Arts & Sciences Mathematics

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College: Arts & Sciences
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Tom Marley and Lori Mueller
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Mathematics

COLLEGE: Arts & Sciences

MAJOR: Mathematics

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

ADVISOR: Tom Marley and Lori Mueller

DESCRIPTION

Chair: Judy Walker, 206 Avery Hall

Vice Chair: Allan Donsig

Professors: Avalos, Avramov, Brittenham, Deng, Donsig, Harbourne, Hermiller, Ledder, Lewis, Marley, Peterson, Pitts, Radcliffe, Rammaha, Rebarber, J. Walker, M. Walker

Associate Professors: Cohn, Foss, Kelley, Radu, Tenhumberg, Toundykov

Assistant Professors: Du, Jin, T.Lai, Y. Lai, Larios, Lee, Perez, Seceleanu, Zupan

Research Associate Professor: Smith

Research Assistant Professor: Homp

Assistant Professor of Practice: Wakefield

A strong mathematics background is essential to an increasing variety of careers. The Department of Mathematics encourages students to select a coherent body of courses in mathematics and in other disciplines that are consistent with their academic and career goals.

The Department of Mathematics offers four options for the major in mathematics. Each student majoring in mathematics should select an option that meets their academic and career needs by completing a Program Declaration form in consultation with the department's chief undergraduate advisor. Ideally, this should be done prior to completing two mathematics courses beyond the calculus sequence. As appropriate, students can change their Program Declaration to select a different option or modify the program of study subject to the approval of the chief undergraduate advisor.

NOTE: Students with previous credit in any calculus course may not register for or earn credit in MATH 100A, MATH 101, MATH 102, MATH 103, or MATH 104, without first receiving special written permission from the chief undergraduate advisor.

Graduate Work. The advanced degrees of master of arts, master of science, master of arts (or science) for teachers, and doctor of philosophy are offered by the Department of Mathematics. For details of these programs, see the Graduate Studies Bulletin.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor of Arts

The BA degree is ideal for the student who wants to combine a mathematics major with another major or several minors in the humanities or the social sciences or for the student dual matriculating with another college.

Core Requirements

Specific Major Requirements for the BA

The seven mathematics courses must be distributed as follows:

NOTE: Students may substitute a more advanced course in the same area for a required mathematics course. Interested students should visit with the chief undergraduate advisor for more information about this option.

Program Assessment. In order to assist the department in evaluating its programs, all majors should plan to participate in an exit interview during their last semester before graduation. Please make arrangements with the chief undergraduate advisor.

Bachelor of Science

Core Requirements

Specific Major Requirements for the BS

Program Assessment. In order to assist the department in evaluating its programs, all majors should plan to participate in an exit interview during their last semester before graduation. Please make arrangements with the chief undergraduate advisor.

Tracks/Options/Concentrations/Emphases Requirements

Option C (Concentration)

This option is ideal for students wishing to combine a strong mathematics education with a coherent body of course work in another discipline. Specific requirements above calculus are as follows:

– The eight required mathematics courses must be distributed as follows:

– Any Plan A minor or an approved 18-hour concentration outside of mathematics.

NOTE: One 400-level course in the area of the concentration may be substituted for one of the required two additional advanced mathematics courses, provided the course makes significant use of advanced mathematics. The chief undergraduate advisor must approve the substitution.

Option E (Education)

This option is ideal for students planning to pursue endorsement and certification to teach mathematics at the secondary level through an undergraduate degree in the College of Education and Human Sciences or through a graduate program. Specific requirements above calculus are as follows:

Option R (Research Experience)

This option is recommended for students interested in independent work and for students planning to pursue graduate work in mathematics. Specific requirements above calculus are as follows:

– The eight required mathematics courses must be distributed as follows:

– An approved undergraduate research experience. A variety of options exist for meeting this requirement. They include 1) research experiences such as an REU or UCARE that leads to a project paper, or 2) a senior honors thesis or a thesis approved for graduation with distinction. To satisfy this requirement, students must file with the chief undergraduate advisor a) a Research Experience contract that is approved by the chief undergraduate advisor and b) the thesis, research papers, or projects as required by the contract. Visit with the chief undergraduate advisor for more information.

Option S (Statistics)

This option is recommended for students interested in a mathematics major and a strong body of course work in statistics. Specific requirements above calculus are as follows:

– The eight required mathematics courses must be distributed as follows:

– 9 hrs of statistics numbered 300 or above in addition to MATH 380/STAT 380

NOTE: For this option, one 400-level statistics course may be substituted for one of the required two additional advanced mathematics courses.

NOTE: Under any option, students may substitute a more advanced course in the same area for a required mathematics course. Interested students should visit with the chief undergraduate advisor for more information about this option.

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Prerequisite Requirements/Rules

The prerequisites listed for a course may be replaced by equivalent preparation. One prerequisite for all advanced mathematics courses is successful completion of MATH 106, MATH 107, MATH 208 (or MATH 108H, MATH 109H) or equivalent. Additional specific prerequisites, if any, are listed with the course. Two courses past calculus are required prerequisites for all 400-level mathematics courses. All topics, independent study, reading courses and seminars require permission of the instructor before registering; and these courses do not count toward the major requirements unless approved by the chief undergraduate advisor.

Grade Rules

Pass/No Pass Limits

For majors or minors, no calculus course can be taken Pass/No Pass. (Students in violation of this should consult with the chief undergraduate advisor for possible alternative requirements.) For majors or minors, at most 3 hours of the advanced courses may be taken as Pass/No Pass.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

Plan A

A complete calculus sequence plus two advanced mathematics courses.

Plan B

A complete calculus sequence.

Pass/No Pass. For majors or minors, no calculus course can be taken Pass/No Pass. (Students in violation of this should consult with the chief undergraduate advisor for possible alternative requirements.) For majors or minors, at most 3 hours of the advanced courses may be taken as Pass/No Pass.