Department of Mathematics and Statistics
BA in Mathematics - Applied Mathematics/Operations Research Concentration
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a B.A. degree in mathematics. The program is designed to provide students with a broad background in mathematics and statistics. Students select one of three concentrations: applied mathematics and operations research, pure mathematics, or statistics. Students who would like to become certified to teach may select the secondary teacher education track. The Department also offers an accelerated graduate pathway, where students can earn both an undergraduate degree and the M.S. degree in statistics in five years by carefully selecting courses.
Those majors intending to enter industry or other applied fields should consider the concentration in applied mathematics and operations research. Majors who plan to prepare for the actuarial profession should include in their programs Numerical Analysis and appropriate courses in the School of Business. Majors intending to pursue graduate work in applied mathematics are urged to take Real Analysis and Abstract Algebra.
Minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core Curriculum) required for a B.A. in mathematics: 49. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in major courses before being considered for a baccalaureate degree in mathematics.
A. Foundations (34 credits)
All students are required to successfully complete the foundations sequence listed below.
MAT 152 Calculus A (4 cr)
MAT 153 Calculus B (4 cr)
MAT 252 Calculus C (4 cr)
MAT 281 Introduction to Probability (3 cr)
MAT 282 Statistical Inference (3 cr)
MAT 290 Foundations of Mathematics (4 cr)
MAT 295 Linear Algebra (4 cr)
MAT 350 Differential Equations (4 cr)
COS 160 Structured Problem Solving: Java (3 cr)
COS 170 Structured Programming Laboratory (1 cr)
B. Concentration (15 credits)
In addition to the requirements above, the following items are required for the applied mathematics/operations research concentration.
a. Successful completion of three courses listed below:
MAT 364 Numerical Analysis
MAT 366 Deterministic Models in Operations Research
MAT 383 System Modeling and Simulation
MAT 460 Mathematical Modeling
MAT 461 Stochastic Models in Operations Research
MAT 492 Graph Theory and Combinatorics
b. Successful completion of at least two additional mathematics courses numbered 260 or above, excluding MAT 380 Probability and Statistics.
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