The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers majors in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Mathematics for Teacher Certification. All three programs begin with a 4-semester calculus/differential equations sequence. So, if you are not sure which major you prefer, it is easy to change your mind during the first couple of years of study. The programs differ with the required upper level courses. Mathematics is a traditional math major offering the best preparation for future research in mathematics, including graduate school. It will offer the most practice with proof-writing and theoretical concepts, including abstract algebra, real analysis, and complex analysis. Applied mathematics emphasizes topics which are currently used in applied fields. These include probability, statistics, actuarial science, numerical analysis, and stochastic processes. Mathematics for Secondary Education leads toward teacher certification. However, it also offers good preparation for graduate school or other careers.
The department also provides all mathematics courses required for Elementary Education Mathematics majors.
- There are also four-year plans for the Mathematics and Applied Mathematics majors for students beginning year 1 with MATH 120A (College Algebra) or MATH 140 (Introductory Mathematical Analysis)
- A minor is required for each major.
- The Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Mathematics for Teacher Certification majors require one computer science course involving a structured programming language suitable for mathematics– currently these are CS 110, CS 116 or CS 146.