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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics
The mathematics curriculum is designed to promote the student’s understanding of mathematical concepts and their interrelations and applications; and provide a symbolic language as a tool for precise reasoning, expression, and computation. Mathematics major graduates will demonstrate the ability to reason critically and logically through problem solving, the ability to communicate effectively through oral and written presentations of solutions, and the ability to apply mathematical knowledge to novel situations. Such abilities lay a foundation for graduate work in mathematics and/or related fields, and prepare the student for employment in a wide range of math-science related fields such as business, computer science, education, insurance, and industry.
Mathematics majors may pursue one of two tracks: Analysis or Algebra. Both tracks are available for students who are mathematics majors and students who are dual majors in mathematics and education. It is recommended that students with dual majors in mathematics and education who wish to be middle school mathematics teachers should major in elementary education and take the algebra track. It is recommended that students with dual majors in mathematics and education who wish to be high school mathematics teachers should major in secondary education and take the analysis track. Mathematics majors who are interested in going to graduate school should discuss their interests with their advisor to determine which track to pursue.
Required Courses (Revised: May 2012):
|MATH 231||Geometry I|
|MATH 241||Discrete Mathematics|
|MATH 262||Calculus I|
|MATH 263||Calculus II|
|MATH 343||Matrix Theory and Linear Algebra|
|MATH 364||Calculus III|
|MATH 423||Probability with Statistics|
|MATH 495||Senior Capstone in Mathematics|
Required Electives (Choose Two):
|MATH 332||History of Math|
|MATH 434||Abstract Algebra|
|MATH 465||Differential Equations|
Required Related Course:PHYS 104 Physics II
Note: PHYS 103 is the required General education Science course
Students who wish to be admitted into the mathematics major need a minimum grade of “C+” in Precalculus (MATH 161). Idealized Sequence: The suggested course sequence is intended to be a rough guide. Certain classes may be taken in different semesters, mostly General Education requirements and general electives. Nevertheless, this is either the required order or “best time” to take the indicated math classes, and it is highly suggested that math majors follow this sequence. Students should consult their advisor.
Double Major in Mathematics and Education
These programs are designed to prepare future teachers of mathematics, although the certification pursued must be advised and approved by the Division of Teacher Education. The program is designed to promote the student’s understanding of mathematical concepts and their interrelations and applications; provide a symbolic language as a tool for precise reasoning, expression and computation; and lay a foundation for graduate work in Mathematics or Mathematics Education. As noted previously, students wishing to teach Middle School mathematics should pursue the Algebra Track; students wishing to teach High School mathematics should pursue the Analysis Track. The Department of Mathematical Sciences requires that all majors complete all math courses prior to Student Teaching or any Internship.
Minor in Mathematics
Students must complete 18 credits in mathematics not already required by their major with at least a “C” in all courses. *All mathematics major courses from Precalculus (MATH 161) and above will be accepted toward the minor.
*Note: mathematics major courses are those where the second digit of the course number is 2 or larger.
|MATH 262||Calculus I|
|MATH 122||Statistics I|
Students who are interested in the mathematics minor should consult with the Department of Mathematical Sciences for more information.
Control Sheet and Four Year Plans
What can I do with a degree in Math?
Mathematics is one of the oldest and most fundamental sciences. Mathematics is also fun, challenging, and rewarding. It is logical yet creative. it is important for applications yet enjoyable in its own right. As you learn about mathematics, you will see that the logical structure of theorems, proofs, and classifications has a certain aesthetic appeal. Mathematics is one of the oldest and most fundamental sciences. Mathematicians use mathematical theory, computational techniques, algorithms, and the latest computer technology to solve problems in economics, science, engineering, and business.
Education and Skills Needed
A bachelor's degree in mathematics is required. (Some jobs required a master's degree or higher.) A double major in mathematics and another related discipline is particularly desirable to many employers. The following additional experience is suggested:
- Learn to program a computer and learn how to use mathematical symbolic manipulation packages, such as Mathematica, Maple, or MatLab.
- Learn statistics.
- Obtain some job experience, preferably in the summer following your junior year.
Types Of Employers
For more information regarding Math please contact the Chair person of the department
Dr. Elizabeth Uptegrove
Theresa Mary Martin Hall - Lower Level