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  Nov 21, 2017
 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics


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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: A minimum accumulative GPA of 2.0 (“C”) in the major. 

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: MAT 401

Contact Information: Nigel Pitt, Chair,  Mathematics & Statistics, 581-3901, 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 116 Neville Hall where students enrolled in lower division mathematics courses can come to get supplementary help with their homework assignments. The laboratory is open during the academic year. Faculty, graduate assistants, and junior and senior mathematics majors staff the laboratory.

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.

The requirements listed on this page are specific to this particular major. Students are also responsible for meeting any graduation requirements set out by their college. Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) should make sure to review those requirements as stated on the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences  page of the catalog.

Core Mathematics Courses


Upper Level Mathematics Area of Concentration:


At least four other approved MAT or STS 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.

Second major or minor


As with all departments within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), each mathematics major must complete a second major or a minor in a second academic discipline.

Required Courses in Suggested Sequence 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


  • MAT 262 - Linear Algebra Credits: 3
  • Minor course Credits: 3-6
  • Electives (Including courses for completing the University general education requirements) Credits: 6-10

Third Year - First Semester


Third Year - Second Semester


  • One or two MAT courses for the upper-level Concentration Credits: 3-6
  • Second major or minor course Credits: 3-6
  • Electives (Including courses for completing the University general education requirements) Credits: 3-6

Fourth Year - First Semester


  • One or two MAT courses for the upper-level Concentration Credits: 3-6
  • Second major or minor course Credits: 3-6
  • Electives (Including courses for completing the University general education requirements) Credits: 3-6

Fourth Year - Second Semester


  • MAT 401 - Capstone Seminar in Mathematics Credits: 3
  • MAT course for the upper-level Concentration Credits: 3
  • Outside Second major or minor course Credits: 3-6
  • Electives (Including courses for completing the University general education requirements) Credits: 3-6

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.

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