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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Students majoring in mathematics may choose either the pure mathematics option, the applied mathematics option, the secondary education option, or the elementary education option. All students must have completed Mathematics 151 and 152 or the equivalent. All majors must file an approved concentration form by the end of the upper sophomore semester. The six additional courses required for the major must be part of this concentration form. Students may also minor in mathematics.

The Pure Mathematics Option

Required: Mathematics 201 and 202 (or 207), 310 (or 208 or 320), and either 231 or 237; Physics 121 and 122, or Physics 103 and 204, or Physics 145 and 146, or Economics 225 and 226. Six courses must be taken from those listed in Groups A and B, at least four of which must be from Group A and include either Mathematics 317, 333, 613, or 617.

Group A: Mathematics 232, 317, 320, 333, 337, 395, 396, and all 600-level mathematics courses, except 601. Math 320 may not be counted as a Group A course if it has been used to satisfy the requirement above.

Group B: Mathematics 220, 223, 224, 241, 242, 245, 247, 248, 249, 217 (only for evening students who have not taken Math 223), 328, 518, 524. With the permission of the Chair or the Assistant Chair for Evening Studies, courses in physics may be substituted for some of the courses in mathematics listed in Group A or B.

For majors centering on a specific career objective, it is recommended, but not required, that elective courses be chosen from those listed below:

  • High School Teaching: Mathematics 317 (or 617) and 618 and 241, plus courses chosen from 310, 333 (or 613), 518, 524, 619, 621, 626, 636. Courses in computer science and physics are strongly recommended.
  • College Teaching: Mathematics 310, 320, 337 (or 333 or 613), 609, 612, 614, 618, 619, 621, 624, 625, 626, 628, 631, 634, 636.
  • Mathematical Physics: Mathematics 220, 223, 224, 328, 333 (or 613), 614, 624, 628, and a number of physics courses beyond Physics 146.
  • Computer Science: Mathematics 220, 223, 224, 232, 241, 242, 245, 247, 248, 249, 310, 328, 333 (or 613), 614, 621, 623, 624, 625, 626, 628, 633, 634, 636.
  • Statistics: Mathematics 241, 242, 621, 624, 633, 635, and 614.
  • Actuarial Work: Mathematics 201, 241, 271, 272, 633 (preferably), 621, 242, 116 and BUS. 241. These courses will provide preparation for the first two actuarial exams. In addition, as of 1/1/05, students are expected to take Economics/Business courses which will serve to provide Validation by Educational Experience (VEE). There are three VEE subject categories. One is "Applied Statistical Methods," which is covered by Econ. 249 and 382. Another is "Corporate Finance," which is covered by BUS 241 and BUS 341W. The third category is "Economics," which is covered by Econ. 101, and 102. Note: A very important point is that a candidate seeking Society of Actuary approval may not submit an application to have his VEE courses approved until at least two actuarial exams have been passed.

The Applied Mathematics Option

All students must have completed Mathematics 151 and 152 or the equivalent. All students electing the applied mathematics option must take 201 and 202 (or 207); either 231 or 237; either 241 or 611; and Computer Science 101. They must also take six courses from Group I, at least two of which must be numbered 300 or higher, and must follow one of the tracks in Group II below:

Group I: Mathematics 208, 220, 223, 224, 232, 242, 245, 247, 248, 249, 310, 328, 333, 613, 614, 619, 621, 623, 624, 625, 628, 633, 634, 635, 636. Except for students in the Operations Research track, students cannot use all three of the courses 247, 248, 249 in fulfilling the Group I requirement.

Group II: [Consult your adviser for an updated list.]

  • Biology track: Biology 107, 108, and Chemistry 115, 116 (or equivalent).
  • Computer Science track: Computer Science 95 and 101 plus any two courses chosen from Computer Science 141, 203, 241, 311, 341.
  • Physics track: Physics 145, 146 and two courses to be chosen from 311, 312, 611, 612, 615.
  • Psychology track: Psychology 101, 107, 213, and two courses to be chosen from Psychology 311, 312, 313. Students should include either Mathematics 242 or Mathematics 633 among the courses chosen from Group I.
  • Operations Research track: Three additional courses from Group I, to make a total of nine; the nine courses must include Mathematics 247 (or 248), 623, and 633. A series of courses making up a meaningful program in an area in which mathematics has significant application. This series must be approved by the student's faculty adviser.

The Secondary Education Option

> Required: Mathematics 231 or 237; 201, 505; 241 or 611; 518; 220; Computer Science 111 and 211; Secondary Education 201, 221, 340, 350, 361, 371, and 381. Five or six additional courses as follows: five additional courses chosen from Lists X and Y below, of which at least three must be from List X, OR six additional courses chosen from Lists X and Y below, of which at least two must be from List X.

List X: Mathematics 310, 317 (or 617), 333 (or 613), 609, 612, 618, 619, 626, and 634. Mathematics 310 is recommended for those who expect to teach calculus. Also especially recommended are 317 (or 617), 333 (or 613), 618, and 619.

List Y: Mathematics 202, 213W, 223, 232, 242, 245, 247, 248, 320, 385, and all 500- and 600-level courses not already used to satisfy the above requirements. Mathematics 202 is usually required for entry into master's degree programs in mathematics. A year of college physics is recommended.

The Elementary Education Option

Required: Mathematics 119, 141-143 (or 151-152), 231, 220, 241, 509, 518 (or 618), and Computer Science 95. One additional math course will be chosen with the advice and approval of the student's Mathematics department adviser. Each student must obtain a Mathematics department adviser by the beginning of the junior year.

Minor in Mathematics

A minor in mathematics is offered to any student who completes at least 15 credits in a coherent program of mathematics courses. The students program must be approved by the Mathematics Department. A concentration form must be filed with and approved by the department by the end of the student¹s lower junior semester. An overall index of at least 2.0 in courses numbered 171 or higher is required, and no course in which a grade below C- is obtained will be recognized as fulfilling the requirements for a minor.

Required: Mathematics 201 and at least four other courses numbered 171 or higher, with the following exceptions: Mathematics 120 may be included as part of the minor; Mathematics 271, 272, and 385 may not be included as part of the minor; no more than one of Mathematics 120, 220, 601 may be included as part of the minor. (Elementary Education students should consult that department for their special requirements for a minor in mathematics.)

     



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