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Degree Requirements

A Degree in Mathematical Sciences consists of 47 hours of required courses in Mathematics and Computer Science combined with either 18 hours of a Cognate Area outside the Math Department for the Bachelor of Science Degree, or 16 hours of a foreign language for the Bachelor of Arts Degree.

  1. The specific requirements of the 47 hours are as follows:

    1. Core Curriculum of 26 hours

      MATH 1950Calculus I5 hours
      MATH 1960Calculus II5 hours
      MATH 1970Calculus III4 hours
      MATH 2050Applied Linear Algebra3 hours
      MATH 2230Introduction to Abstract Mathematics3 hours
      MATH 2350Differential Equations3 hours
      MATH 3230Introduction to Analysis3 hours

    2. Mathematical Computing requirement of 6 hours

      TWO OF THE FOLLOWING (cannot include both CIST 1400 and MATH 2200)
      CIST 1400Introduction to Computer Programming3 hours
      CIST 1620Introduction to Computer Science II3 hours
      MATH 2200Mathematical Computing I3 hours
      MATH 3200Mathematical Computing II3 hours
      MTCH 4800**Mathematics Education Capstone3 hours
      ** Required for students persuing the Education Concentriation (see below).

    3. Upper-level electives of 15 hours (MATH courses numbered 3000 or higher, STAT courses numbered 4000 or higher). At least 9 hours must be at the 4000 level. These courses may be chosen to form a concentration (see below).

  2. For the Bachelor of Science Degree, a minimum of 18 hours of a Cognate Area developed with an adviser and approved by the Department of Mathematics (see below). For the Bachelor of Arts Degree, 16 hours of a foreign language are required instead of a Cognate Area.

  3. Other requirements for the B.S. or B.A. Degree as stated by the College of Arts & Sciences.
    Oral Communication3 hours
    English6 hours
    Third Writing Course*3 hours
    History6 hours
    Cultural Diversity6 hours
    Humanities12 hours
    Natural Sciences8 hours
    Social Sciences12 hours

    *Third Writing Course - Math Majors may choose any one of the following approved courses to satisfy the 3rd writing requirement (ENGL 1160, or writing proficiency is a prerequisite for these courses): CIST 3000, ENGR 3000, ENGL 2400. ENGL 3980, ENGL 4860, BIOL 3150, FREN 4040, GERM 4040, SpAN 4040, GEOL 4950, HIST 3930, JOUR 2100, JOUR, 2150, JOUR 3220, JOUR 3400, JOUR 4220, NSCI 3930, NSCI 3940, NSCI 4960, PHIL 3130, PSCI 4950, PSYC 3140 with one of these lab courses (4024, 4074, 4214, 4234, 4280), RELI 4010, SOC 4900, WMST 4010.

  4. Electives - A minimum of 120 hours are required for graduation.

  5. Prior to graduation, candidates must complete the MFAT national exam during senior year.

  6. Completion of Maple competency assignments during MATH 2050.

  7. All courses to count for the major must be completed with a grade of C- or better.


Double Major in Mathematics
Undergraduate students may earn a second (double) major in Mathematics by taking the required 47 hours in coursework listed in Part I above. Also the requirements in parts V, VI, and VII must be met. Any of the above courses already taken for the primary major will count toward the 47 hour requirement in Mathematics. General education and college distribution requirements only apply to the primary major.


Concentrations
Mathematics majors are free to take any upper-level electives they choose provided they satisfy I.c. above. However, the department has identified certain groupings of electives that provide the student with a deeper insight into a particular area of mathematics. These groupings are called concentrations. If a student chooses to complete a concentration (it's optional) they must complete the prescribed upper-level electives for that concentration. A concentration may also specify a prescribed cognate area. There are currently 5 concentrations available:

  • Concentration in Data Science
  • Concentration in Education
  • Concentration in Pre-Actuarial Math
  • Concentration in Research Experience
  • Concentration in Statistics

For details regarding which courses are required for each concentration, and for prescribed cognate area, please visit our concentrations page.


Cognate Area for the B.S. Degree
The Cognate Area is a coherent collection of at least 18 hours of courses to be developed with an adviser as early as possible in the student's program. The choice of a Cognate Area is flexible and developed with the student's interests and/or career goals in mind. Once the Cognate Area is determined and courses chosen, an official proposal is submitted to the Department of Mathematics Curriculum Committee for approval. If the Committee has a question regarding the proposed Cognate Area, the student will be informed and asked to consult with the advisor. If approved, a copy of the approved form will be sent to the student by mail. The original approved form must be on file in the department office in order for a student to be approved for graduation.

