There are hundreds of mathematics related professions and careers. Our technically oriented society provides many opportunities for people trained in mathematics. The mathematics program meets three main objectives:
1. To provide a general background in mathematics so that students will become prepared for any of the various jobs in government and industry;
2. To prepare teachers at the primary and secondary levels;
3. To provide students with the background to enter graduate school where training for college level teaching and/or advanced research is acquired.
In order to major in mathematics a student must fulfill these requirements successfully:
1. At least 32 credit hours in mathematics courses numbered 181 or higher, at least 5 of the courses should be numbered 301 through 499. PHYS 363, Mathematical Physics, may be used as a mathematics course for the purpose of this requirement. All courses which are applied to the major must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.
2. Completion of at least one of the sequences:
a. Linear Algebra / Abstract Algebra
b. Probability / Statistics
c. Numerical Analysis I / Numerical Analysis II
d. Differential Equations / Mathematical Physics (Physics 363)
3. Completion of a programming course:
CSCI 159, Introduction to Programming
CSCI 179, Programming in Visual Basic.
4. Completion of MATH 291, Linear Algebra
5. Completion of at least one course in statistics (MATH 211 or MATH 461)
6. Completion of PHYS 173
In addition to the requirements of the Department of Education, students seeking secondary certification in mathematics must successfully complete a mathematics major and include MATH 311, Non-Euclidean Geometry, and MATH 331, Abstract Algebra, as two of the upper level courses.
In order to minor in mathematics a student must successfully complete the courses listed below. All courses which are applied to the minor must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.
MATH 181 Calculus I
MATH 182 Calculus II
MATH 291 Linear Algebra
and either one of the following two courses
MATH 211 Elementary Statistics
MATH 461 Statistics
and any two of the following eight courses
MATH 221 Discrete Mathematical Structures
MATH 302 Differential Equations
MATH 311 Non-Euclidean Geometry
MATH 331 Abstract Algebra
MATH 341 Theory of Interest and Life Annuities
MATH 371 Real Analysis
MATH 421 Numerical Analysis I
MATH 451 Probability