Department Programs
We have two degrees, two majors, and two minors in the department.
Mathematics Major, B.A.
To be eligible for a major in Mathematics for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, one must successfully complete 11 credits as follows:
• | Core courses (6): | MATH 152, MATH 185, MATH 205, MATH 210, MATH 231, and MATH 241. |
• | Electives (4): | Four additional courses numbered 175 or higher, with at least one numbered above 300. |
• | Research Experience (1): | Each student must complete a research project leading to a written and oral presentation. This requirement may be fulfilled through MATH 361, MATH 399, or an honors project. However, it must be certified by the department chair. |
Mathematics Major, B.S.
To be eligible for a major in Mathematics for the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, one must successfully complete 15 credits as follows:
• | Core courses (8): | MATH 152, MATH 185, MATH 205, MATH 210, MATH 230, MATH 231, MATH 241, and MATH 321. |
• | Electives (4): | Four additional courses, with at least one numbered above 300. These electves are to be selected from the following list: MATH 211, MATH 215, MATH 217, MATH 225, MATH 313, MATH 322, MATH 325, MATH 331, MATH 332, MATH 333, MATH 341, and MATH 342. |
• | Research Experience (1): | Each student must complete a research project leading to a written and oral presentation. This requirement may be fulfilled through MATH 361, MATH 399, or an honors project. However, it must be certified by the department chair. |
• | Programming (1): | CS 141 or another programming course approved by the department chair. |
• | Science (1): | One additional course selected from the following list: BIOL 331, CHEM 321, CS 142, PHYS 130, or any full-credit Physics course numbered above 200. |
Data Science Major, B.A.
To be eligible for a major in Data Science, one must successfully complete between 10½ and 12 credits as follows:
• | Introduction (4–5): | Statistics | STAT 200 |
Computer Science | CS 141 and CS 142 | ||
Integral Calculus | MATH 145 or MATH 151 and MATH 152 (rec) |
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• | Core (3): | Statistics | STAT 223 or STAT 225 |
Computer Science | CS 208 or CS 220 | ||
Linear Algebra | MATH 185 | ||
• | Advanced (3): | Statistics | MATH/STAT 321 |
Computer Science | CS 317 or CS 320 | ||
Data Science | CS/STAT 312 or CS/STAT 323 | ||
• | Research Project (½–1): | As a capstone project, the program requires a large data analysis project, which may be done in conjunction with a course, or as a separate independent study worth ½ or 1 credit. The project must be approved by the program committee and requires a paper and a public presentation. It is recommended that the project focus on a field outside of mathematics, statistics, and computer science to which Data Science applies.
Students combining a major in Data Science with a major in Mathematics, Computer Science, or Integrative Business and Management may apply no more than 3 courses to both programs simultaneously. Students majoring in Data Science may not minor in Statistics. |
Mathematics Minor
To be eligible for a minor in Mathematics, one must successfully complete five (5) credits as follows:
• | Core courses (3): | MATH 152, MATH 185, and MATH 205. |
• | Electives (2): | Two additional mathematics courses numbered 175 or higher, with at least one chosen from: MATH 210, MATH 216, MATH 217, MATH 218, MATH 231, or MATH 241. |
Statistics Minor
To be eligible for a minor in Statistics, one must successfully complete 5½ credits as follows:
• | Elementary Statistics (1): | STAT 200 or PSYC 281. |
• | Differential Calculus (1): | MATH 145 or MATH 151. |
• | Matrix Algebra (1): | MATH 185. |
• | Linear Models (1): | STAT 225. |
• | Research Methods (1): | One of PS 230, PSYC 282, ECON 303, BIOL 210, PHYS 241, or MATH 322. |
• | Research Project (½): | As a capstone project, the Statistics Program requires a data analysis (or a theoretical project) under the supervision of program faculty resulting in a paper and presentation. While the project is usually done under the guise of STAT 250, it may be done as part of an internship or other off-campus experience. In either case, it must be approved by the program faculty. |
Suggested Coursework
Students should discuss with their advisor about future career arcs. To assist in this discussion, here are our professional recommendations for mathematically-related careers:
- Students intending to enter graduate school in Mathematics should complete all of: MATH 211, MATH 215, MATH 230, MATH 313, MATH 331 and 333, and MATH 341 and 342.
- Students intending to pursue graduate study in Applied Mathematics should take all of: MATH 215, MATH 230, MATH 321 and 322, MATH 331 and 333.
- Students who wish to pursue graduate study in Financial Mathematics or a related field should take all of: MATH 210, BUS/ECON 333, CS 142, MATH 230, MATH 231 and 331.
- Students who are considering graduate study in Statistics should take a strong program in mathematics that includes: MATH 151 and 152, MATH 205, MATH 210, MATH 321 and 322, and MATH 231 and 331.
- Students interested in the actuarial profession should take: introductory micro- and macroeconomics, MATH 151 and 152, MATH 205, MATH 210, MATH 227, and MATH 321 and 322.
- Students who wish to teach at the secondary level should complete MATH 175, MATH 216, MATH 217, MATH 218, and MATH 321 and 322.