Math Degree Programs

Mathematics Degree Programs

For all baccalaureate degrees with a major in mathematics, students must complete either a minor in another discipline or a second major. All mathematics majors are required to complete the following core courses:

Mathematics degree core requirements

Number Course Name Hours
MTH 2040 Calculus I 4
MTH 2050 Calculus II 4
MTH 3060 Calculus III 4
MTH 3110 Ordinary Differential Equations 3
MTH 3130 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3
MTH 3250 Probability and Statistics 3
MTH 3350 Abstract Algebra I 3
MTH 3400 Multivariable Calculus 3
MTH 3440 Advanced Calculus I 3
MTH 4990 Mathematics Seminar 1
Total 31

At least 12 additional semester hours of advanced work in mathematics numbered 3100 or above or computer science numbered 3000 or above are also required. Note that MTH 3100 is a prerequisite to MTH 3350 and MTH 3440 and should be taken in the fall semester after successful completion (C or better) of MTH 2050. These courses are to be selected in consultation with the academic advisor and approved by the chairman of the department. The student should use these courses to develop an area of special interest.

Students whose interests are in applied mathematics or computer science are encouraged to select from the following courses:

Suggested courses for applied mathematics

Number Course Name Hours
CSC 3300 Fundamentals of Computer Science 3
CSC 3600 Operations Research 3
CSC 3710 Discrete Structures 3
MTH 3380 Introduction to Numerical Methods 3

Students whose interests are in pure mathematics are encouraged to select from the following courses:

Suggested courses for pure mathematics

Number Course Name Hours
MTH 3120 Introduction to Geometry 3
MTH 3100 Introduction to Mathematical Proofs 3
MTH 3200 Introduction to Number Theory 3

Students whose interests are in teaching mathematics in the secondary schools must take:

Teaching Endorsement

Number Course Name Hours
CSC 1180 Foundations of Computer Programming in C/C++ 4
MTH 3120 Introduction to Geometry 3
These students are also encouraged to select their remaining area electives from the following courses:
CSC 3600 Operations Research 3
CSC 3710 Discrete Structures 3
MTH 3100 Introduction to Mathematical Proofs 3
MTH 3200 Introduction to Number Theory 3

All students seeking a major in mathematics must perform satisfactorily on comprehensive examinations administered by the department. The examination will cover the contents of MTH 2040, 2050, 3060, 3110, 3130, 3250, 3350, 3400, and 3440. Courses may be applied toward two majors where appropriate; however, the course of study submitted for a major may not contain any courses used for the minor. To earn a baccalaureate degree with a major in mathematics, a student must also complete 18 additional hours, either from a second department or from the other disciplines within the Mathematics and Computer Science Department. At least 12 of the hours must be at or above the 3000 level. Any minor or second major will satisfy this requirement. Students who complete the hours in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science or in the Department of Natural Sciences will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. All others will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics.

Minor in Mathematics

A minor in mathematics consists of 18 semester hours of mathematics, at least 12 of which must be in 3000- or 4000-level courses. MTH 3030 and 3050 do not satisfy this requirement. The program of study must include MTH 2040 and must be approved by the department chair.