Mathematics (BS)

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- Bachelor of Science with a Major in Mathematics (120 credits)

    Mathematics Major - Bachelor of Science

    This program gives students a scientifically-oriented education in mathematics. In addition to the standard topics in mathematics and statistics, students select courses in advanced mathematics, computer science and/or other areas related to the department. Students must earn at least a “C” grade in each MTH course counted towards the major and a C average for the 59 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 1834 Mathematical Excursion (1 credit)
    • MTH 2410 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III* (4 credits)
    • MTH 2760 Discrete Structures (3 credits)
    • MTH 3020 Linear Algebra with Applications (3 credits)
    • MTH 4050 Abstract Algebra I (3 credits)
    • MTH 4270 Applied Probability and Statistics (3 credits)
    • MTH 4350 Real Analysis I (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: 35 credits, plus nine credits of electives described below, and 15 credits of a cognate or 18+ credits in a minor.

    *MTH 2411 and MTH 2412 may be taken instead of MTH 2410

    Electives - flexibility and focus

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

    Nine or more credits of mathematical electives from:

    • MTH 3050 Mathematics of Finance (3 credits)
    • MTH 3060 Mathematical Thinking (3 credits)
    • MTH 3720 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra (4 credits)
    • MTH 4150 Theory of Numbers (3 credits)
    • MTH 4370 Complex Variables (3 credits)
    • MTH 4550 Operations Research (3 credits)
    • MTH 4580 Applied Analysis (3 credits)
    • MTH 4590 Mathematical Modeling (3 credits)
    • MTH 4600 Graph Theory (3 credits)
    • MTH 4660 Introduction to Topology (3 credits)
    • MTH 4690 Mathematics Seminar (3 credits)
    • CSSE 1720 Introduction to Programming II (with CSSE 1721 Lab) 4 credits
    • CSSE 3430 Data Structures (3 credits)
    • CSSE 4490 Operating Systems (3 credits)
    • ENGR 3000 Introduction to Cooperative Education in Engineering and Science (1 credit)
    • CTA 3010 Engineering Co-Op I (1 or 2 credits)

    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.

    Students are encouraged to choose their elective and cognate courses in keeping with one of the focus areas of the department such as: Mathematical Modeling and Applications, Statistics and Actuarial Science, Logic and Foundations, Discrete Math and Graph Theory, Mathematics Education, and Pure Mathematics.

    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, in the 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 one-credit course ENGR 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 120 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.


    Accelerated 6-Year Law Scholars Program

    Detroit Mercy’s innovative Accelerated 6-Year Law Scholars Program enables a student to earn both a bachelor's degree and a Juris Doctor degree in six years rather than the traditional seven in the Six-Year BS (Mathematics)-Juris Doctor program. You will spend the first three years earning credit toward your bachelor’s degree and the last three completing the Juris Doctor requirements. The credits earned after successfully completing the first-year law school curriculum will transfer back to the undergraduate program for awarding of the bachelor’s degree in the selected major you choose.

Department Chair: Lazaros Kikas, Ph.D.
Engineering 259
Telephone: 313-993-3379