Modeling
ECON 101
ECON 202
ECON 301


ACCT 201
BLAW 200
FNCE 305
FNCE 420
Intro to Microeconomics
Intro to Macroeconomics
Intermediate Microeconomic Theory


Introduction to Financial Accounting
Business Law
Basic Finance
Investment and Portfolio Management

Certificate Programs

The Industrial Mathematics Certificate

Students may also supplement their B.S. degree in Mathematics with a certificate in Industrial Mathematics. See the Industrial Math Certificate home page.
The CATME Teacher Training Certificate

Students may also supplement their B.S. degree in Mathematics with a Center for Applications and Technology in Mathematics Education Teacher Training certificate. See the CATME Teacher Training Certificate Program