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  Sep 20, 2017
 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics


OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: A “C” or better is required in all Math (MAT) courses.

Other GPA requirements to graduate: Minimum of a 2.0 GPA in all Math (MAT) courses taken

Contact Information: Robert Franzosa, Co-Chair, (207)581-3916, or William Halteman, Co-Chair, (207)581-3906, Mathematics & Statistics, 333 Neville Hall.


Mathematicians and those with mathematical inclination are inherently problem solvers. Through course work and individual faculty-student work, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers the mechanism to develop and refine problem solving skills and creative thinking skills that are so important to meeting the demands of the job market and society in general. The core courses in the BA program provide basic mathematical tools. Diversity in upper level course offerings, combined with one or more interdisciplinary concentrations, gives students considerable versatility on their career paths.

Departmental Notes:
The Department of Mathematics maintains a “laboratory” in 419 Neville Hall where students enrolled in lower division mathematics courses can come to get supplementary help with their homework assignments. The laboratory is open weekdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM during the academic year. Faculty, graduate assistants, and junior and senior mathematics majors staff the laboratory. The laboratory is also equipped with computers and resident mathematical software.

The Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
Required courses for the BA in mathematics are divided into:

  • Core mathematics courses
  • Upper level mathematics area of concentration
  • Outside specialization

A student must receive a grade of at least C in a course in order to receive credit toward meeting the requirements for the major.

Core Mathematics Courses


Upper Level Mathematics Area of Concentration:


At least four other approved MAT courses, at least three of which must be at the 400 level or above. These courses should be chosen by the student in consultation with her/his advisor and they should form a coherent area of concentration. Some examples of areas of concentration are Pure Mathematics, Continuous Applied Mathematics, Discrete Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Mathematics Education. (Credits: 12)
Total MAT Credits = 43.

Outside Specialization:


Each mathematics major must complete an 18-credit specialization or two 12-credit specializations of advisor-approved courses in areas outside of mathematics.

Suggested curriculum for the BA in Mathematics


First Year - First Semester


First Year - Second Semester


  • MAT 127 - Calculus II Credits: 4
  • Electives (Including courses for completing the University general education requirements) Credits: 11-14

Second Year - First Semester


Second Year - Second Semester


Third Year - First Semester


Third Year - Second Semester


  • One or two MAT courses for the upper-level Concentration Credits: 3-6
  • Outside Specialization course Credits: 3
  • Electives (Including courses for completing the University general education requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences distribution requirement) Credits: 6-9
  • Fourth Year - First Semester


  • One or two MAT courses for the upper-level Concentration Credits: 3-6
  • Outside Specialization course Credits: 3
  • Electives (Including courses for completing the University general education requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences distribution requirement) Credits: 5-8
  • Fourth Year - Second Semester


    • MAT 401 - Capstone Seminar in Mathematics Credits: 3
    • MAT course for the upper-level Concentration Credits: 3
    • Outside Specialization course Credits: 3
    • Electives (Including courses for completing the University general education requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences distribution requirement) Credits: 6-9

    Five-year Program


    The Department offers a five-year program which leads to both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Due to the alternate-year scheduling of our graduate courses, the program is designed so the student can take necessary graduate courses during his or her senior year. This is necessary if the student is to complete the requirements for the M.A. in one year of post-baccalaureate study. Contact the Department for further details.