Mathematics Major

For a 51-credit major in mathematics, students complete the following:

MA 0151Functional Programming 13
MA 0171Calculus I4
MA 0172Calculus II4
MA 0231Discrete Mathematics3
MA 0235Linear Algebra3
MA 0273Multivariable Calculus4
MA 0334Abstract Algebra3
MA 0371Real Analysis3
Select six 300-level mathematics electives18
Select two semesters of a laboratory science 26
Mathematics Capstone 3
Total Credits51

Students who wish to double major in mathematics and another area are encouraged to meet with the chairs of the respective departments so that appropriate modifications to the requirements can be made to allow these students to graduate in four years. Popular double majors with mathematics include computer science, economics, and physics.

Mathematics majors are required to have a graphing calculator at least as powerful as a TI-84.

Honors Seminar

Students who take the MA 0390 or MA 0391 Honors Seminar receive three credits for one of their mathematics electives upon completion of one semester of MA 0390 or MA 0391. Students who complete both MA 0390 and MA 0391 earn six credits: the first semester counts as a 3-credit mathematics elective, while the second counts as a 3-credit free elective.

Students Interested in Teaching Mathematics in High School or Middle School

Students planning a career in secondary education should consult with the department chair, and with the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, as early as possible. Consult the catalog section for the Program in Education for information concerning requirements for the Five-Year Integrated Bachelor's and Master's Degree program in Secondary Education with Initial 7-12 Certification.

The curriculum given below represents a typical option for completing the major in mathematics.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
MA 0151 Functional Programming 3
MA 0171 Calculus I 4
Core Courses 9
 Credits16
Spring
MA 0172 Calculus II 4
Core Courses 12
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
MA 0231 Discrete Mathematics 3
MA 0273 Multivariable Calculus 4
Core Courses 9
 Credits16
Spring
MA 0235 Linear Algebra 3
Math Elective 3
Core Courses 9
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall
MA 0334 Abstract Algebra 3
MA 0371 Real Analysis 3
Laboratory Science 4
Core Courses 6
 Credits16
Spring
Math Electives 6
Laboratory Science 4
Core Course 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
Math Electives 6
Elective Courses 9
 Credits15
Spring
Math Elective 3
Elective Courses 9
Mathematics Comprehensive Exam 0
 Credits12
 Total Credits122