Mathematics has been called the queen of the sciences, worth pursuing for its own reward, its own aesthetic. Mathematics also provides a foundation for understanding every other science, engineering and technological discipline. Mathematics and career mathematicians can be found in fields as diverse as finance, architecture, journalism, and philosophy.
The department offers four concentrations leading to the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics.
Majors in any concentration are required to complete the general education requirements for the appropriate degree and are advised to select physics as one of the laboratory sciences. If a student is not prepared to enter calculus as the first mathematics course, the elective hours can be used to take college algebra and/or pre-calculus. The completion of a minor or the professional education courses necessary for professional licensure are required for both the B.A. and the B.S. degrees.
Double majors: Mathematics/Computer Science 340 may only be allowed in the requirements for a mathematics major or computer science major but not both.
One of the goals of the mathematics major is to prepare students for mathematical careers in business, government, education, or industry. To meet the various professional needs of the mathematics major, different concentrations are available within the major. All of them however share a common core.
210 Elementary Statistics and Probability
251 Calculus I
252 Calculus II
310 Linear Algebra
314 Foundations of Mathematics
320 Multivariate Calculus
And further courses as explained on our page listing the degree concentrations...
Ideally, a student should complete this core during their first two years in the program. It is especially important to take Math 314 (which provides our introduction to proofs) in the second year.
Always check the University Catalog you plan on using to graduate for your exact requirements.