Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Undergraduate programs in Mathematics and Statistics

Degrees Offered

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers baccalaureate degree programs for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in mathematics with concentrations in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, actuarial science and computer science.

Advanced Placement

Students with a score of 3 or better on either AB or BC calculus will receive credit for MATH 1830 (or 1850). Students with a score of 4 or 5 on the BC calculus test will receive credit for both MATH 1830 (or 1850) and 1840 (or 1860). Students with a score below 3 may be able to obtain credit by taking a departmental test. Students with a score of 3 or better on the Statistics Test will receive credit for MATH 2630.

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

To obtain a B.S. degree in mathematics students must complete MATH 1840 (or 1860 or 1930), 1890 (or 2890), 2850 (or 2950), and 3190 and follow one of the following concentrations for a total of at least 38 hours.

  1. Pure Mathematics
    1. The following are required: MATH 2860, 4330, 4820, and 4880.
    2. One course must be completed from MATH 4300, 4450 or 4540.
    3. One course must be complete from MATH 4830 or MATH 4340.
    4. Two more courses must be chosen from courses at the 3000 or 4000 level approved by the Adviser.
  2. Applied Mathematics
    1. The following are required: MATH 3320 (or 4330), 2860, 4300 (or 4350), 4880 (or 4820).
    2. One of the following two-semester sequences must be completed: MATH 4710 and 4720, or 4740 and 4750.
    3. One course must be complete from MATH 3610, MATH 4680, Math 4800, Math 4810 or Math 4860.
    4. One more course must be chosen from courses at the 3000 or 4000 level approved by the adviser.
  3. Statistics
    1. The following are required: MATH 3610, 3620, 4350, 4600, 4610, 4680, and 4690.
    2. One more course must be chosen from courses at the 3000 or 4000 level approved by the adviser.
  4. Actuarial Sciences
    1. The following courses are required: MATH 3610, 3620, 2860, 4620, 4680,4690, 4760 and 4770.
    2. The related area courses should include the following list: ECON 1150, 1200, BUAD 1020, 2040, 2050,3040, FINA 3600 (or FINA 4080) and INFS 3150 (or ECOM 3810) .
  5. Mathematics with Computer Science
    1. The following are required: MATH 2860, 4380, 4710, 3320 (or 4330), 4820 or 4880, 4350 or 4390 or 4720.
    2. Two more courses must be chosen from courses at the 3000 or 4000 level approved by the Adviser.
    3. A minimum total of 18 hours in related area courses should be taken from EECS 1100 to to 4990. At least two of these courses should be from EECS 2550 or at the 3000 or 4000 level approved by the Adviser.

Bachelor of Art Degree Requirements

To obtain a bachelor's degree in mathematics students must complete MATH 1840 (or 1860 or 1930), 1890, 2850 (or 2950), and 3190 and follow one of the following concentrations for a total of at least 35 hours.

  1. Pure Mathematics

    1. The following are required: MATH 2860, 4330, 4820, and 4880.
    2. Two courses must be completed from MATH 4300, 4450, 4540 or 4830.
    3. One more coursework must be chosen from courses at the 3000 or 4000 level approved by the adviser.
  2. Applied Mathematics

    1. The following are required: MATH 3320 (or 4330), 2860, 4300 (or 4350), 4880 (or 4820).
    2. One of the following two-semester sequences must be completed: MATH 4710 and 4720, or 4740 and 4750.
    3. One more coursework must be chosen from courses at the 3000 or 4000 level approved by the adviser.
  3. Statistics

    The following courses are required: MATH 3610, 3620, 4350, 4600, 4610, 4680, and 4690.

Minor in Mathematics

To obtain a minor in Mathematics, a minimum of 22 hours in mathematics must be completed. The 22 hours must include MATH 1860 (or 1930), 1890, 2850 (or 2950), and one of 2860, 3610, or 4680. The remaining hours must be courses which are acceptable toward a major in Mathematics, and must be approved by an adviser in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Note that MATH 1850 or MATH 1830 can not be used for math minor credit hours.

Honors in Mathematics

Admission

The normal route for entrance into the departmental honors in Mathematics is through the honors calculus sequence: MATH 1920, 1930, 2950, and 3820. Other students should consult with the departmental Honors Adviser.

Requirements

Graduation with honors in Mathematics depends on doing a substantial amount of work in mathematics beyond the requirements for a bachelor's degree. Independent reading and an expository paper on a topic not usually covered in a course is required. Departmental honors will not ordinarily be granted without a GPA in mathematics exceeding 3.5 and usually indicates that in the opinion of the Mathematics Majors Committee the student has shown substantial promise for a future career in mathematics. The student who wishes to do independent reading should consult with either the Honors Adviser or an instructor of his or her choice. Credit for independent reading is obtained by registering for MATH 3920.

Those students who are interested in writing an expository paper on some topic of their own choice should consult with an instructor who has an interest in the subject and sign up for MATH 4920. The actual program of the student is determined in consultation with the Honors Adviser.

Scholarships

There are a number of scholarships available (contingent on funding) for students majoring in Mathematics. A brief description of scholarships is available in pdf format. Also available is a scholarship application form that can be printed out, completed, and then submitted to the departmental office.

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