Program Highlights

Students interested in immediate employment in a mathematical area or in further study in mathematics should elect this option.

In addition to the foundation requirements, students must take

  • MA305 - Differential Equations
  • MA313 - Numerical Analysis
  • MA340 - Calculus III
  • MA403 - Abstract Algebra
  • MA440 - Advanced Calculus
  • MA499 - Senior Seminar
  • Two courses selected from
    • MA308 - Theory of Computation
    • MA314 - Advanced Mathematical Statistics
    • MA320 - History of Mathematics
    • MA324 - Theory of Interest
    • MA420 - Mathematical Logic
    • MA472 - Internship
    • MA491,492,493,494 - Independent Study
  • A minimum of 15 additional credit hours in a discipline to which mathematics is applied. Students’ areas of application will be made in consultation with their academic advisors.  

Plans of Study

Mathematics Required Courses

MA140 - Calculus I

Differential and integral calculus of the elementary functions with associated analytic geometry; concepts of limit, continuity, derivative and integral; applications of the derivative as rate of change, slope and solving max-min problems. Prerequisite: Successful completion of calculus readiness exam, or a grade of C- or better in MA115.

MA208 - Discrete Mathematics

Introduces basic techniques of proof and combinatorial problem solving.  Topics include graphs, trees, logic, applied combinatorics, and number theory. Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MA140.

MA240 - Calculus II

Applications of definite integral and Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, methods of integration, integrals of inverse trigonometric functions, logarithmic and exponential functions, the use of polar coordinates, infinite series, power series, Taylor series and Fourier series. Prerequisite: a grade of C- or better in MA140.

MA303 - Linear Algebra

Matrices, linear systems, finite dimensional vector spaces, vector geometry, linear transformations, quadratic forms. Prerequisite: a grade of C- or better in MA240.Completion of MA208 recommended.

MA304 - Probability

Combinatorial analysis, probability axioms, random variables and their distributions including binomial, normal, Student's t and f, estimation and sampling, hypothesis testing, linear and multivariate regression. Prerequisite: a grade of C- or better in MA240.

MA305 - Differential Equations

Elementary differential equations and applications including linear differential equations with constant coefficients and first order systems, higher order differential equations and applications. Existence and uniqueness theorems. Numerical techniques. Prerequisite: MA340 and concurrent enrollment or completion of MA303.

MA308 - Theory of Computation

An introduction to the theory of computation emphasized formal languages, automata, and computability. Includes computational complexity and NP-completeness. Prerequisite: MA208.

MA313 - Numerical Analysis

Iterative methods for approximating numerical solutions to systems of equations, polynomials, integral and differential equations. Also matrix manipulation and error analysis. Prerequisite: MA240 or consent of instructor.

MA314 -  Mathematical Statistics

Continuation of Mathematics 304 with an emphasis on multivariate distributions, estimation and tests of statistical hypotheses. Students who complete the course will have the opportunity to be prepared for the first actuarial statistics examination. Prerequisite: MA304.

MA320 - History of Mathematics

A study of major developments in the history of mathematics and in the mathematical contributions of non-Western cultures. The interplay between mathematics and culture is emphasized. Prerequisite: MA140 or consent of instructor.

MA324 - Theory of Interest

This course is designed to prepare students for Exam FM that is administered by the Society of Actuaries. Topics include compound interest formulas, annuities, perpetuities, amortization schedules, bonds, and other securities. Prerequisite: a grade of C- or better in MA240.

MA340 - Calculus III

Introduction to calculus of several variables, partial derivatives, multiple and iterated integrals, vector functions. Prerequisite: MA240.

MA403 - Abstract Algebra

Introduction to abstract algebra.  Includes basic ideas and theorems about groups, rings, integral domains, and fields. Prerequisite: MA303 or consent of instructor.

MA420 - Mathematical Logic

An introduction to mathematical logic and metamathematics. Includes predicate calculus, proof theory, formal axiomatic theories, consistency, completeness, and decidability. Prerequisite: MA208 or consent of instructor.

MA440 - Advanced Calculus

A rigorous treatment of fundamental analysis concepts. Includes topology of the real number system, limits, continuity, sequences, differentiability, and integrability. Prerequisite: MA303 and MA340, or consent of instructor.

MA472 - Internship

An on-the-job professional experience working for an organization, business or University department during an academic semester. A supervised work experience in which the superior student's mathematical background is used in an actual working environment. Prerequisite: Junior mathematics major and approval of instructor and Department chair.

MA491 - Independent Study

Advanced study in a topic chosen jointly by student and instructor. Some recent topics include topology, real analysis, operations research, complex analysis, logic and foundations, ethnomathematics, advanced statistics, formal language theory, projective geometry and computer-assisted instruction in mathematics. Prerequisite: Consent of department chair.

MA499 - Senior Seminar

Research in applied mathematics. Students create and present a research project under the direction of a member of the mathematics faculty. Prerequisite: Senior mathematics major.