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Mathematics prepares students for the demands of a modern global society where sophisticated, quantitative skills are required to solve challenging programs in science, engineering, business, education and government. Mathematicians are essential to the fields of computer science, engineering, bioinformatics, data mining, computer animation, economics, epidemiology, ecology and climatology.

The Department of Mathematics offers a bachelor of science, bachelor of arts, master of science and doctor of philosophy in mathematics and applied mathematics. Many math students also double major in another discipline. The B.A. option exposes students to the basic knowledge of mathematics while providing an appreciation for liberal arts. The degree is ideal for students interested in selecting a minor field in the arts or humanities.

A B.S. degree in mathematics prepares students to use advanced mathematics in the development of mathematical principles, data analysis and problem solving. Mathematicians work closely with engineers and scientists in government, private corporations and research companies.

The B.S. degree in applied mathematics is offered with four options: computer sciences, engineering, biomathematics and business. This option is best suited for those who plan to attend graduate school or work in business or industry.

Program Objectives

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts

Students who complete the undergraduate program in mathematics will:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to apply algebraic, geometric, calculus and higher-order thinking and statistical methods to modeling and solving real-world situations.
  2. Use mathematical reasoning skills and formal logic to develop convincing mathematical arguments.
  3. Use computational tools to enhance mathematical thinking and understanding, to solve mathematical problems, and judge the reasonableness of the results.
Degree Options

Mathematics, B.A.

Exposes students to the basic knowledge of mathematics while providing an appreciation for the liberal arts, ideal for students interested in teaching or working in a non-technical area of mathematics.

Mathematics Minor

Non-major students interested in gaining a basic understanding of the mathematics discipline are encouraged to pursue a minor.

Applied Mathematics, Accelerated Master’s

Provides students an opportunity to complete both degrees in five years.

Typical Four-Year Schedule
FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTERFRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
Introduction to MathematicsBlock III
Exposition & ArgumentationBlock II - Historical and Social Interpretation
Block I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative ExperienceMinor
Block II - Historical and Social InterpretationScientific Programming
Calculus ICalculus II
General Elective
SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTERSOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
Block I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative ExperienceBlock III
Block II - Historical and Social InterpretationGeneral Elective
MinorMinor
Scientific ProgrammingDifferential Equations
Calculus IIIIntroduction to Advanced Mathematics
JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTERJUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
General ElectiveGeneral Elective
General ElectiveGeneral Elective
Writing for the ProfessionsMinor
MinorModern Algebra or Intro to Topology
Linear Algebra & Matrix TheoryMath Elective (upper level)
SENIOR – FALL SEMESTERSENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
General ElectiveGeneral Elective
General ElectiveGeneral Elective
General ElectiveTechnical Elective
General ElectiveGeneral Elective
Math Elective (upper level)Math Elective (upper level)
Advanced CalculusMath Elective (upper level)
Professional Opportunities
  • Quantitative analyst
  • Marketing statistician
  • Computational scientist
  • Mathematics educator
  • Research mathematician
  • Actuary