2020-2021 Catalog

Mathematics

Mission Statement

The mission of the Mathematics program is to provide each student a solid foundation in several core branches of mathematics (calculus, analysis, and algebra) and to prepare students to apply quantitative and abstract reasoning skills in advanced degree programs and/or careers requiring expertise in mathematics.

Students majoring in Mathematics must take MATH 121 to satisfy the General Education Core (GEC) requirement in mathematics. Students whose mathematical background is insufficient for MATH 121 may take MATH 111 and MATH 119 as general electives. However, these courses cannot be used as part of the major. Students majoring in mathematics are encouraged to choose general elective courses so that a minor in a related field is completed.

Students interested in mathematics teacher licensure must complete this program of study and the Secondary Education dual major. Candidates should work with an advisor in mathematics and an advisor from the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts early and often to ensure enrollment in the required courses. Classroom Management (ED 432) and Applied Methods and Concepts (ED 433) must be taken the semester prior to student teaching.

Degree Requirements

Area I – Foundation Skills - 3 hours

FSL 101Foundations of Scholarship and Learning

3

FSL 101 is required only for new and transferring freshmen with less than 24 credit hours. Students must earn a "C" or higher in FSL 101.

Area I - Rhetoric and Communication - 9 hours

ENG 101English Composition I

3

ENG 102English Composition II

3

BUA 251/ENG 251Business Communications

3

or

ENG 225Spoken Word and Public Performance

3

or

SPEE 220Fundamentals of Speech

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in ENG 101 and ENG 102.

Area I – Mathematics - 4 hours

MATH 121Calculus I

4

Students must earn a "C" or higher in MATH 121.

Area I - Computer Literacy - 3 hours

CIS 170Intro to Microcomputer Applications

3

or

ED 190Introduction to Computers for Instruction

3

Area II - The Arts - 3 hours

Choose one from the following:
ART 191Enhancing Art Understanding

3

ENG 210Introduction to Film Studies

3

MU 129Music Listening

3

THR 100Introduction to Theatre

3

Area II - Literature in English - 3 hours

Choose one from the following:
ENG 215Introduction to Literature

3

ENG 216Topics in Literature

3

Area II - Social Science and Humanities - 6 hours

Choose two from the following:
ANTH 210/SOC 210Cultural Anthropology

3

ECON 241Principles of Macroeconomics

3

or

ECON 242Principles of Microeconomics

3

GEOG 200World Regional Geography

3

PHIL 201Introduction to Philosophy

3

POLSC 223Introduction to American National Government & Politics

3

or

POLSC 224Introduction to American State and Local Government & Politics

3

PSY 201General Psychology

3

or

PSY 211Psychology of Human Growth & Development

3

SOC 221Introduction to Sociology

3

or

SOC 223Social Problems

3

Area II - History - 6 hours

Choose one sequence from the following:
HIS 111History of Western Civilization I

3

and

HIS 112History of Western Civilization II

3

or

HIS 191World Civilization to 1500

3

and

HIS 192World Civilization since 1500

3

or

HIS 201History of the United States I

3

and

HIS 202History of the United States II

3

Area II - The Natural Sciences - 7-8 hours

Choose two different science disciplines from the following:
ASTR 100Introduction to Astronomy

4

BIO 100Principles of Biology

4

or

BIO 111General Biology I

3

CHEM 103Fundamentals of Chemistry

3

and

CHEM 103LFundamentals of Chemistry Lab

1

or

CHEM 111General Chemistry I

3

and

CHEM 111LGeneral Chemistry I Lab

1

PHY 201College Physics I

4

or

PHY 210General Physics I

4

PS 100Physical Science

4

SCI 105Special Topics in Science

4

Required Mathematics Courses - 25 hours

MATH 122Calculus II

4

MATH 221Calculus III

4

MATH 250Linear Algebra

3

MATH 251Mathematical Proofs and Structures

3

MATH 441Real Analysis

3

MATH 451Abstract Algebra

3

MATH 475Senior Seminar in Mathematics

2

MATH 495Senior Project

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all Required Mathematics courses.

Mathematics Electives - 9 hours

Choose three from the following:

MATH 307College Geometry

3

MATH 315Probability and Statistics

3

MATH 329Differential Equations

3

MATH 332Advanced Linear Algebra

3

MATH 442Advanced Real Analysis

3

MATH 452Advanced Abstract Algebra

3

MATH 498Special Topics in Mathematics

3

MATH 498 may be taken twice, under different topics, for up to six hours of credit to satisfy this degree requirement. Students must earn a "C" or higher in all Mathematics electives.

Computer Programming Requirement - 3 hours

Students must take a computer programming course approved by the mathematics faculty.

Students must earn a "C" or higher in the computer programming requirement.

General Electives - 38-42 hours

Select sufficient courses from any academic discipline to bring the total hours for graduation to a minimum of 120. Students majoring in mathematics are strongly encouraged to select general elective courses to complete a minor or double major.

Total GEC Credit Hours (41-45 hours)
Total Mathematics Core (25 hours)
Total Mathematics Electives (9 hours)
Total Computer Programming Requirement (3 hours)
Total General Electives (38-42 hours)

120 minimum hours required for graduation.