The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers four concentrations leading to the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree with a major 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 lab sciences. If a student is not prepared to enter calculus as the first mathematics course, the elective hours can be used to take either college algebra and trigonometry or precalculus. 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.
Double majors: Mathematics/Computer Science 340 may be allowed only 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 and statistics major, four different concentrations are available within the major.
Mathematics Concentration (6911 BA or 6911 BS):
Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in mathematics should pursue this concentration. Students must complete Mathematics 210, 251--252, 310, 314, 315, 320, 330, 471--472, and 481--482; along with nine additional hours from Mathematics 340 or 451; 350, 410, 430, 451, 498, 499 and Statistics 461.
Statistics Concentration (6912 BA or 6912 BS):
Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in statistics, actuarial science, or a career as a statistician should pursue this concentration. Students must complete Mathematics 210, 251--252, 310, 314, 315, 320, 481; Statistics 325, and 461--462; along with 12 additional hours from Statistics 365, 375, 385, 435, 455, 465, 498--499 and Mathematics 451.
Secondary Mathematics Concentration (6913 BA or 6913 BS):
Students interested in pursuing a career in secondary mathematics teaching should pursue this concentration. Students in the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences who are seeking the necessary professional-education courses to qualify for licensure as a secondary mathematics teacher must be admitted to the teacher-education program in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. They should consult the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences about admission and licensure requirements. The necessary mathematics courses are listed below. This option will usually require at least four-and-one-half years (nine semesters). The necessary mathematics courses are 210, 251--252, 310, 314, 315, 320, 410, 420, 451, 471; one of 461 or 481; one of 462, 472, or 482; and six additional hours of upper division mathematics not including cooperative education courses.
General Mathematics and Statistics Concentration (6914 BA or 6914 BS):
Students interested in a broad general background in mathematics and statistics should pursue this concentration. Students must complete Mathematics 210, 251--252, 310, 314, 315, 320; two courses from Statistics 461, Mathematics 471, 481; one course from Statistics 462, Mathematics 472 and 482; along with fifteen additional hours of upper division mathematics not including cooperative-education courses.