The Department of Mathematics offers two undergraduate degrees:
The B.A. in Mathematics program prepares students for graduate work in mathematics, applied mathematics, or statistics. The program has a foreign language requirement (French, German, or Russian), so it is ideal for students who want to pursue graduate work at graduate schools that require mastery of a foreign language.
The B.S. in Mathematics program, which has no foreign language requirement, offers concentrations in actuarial science, applied and computational mathematics, mathematical finance, mathematics, and statistics. The mathematics option prepares students for graduate work in pure mathematics and the other four concentrations prepare students for careers in applied mathematics.
This program has moved to the College of Education and Social Work.
Both the BA and BS degrees require the same five, lower division courses:
- MAT 161 Calculus I (4 credits)
- MAT 162 Calculus II (4 credits)
- MAT 261 Calculus III (4 credits)
- MAT 200 The Nature of Mathematics (3 credits)
- MAT 311 Linear Algebra (3 credits)
The Calculus sequence (MAT 161, MAT 162, and MAT 261) provides the foundation for nearly every upper division mathematics course. The Nature of Mathematics (MAT 200) includes mathematical notation and argument, structure of proofs, basic facts about logic, mathematical proofs, problem-solving techniques, and introductions to mathematical software packages. MAT 200 is designed to help students successfully transition from the Calculus sequence to upper division mathematics. Linear Algebra (MAT 311) includes matrices, systems of linear equations, vector spaces, linear transformation, determinants, eigenvalues, spectral theorem, and triangulation. Together, these five courses provide a solid foundation for success in upper division mathematics courses.