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Mathematics Major

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A major in mathematics provides an excellent background for a variety of careers. Students have the option of selecting electives designed to prepare them for graduate study in pure mathematics, mathematics education, operations research, computer science, statistics, business administration, actuarial science or other applied mathematics areas, secondary school teaching, medical or dental school, or employment in business, government, or industry upon graduation. The department will assist students in planning elective courses that will give maximum support to their career objectives.

Required Courses
The major in mathematics consists of 13 courses (at least 43 hours) in mathematics.

• MATH 200, 231, and 232 (or 295 and 296)
• MATH 214
• MATH 233
• MATH 324
• MATH 371
• MATH 463
• MATH 487
• MATH 464 OR 472

Elective Courses
Three approved electives above the 200 level are required. 

MATH 314
• MATH 322
• MATH 355
• MATH 358
• MATH 361
• MATH 365
• MATH 366
• MATH 367
• MATH 368
• MATH 455
• MATH 456
• MATH 464
• MATH 472
• MATH 481
• PHY 305

The Bachelor of Arts degree will be awarded in this major after the successful completion of the major cognate courses and the 13 courses (at least 43 hours) as outlined above.

The Bachelor of Science degree will be awarded upon the completion of all the requirements for the bachelor of arts degree plus an additional two courses (8 credits) consisting either of 2 additional mathematics electives (8 hrs) above the 200 level or an additional year in one science (biology, chemistry, physics, or computer science).

Both degrees require successful completion of all courses with no grade lower than a “C” in those courses counted toward the 43 (54) hours for graduation. Students must make a grade of “C” or better to progress to a subsequent course.

Major Cognate Courses
A two-semester sequence of a laboratory science course (biology, chemistry, or physics) at the level of majors in that discipline (6-8 hours) and one semester of a computer science course in a high-level programming language (e.g., a C++, MatLab, or Java course such as CIS 121). Cognate courses must be completed with grades of “C” or better.

Special Requirements

1. All mathematics majors are required to take and pass Math 200 (Introductory Seminar in Mathematics) during their first year. Students who declare mathematics as a major after their first year are required to take the course at the first available opportunity.
2. Mathematics majors are required to take a major field exam in February of their senior year. Data from this exam is used for departmental awards, recommendations, and advising.


Upon completion of the prescribed program of study in mathematics, the students should be able to:

  1. recognize that mathematics is an art as well as a powerful foundational tool of science with limitless applications.
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical concepts and axiomatic underpinnings of mathematics and an ability to construct proofs at the appropriate level.
  3. demonstrate competency in mathematical modeling of complex phenomena, problem solving and decision making.
  4. demonstrate a level of proficiency in quantitative and computing skills sufficient to meet the demands of society upon modern educated women as global leaders.

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