Mathematics (BS)


The Department of Mathematics 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 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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    Program Learning Outcomes

    Graduates of this program will be able to:

    1. understand and use the theory of numerous areas of mathematics, including  calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, modern algebra, real analysis, and discrete mathematics.
    2. develop an ability to apply mathematics to problems in various areas including science and engineering, and use mathematical software to solve problems
    3. develop an ability to read, write, listen, and speak mathematically; to read and understand mathematically based material; to contribute effectively to group efforts.

    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 credits)
    • MTH 1420 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (4 credits)
    • MTH 2410 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III (4 credits)
    • MTH 2760 Discrete Structures (3 credits)
    • MTH 3020 Linear Algebra with Applications (3 credits)
    • MTH 3720 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra (4 credits)
    • MTH 4050 Abstract Algebra I (3 credits)
    • MTH 4350 Real Analysis I (3 credits)
    • MTH 4690 Mathematics Seminar (3 credits)
    • CSSE 1710 Introduction to Programming I (3 credits)
    • CSSE 1711 Introduction to Programming Lab I (1 credits)
    • ENL 3030 Technical Writing (3 credits)

    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:

    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

    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.


    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 course SCI 3000 prior to their first co-op. A maximum of nine co-op credits may 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 is also highly recommended.

Department Chair: Dr. Jeffery Boats
Engineering 259
Telephone: (313) 993-1503
Fax: (313) 993-1187