The principal guidelines are:

  1. Normally the cognate courses should have high analytic or quantitative content.
  2. The courses must represent a substantial depth of knowledge in a given discipline or related disciplines. Normally, a minimum of 9 hours must be in upper level (3000-4000 level) courses. Exceptions may be made, according to the area of study.
  3. The basic requirements of English or History will not count toward the 18 hours. However, distribution requirements may be used in meeting the required 18 hours.
  4. Any credits taken to fulfill requirements for a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics will NOT be counted toward the Cognate Area.
  5. Every course in the Cognate Area must result in a grade of C- or better.
Additional guidelines are stated on the application form.

Several Cognate Area examples are provided below. These are only examples; many other combinations are possible. NOTE: A second major satisfies the Cognate Area requirement.


Cognate Area Examples
The following programs are illustrative of some possible Cognate Area options. The list is not intended to be exhaustive or definitive; other programs may be developed, subject to department approval. Courses taken to fulfill requirements for the Bachelors Degree in Mathematics will NOT count towards a Cognate Area. Courses cross-listed with Mathematics may be included with permission.

 

Accounting Option
18 hours
ACCT 2010
ACCT 2020
ACCT 3030
ACCT 3040
Principles of Accounting I
Principles of Accounting II
Intermediate Financial Accounting I
Intermediate Financial Accounting II
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours
6 additional hours from the following:
6 hours
ACCT 3020
ACCT 3050
ACCT 4010
ACCT 4040
ACCT 4060
Basic Federal Income Taxation
Intermediate Managerial Accounting
Advanced Financial Accounting
Advanced Federal Income Taxation
Advanced Managerial Accounting
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours

Pre-Actuarial Option (*Note: It is recommended that the student include MATH 3400, either as an elective toward the Math major or in the Cognate Area. It cannot be used for both).
21-22 hours
ACCT 2010
ACCT 2020
ECON 2200
ECON 2220
Principles of Accounting I
Principles of Accounting II
Principles of Economics (Micro)
Principles of Economics (Macro)
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours
9-10 additional hours from the following:
9-10 hours
ECON 3300
BSAD 3140
BSAD 3160
FNBK 3250
MATH 3400
Introduction to Econometrics
Business Statistical Applications
Managerial Statistics for Business
Principles of Financial Management
Theory of Interest*
3 hours
3 hours
4 hours
3 hours
3 hours

Biology Option
19 hours
BIOL 1450
BIOL 1750
Biology I (General Botany)
Biology II (General Zoology)
5 hours
5 hours
9 additional hours from BIOL above 3000 (with BIOL 1450 or 1750 as prerequisities.)
9 hours

Chemistry Option - With careful course selection, 20 hours will satisfy a CHEM minor.
18-20 hours
CHEM 1180/1184
CHEM 1190/1194
CHEM 3350/3354
CHEM 3360/3364
General Chemistry I and Lab
General Chemistry II and Lab
Physical Chemistry I and Lab
Physical Chemistry II and Lab
4 hours
4 hours
4 hours
4 hours
2-4 additional hours from any courses that meet Chemistry BA or BS requirements.
2-4 hours

Computer Science Option I
18-20 hours
CSCI 1620
CSCI 2730
CSCI 3320
Introduction to Computer Science II
Digital Computer Structures
Data Structures
3 hours
5 hours
3 hours
7-9 additional hours selected from 4000 level CSCI courses.
7-9 hours

Computer Science Option I I
18 hours
CSCI 1620
CSCI 3320
CSCI 4470
CSCI 4530
CSCI 4620
CSCI 4850
Introduction to Computer Science II
Data Structures
Pattern Recognition
File Structures
Computer Graphics
Database Management Systems
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours

Economics Option - This option fulfills the Arts & Sciences ECON minor.
18 hours
ECON 2200
ECON 2220
ECON 3200
ECON 3220
Principles of Economics (Micro)
Principles of Economics (Macro)
Economic Theory: Micro
Economic Theory: Macro
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours
6 additional hours from the following:
6 hours
ECON 3250
ECON 3300
ECON 4300
Business Conditions Analysis
Introduction to Econometrics
Quantitative Applications in Economics and Business
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours

Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis Option
21 hours
BSAD 2130
BSAD 3140
ISQA 3150
ISQA 3310
ISQA 4110
ISQA 4120
ISQA 4730
Principles of Business Statistics
Business Statistical Application
Principles of Quantitative Analysis
Managing the Data Base Environment
Information Systems Analysis
System Design and Implementation
Decision Support Systems
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours

Physics Option - With careful course selection, this option can satisfy a PHYS minor.
19 hours
PHYS 2110/1154
PHYS 2120/1164
General Physics Calculus Level I and Lab
General Physics Calculus Level II and Lab
5 hours
5 hours
9 additional hours from PHYS above 3000. Check with Physics and Math advisers about including PHYS 3250, Mathematical Methods of Physics.
9 hours