Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

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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.

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

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):

CSSE 1710 Intro To Programming I (with CSSE 1711 Lab) 4 cr.
MTH 3050 Mathematics of Finance 3 cr.
MTH 4150 Theory of Numbers 3 cr.
MTH 4590 Mathematical Modeling 3 cr.
MTH 4600 Graph Theory 3 cr.
MED 4870 Finite Mathematics 3 cr.

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

Objective 1: Communication Skills
ENL 1310 Academic Writing 3 cr.
CST 1010 Speech 3 cr.
Objective 2: Mathematical and Computer Skills
OB 2A Satisfied with courses required by the program


Computer Course (CIS or CSSE) 3 cr.
Objective 3: Scientific Literacy


Natural Science Course 3 cr.


Second Natural Science Course 3 cr.
Objective 4: Meaning and Value
PHL 1000 Intro to Philosophy 3 cr.
RELS Religious Studies (Select one OB4B course) 3 cr.
RELS/PHL Religious Studies or Philosophy (Select one OB4C course) 3 cr.
Objective 5: Diverse Human Experience
5A/5B/5C Specific History/English/Art course
(must have this OB 5A, 5B or 5C attribute)
3 cr.
5A/5B/5C A Second History/English/Art course
(must have this OB 5A, 5B or 5C attribute)
3 cr.
5D Comparative Experiences course
(must have OB 5D attribute)
3 cr.
Objective 6: Social Responsibility
OB 6A Ethics 3 cr.
OB 6B Contemporary Social Problems 3 cr.

Program Contact Information

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

For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to www.udmercy.edu/apply.

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