Department of Mathematics and Statistics

BA in Mathematics - Pure Mathematics 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: pure mathematics, applied mathematics/operations research, or statistics. Students who would like to become certified to teach may select the Secondary Teacher Education track. The Department also offers an accelerated, flexible 4+1 master's program in statistics, where students can earn both an undergraduate degree and the M.S. degree in statistics in five years by carefully selecting their courses.

Mathematics majors intending to pursue graduate work in mathematics should consider the Pure Mathematics concentration, and they are urged to take Real Analysis, Abstract Algebra, Topology, and one year of French or German. Students intending to teach at the secondary level should choose this concentration.

The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) required for a bachelor of arts in mathematics: 49.  Each student 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 listed above, the following items are required for the Pure Mathematics Concentration.

a. Successful completion of three of the courses listed below:
     MAT 352 Real Analysis
     MAT 355 Complex Analysis
     MAT 371 College Geometry
     MAT 392 Theory of Numbers
     MAT 395 Abstract Algebra
     MAT 470 Non-Euclidean Geometry
     MAT 490 Topology

b. Successful completion of at least two additional mathematics courses numbered 260 or above, excluding MAT 380 Probability and Statistics.