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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2009

August 26-30 Wolfpack Welcome
August 31 Classes begin
September 4
Add deadline
October 30 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 11 Last day of classes
December 12-18 Final Exams

Spring Term 2010

January 8 New Student Orientation
January 11 Classes begin
January 15 Add deadline
March 12 Last day to withdraw & last day to apply for graduation
April 28 Last day of classes
April 30 - May 6 Final Exams
May 8 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin

CHAIR: Michael R. Kelly, Ph.D., Office: 540 Monroe Hall
Professors: Michael Kelly, Duane Randall, Katarzyna Saxton, Ralph Tucci
Associate Professors: Maria Calzada, Xuefeng Li

The Department of Mathematics offers the bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. In the future, the major source of employment for the mathematician will continue to be industry, business, and other analytical fields. Employers will be concerned less about the actual degree than with the diversity of the student’s experiences. They will expect more than a superficial knowledge of mathematics and will also expect the student to be experienced in communicating with people such as engineers, managers, and stockholders, whose activity is outside the discipline of the mathematical sciences.

Since individual courses of study are peculiar to each student, a faculty adviser is assigned to a student at registration for the first semester. The faculty adviser will endeavor to tailor a particular program for the student with a proper mixture of adjunct and elective courses.

The faculty hold active memberships in a number of professional organizations: the Mathematical Association of America, the American Mathematical Society, and the American Statistical Association, to name a few.


There are many reasons for students to choose a major in mathematics. To meet the broad interests of all mathematical scholars, the department offers flexibility in its programs.

The mathematics student is encouraged to obtain as broad an educational experience as possible by selecting elective courses from several other disciplines in such diverse fields as physics, chemistry, economics, computer science, history, sociology, language, biology, psychology, music, English, business administration, and others.

The basic program is designed for the student wishing to have a career where mathematics might be used directly or indirectly, for example, in aeronautics, electronics, marketing, social engineering, opinion analysis, insurance, accounting, automation, management, computer applications, sales, teaching, and government operations or research.

In addition, the Mathematics department offers an interdisciplinary minor in Computational Science and a concentration in Computational Mathematics.  The Computational Mathematics concentration consists of 120 hours including 43 hours in major courses.

Several minors are available to the student majoring in mathematics. Minors such as computational science, biology, chemistry, business/economics, and physics are easy to fit into the mathematics major curriculum and can help broaden a student’s career opportunities.

The departmental honors program is designed to prepare the student for graduate work in mathematics. The departmental honors program requires a GPA of 3.0 in mathematics courses and two additional courses in mathematics; one at the 300 level or higher and the second is MATH A498, which has a research thesis component.

The mathematics program may be tailored to meet the needs of students interested in industrial applied mathematics, biomathematics, or mathematical statistics.

Bachelor of Science-Mathematics

Freshman   F S
Major MATH A200 0 3
Major MATH A257 — A2581 4 4
Major MATH A204 3 0
Adjunct MATH A211 — A212 3 3
Common Curriculum   6 6
    16 16
Sophomore   F S
Major MATH A259 — A310 3 3
Adjunct PHYS A101— A102 5 5
Common Curriculum   6 6
Foreign Language   3 3
    17 17
Junior   F S
Major MATH A340 — A341 3 3
Major MATH A400 3 0
Major MATH (A300 or A400 level) 0 3
Adjunct COSC A375 3 0
Common Curriculum   6 6
Elective   3 3
    18 15
Senior   F S
Major MATH A410 — A411 3 3
Major MATH (A300 or A400 level) 3 0
Common Curriculum   3 3
Electives   6 9
    15 15
TOTAL: 129 cr. hrs.    

Bachelor of Science-Computational Mathematics

Major Requirements: 43 hours

Math A200 Intro to Linear Algebra, 3 cr
Math A211 Intro to Programming I, 3 cr
Math A212 Intro to Programming II, 3 cr
Math A257 Calculus I (Common Curriculum)
Math A258 Calculus II, 4 cr
Math A259 Calculus III, 3 cr
Math A271 Applied Scientific Computing, 3 cr
Math A310 Intro to Differential Equations, 3 cr
Math A340 Math Probability, 3 cr
Math A341 Statistical Theory and Methods, 3 cr
Math A375 Computational Mathematics, 3 cr
Math A410 Advanced Calculus I, 3 cr
Math Elective 300 level or above, 3 cr
Math Elective 300 level or above, 3 cr
Math A498 Research Project, 3 cr

TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours

In summary, the Computational Mathematics major requires five computations courses (Math A211, Math A212, Math A271, Math A375, and Math A498) while the Mathematics major requires Math A211 and replaces the other four courses with three more theoretical courses (Math A320 Linear Algebra, Math A400 Abstract Algebra, Math A411 Advanced Calculus II) and an elective.

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(View Common Curriculum Requirements.)

1 Students without the knowledge of trigonometry should take MATH A118 in the summer before their freshman year or during the fall semester.