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Mathematics (BA)

Description

The Department of Mathematics, Software Engineering and Computer Science is uniquely qualified to offer programs that blend theory and practice in an innovative way, preparing students for career options in academic, corporate, and government areas. Classes are deliberately structured to enable students who pursue a major in Mathematics or Computer Science to learn in concert with Engineering and Science majors. In this setting, the student’s appreciation of the inherent power and cohesiveness of mathematics is enhanced by the highlighted role that mathematics plays in all fields.

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    Degree Requirements - Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Mathematics (126 credits)

    This program is designed to give the student a classical mathematics education in the liberal arts tradition in preparation for teaching secondary or elementary school. In addition to the standard topics in mathematics, a student must select an elective course in advanced mathematics, computer science, and/or statistics. Early in the program, students should contact an advisor from the College of Liberal Arts & Education to oversee their teacher certification coursework. Besides the additional coursework for teacher certification, a twenty-hour teaching minor (approved by the student’s Education advisor) is also required. The student must earn at least a C grade in each MTH course and a 2.0 GPA overall in the major. Prospective teachers must earn a 2.7 GPA in the major. There are 36 credit hours in the major including the courses below and a minimum of 1 technical elective.

    Required Major Courses

    • MTH 1410 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (4 credits)
    • MTH 1420 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (4 credits)
    • MTH 2410 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III (4 credits)
    • MTH 3020 Linear Algebra with Applications (3 credits)
    • MTH 3060 Mathematical Thinking (3 credits)
    • MTH 2760 Discrete Structures (3 credits)
    • MTH 4050 Abstract Algebra I (3 credits)
    • MED 4830 Fundamental Concepts of Geometry (3 credits)
    • MED 4840 History of Mathematics (3 credits)
    • MED 4850 Probability and Statistics for Teachers (3 credits)
    • Elective see below (3 credits)

    Electives - flexibility and focus

    To allow flexibility to address personal interests, students choose ONE or more courses from the following electives (other courses may be taken with advisor approval):

    The student must earn at least a “C” grade in each MTH course that will be counted towards completing the major.

    University Core Curriculum Courses

    In addition to the courses required for this program listed above, the student must also fulfill the requirements of the University Core Curriculum for this program.

    Some of these courses may be satisfied by courses in your program.  Please review your Degree Evaluation or consult your academic advisor for more information.

Program Contact Information

Department Chair: Dr. Jeffery Boats
Engineering 259
Email: boatsjj@udmercy.edu
Telephone: (313) 993-1503
Fax: (313) 993-1187

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