Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

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The Department of Mathematics, Software Engineering, and Computer Science offers programs that blend theory and practice in an innovative way, preparing students for career options in academic, corporate, health 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

Mathematics Major - Bachelor of Science

This program gives students a scientifically oriented education in mathematics. In addition to the standard topics in mathematics, students select courses in advanced mathematics, statistics, computer science and/or other areas related to the department. Cooperative education is strongly recommended. Students must earn at least a “C” grade in each MTH course counted towards the major and a C average for the 58 credit hours required for the major. The cooperative education program is highly recommended.

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 2760 Discrete Structures 3 cr.
MTH 3020 Linear Algebra with Applications 3 cr.
MTH 3720 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 4 cr.
MTH 4050 Abstract Algebra I 3 cr.
MTH 4350 Real Analysis I 3 cr.
MTH 4690 Mathematics Seminar 3 cr.
CSSE 1710 Introduction to Programming I 3 cr.
CSSE 1711 Introduction to Programming Lab I 1 cr.
ENL 3030 Technical Writing 3 cr.

Total: 38 credits, plus 6 credits of electives described below, and 15 credits of a cognate or 18+ credits in a minor.

Electives - flexibility and focus

To allow maximum flexibility to address personal interests and to focus on career-oriented objectives, students choose two elective courses and five cognate courses as follows:

Six or more credits of mathematical electives from:

MTH 3050 Mathematics of Finance 3 cr.
MTH 3060 Mathematical Thinking 3 cr.
MTH 4150 Theory of Numbers 3 cr.
MTH 4270 Applied Probability and Statistics 3 cr.
MTH 4370 Complex Variables 3 cr.
MTH 4550 Operations Research 3 cr.
MTH 4580 Applied Analysis 3 cr.
MTH 4590 Mathematical Modeling 3 cr.
MTH 4600 Graph Theory 3 cr.
MTH 4660 Introduction to Topology 3 cr.
CSSE 1720 Introduction to Programming II (with CSSE 1721 Lab) 4 cr.
CSSE 3430 Data Structures 3 cr.
CSSE 4490 Operating Systems 3 cr.

Fifteen credits in a cognate (or 18 credits+ in a minor)
Plus an additional 15 credits of electives in mathematics or in an area related to mathematics. These may include courses in mathematics, computer science, chemistry, physics, engineering, biology, economics, management science or other courses approved by the department.

University Core Curriculum

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

Cooperative Education
Students are encouraged to participate in the University’s Cooperative Education Program. In this program, each summer following the sophomore year, students are assisted in finding employment to gain experience (and pay) in a technology field. Students must register for the 1 credit online course SCI 3000 prior to their first co-op. A maximum of nine co-op credits can be counted toward graduation.

General Electives
General electives will be taken to round out the students’ education. A minimum of 126 credit hours are required for graduation.

Pre-Medical / Pre-Dental Interest
Students interested in medical or dental professional schools can earn any major as an undergraduate. Given the diagnostic/problem solving nature of these fields, Mathematics is a very attractive major for those with medical/dental career aspirations. A year of Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physics with accompanying labs should be taken by students interested in applying for medical or dental school. A course in Biochemistry and Physiology with labs is also highly recommended.


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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