2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    May 06, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics, B.S.


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Departmental Requirements

This program is designed for persons who wish to pursue careers in mathematical analysis or modeling in government, industrial, financial, consulting, or academic settings. The content of this program covers a broad spectrum of pure and applied mathematics. Courses are offered in a variety of topics including Calculus, Real and Complex Analysis, Number Theory, Topology, Linear Algebra, Modern Algebra, Statistics, Numerical Analysis, and Probability. It is highly recommended that students take 300 and 400 upper level computer science, natural science, and engineering and technology courses relevant to their field of interest. The program requires 120 credit hours with a grade of “C” or better in required major and elective courses.

Objectives

The Objectives of the Mathematics Program are:

  • Provide students with an understanding of the basic rules of logic, including the role of axioms or assumptions.
  • Provide students with and understanding of the role of mathematical proof in formal deductive reasoning.
  • Provide students with an ability to articulate the differences between inductive and deductive reasoning, proficiently construct logical arguments and rigorous proofs, and formulate conjectures by abstracting general principles from examples.
  • Provide students with knowledge and experiences to formulate and solve abstract mathematical problems and provide real world applications;
  • Provide students with ability to recognize connections between different branches of mathematics; and
  • Provide students with the ability to present mathematics clearly and precisely to an audience of peers and faculty.

Career Opportunities in Mathematics

The program in Mathematics prepares students for a wide range of research, computational or analytical careers in the scientific, academia, business, or engineering environments. Students completing the degree requirements have found internships and employment at Bank of America, United Parcel Service (UPS), Raytheon, National Security Agency (NSA), Department of Energy, Booze Allen Hamilton, and others.

Required Courses


General Education Requirements


All students are expected to complete a common body of academic course work. The General Education Requirements are designed to promote the development of a comprehensive educational base which will effectively support a student’s choice of a major concentration.

Curriculum Area I - Arts and Humanities: Credits 9


Select two courses from any of the courses within Disciplines A - D, and ENGL 203 from Discipline E:

Curriculum Area II - Social and Behavioral Sciences: Credits 6


Select two courses from any of the courses within Social and Behavioral Sciences:

Curriculum Area III - Biological and Physical Sciences: Credits 8


Students must select two science courses and two science laboratory course from the following:

Curriculum Area IV - Mathematics: Credits 4


Curriculum Area V - English Composition: Credits 9


Curriculum Area VI - Emerging Issues: Credits 4


Total Required for General Education: Credits 40


1Students must pass ENGL 101  and ENGL 102  with grade of “C” or above before taking ENGL 203 .

2Honors students should take honors courses.

Major Electives: Credits 9


Students should consult with their assigned advisor and select at least three additional courses according to their desired interest:

Applied Mathematics Concentration


Other 300 and 400 level courses in Mathematics and Computer Science may be substituted for some of these electives.

Free Elective Courses: Credits 12


It is advisable to take 300 and 400 level mathematics, computer science, engineering, and technology courses relevant to fields of interest.

Curriculum Guide for Mathematics


 

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