The B.S. in Mathematical Sciences requires a minimum of 120 credits. Along with the general education requirements of the College of Humanities and Sciences and the undergraduate degree requirements, students are required to take core courses and fulfill specific requirements for the degree.
Based on the results of the Mathematics Placement Test, students may be required to take MATH 151 Precalculus Mathematics. No more than one course in mathematics (MATH) at the 100 level can count for the general requirements toward the degree. Credit for 100-level mathematical sciences courses cannot be applied toward the mathematical sciences courses required for the major in mathematical sciences.
Students who meet the requirements for two of the concentrations within the mathematical sciences curriculum can receive a double major. To initiate a double major, students must obtain the appropriate form from the Office of Records and Registration.
Second baccalaureate degree
For students possessing a bachelor’s degree and wishing to gain undergraduate preparation in an area of mathematical sciences, second baccalaureate degrees are offered through the department. For detailed information about these programs, refer to the “Academic regulations and general degree requirement” section of this bulletin.
The curriculum in mathematical sciences promotes understanding of the mathematical sciences and their structures, uses and relationships to other disciplines. To this end, the scholarly growth of the faculty and students in the mathematical sciences is nurtured through study, research and a high standard of teaching. The curriculum provides a sound foundation for the student seeking to enter a career with a technological orientation or for the student who wishes to pursue graduate study in applied mathematics, biomathematics, mathematics, operations research, statistics, teaching mathematics in secondary schools or related fields.
A Bachelor of Science is offered jointly by the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics and the Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research. In the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences can choose a concentration of biomathematics, which focuses on the overlap between mathematics and the disciplines of biology and medicine. This concentration covers the mathematical methods of modeling and analysis of phenomena in the life sciences.
Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:
|General Education requirements (32-46 credits)||Credits|
|University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)|
|UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I||3|
|UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II||3|
|UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument||3|
|Approved humanities/fine arts||3|
|Approved natural/physical sciences||3-4|
|Approved quantitative literacy||3-4|
|Approved social/behavioral sciences||3-4|
|Additional College of Humanities and Sciences requirements (11-23 credits)|
|HUMS 202 Choices in a Consumer Society||1|
|Approved H&S diverse and global communities||3|
|Approved H&S general education electives||6-8|
|Approved H&S human, social and political behavior (fulfills University Core social/behavioral sciences)|
|Approved H&S literature and civilization (fulfills University Core humanities/fine arts)|
|Approved H&S science and technology (fulfills University Core natural/physical sciences)|
|Experiential fine arts (course offered by the School of the Arts)||1-3|
|Foreign language through the 102 level (by course or placement)||0-8|
|Collateral requirements (11-15 credits)|
|Complete one of the following sequences:||8-10|
|BIOL 151 and 152 Introduction to Biological Science I and II and BIOZ 151 and 152 Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory I and II|
|CHEM 101-102 General Chemistry and CHEZ 101-102 General Chemistry Laboratory|
|PHYS 201-202 General Physics|
|PHYS 207 and 208 University Physics I and II|
|Complete another course in the natural sciences that is not from the general education science and technology list. This course must be in a science different from the sequence chosen above.||3-5|
|Major requirements (minimum 48 credits; or minimum 45 credits with minor or double major)|
|Note: A minimum grade of C is required in courses/credits marked with an asterisk (*).|
|MATH 200-201 Calculus with Analytic Geometry*||8|
|MATH 255 Introduction to Computational Mathematics or CMSC 245 Introduction to Programming Using C++ or EGRE 245 Engineering Programming Using C||3|
|MATH 300 Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning*||3|
|MATH 301 Differential Equations*||3|
|MATH 307 Multivariable Calculus*||4|
|MATH 310 Linear Algebra*||3|
|MATH 380 Introduction to Mathematical Biology||4|
|MATH 407 Advanced Calculus||3|
|MATH 490 Mathematical Expositions (capstone)||3|
|Choose two of MATH 580 Methods of Applied Mathematics for the Life Sciences: Discrete, MATH 581 Methods of Applied Mathematics for the Life Sciences: ODE or MATH 582 Methods of Applied Mathematics for the Life Sciences: PDE||6|
|MATH 585 Biomathematics Seminar (repeated for two credits)||2|
|STAT 212 Concepts of Statistics (fulfills University Core quantitative literacy)|
|Biomathematics concentration electives: six additional upper-level credits in mathematics, statistics, operations research or computer science courses or complete a minor or a double major||0-6|
|Open electives (11-32 credits)|
|Total minimum requirement||120|
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