Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Degree Programs Overview

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers undergraduate programs leading to the B.A., B.A.-H.S., and B.S. with concentrations in mathematics and statistics. The B.A. program is more flexible than the B.S. program. It allows one to specialize in mathematics and at the same time either to follow a broad liberal arts program or to specialize in a second area (possibly even taking a second major). The B.S. program is more technically oriented; it provides solid preparation for work or study in mathematics or a related field. Students wanting to go to graduate school should strongly consider the B.S. degree. We also offer a minors in mathematics and statistics.

Mathematics is an excellent major for the student whose immediate objective is to acquire a strong liberal arts education. The goal of all of the Department’s programs is to produce students who are both technically competent and sufficiently well grounded in theory that they can contribute to fundamental research in their chosen specialty. There are many opportunities for the undergraduate majors in the mathematics in industry, government, business, and secondary school teaching. Graduates with a concentration in statistics may go on to work as an actuary with insurance companies; as a data analyst with pharmaceutical, biotechnology, or health care companies; as a quality assurance specialist with engineering companies; or in government agencies such as FDA, EPA or USDA where their main responsibility is to check compliance for quality specifications.

An undergraduate major in the mathematics also provides excellent preparation for graduate studies in many areas, including actuarial sciences, computer science, economics, engineering, law, mathematics, operations research, and statistics. The majors can be specialized to allow preparation for any of these goals.

Requirements

The Undergraduate Bulletin should be consulted for detailed requirements, including the allowable electives. The degree requires 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level or above. We outline the MAT/STA requirements here. See our Courses page for a brief description of the courses.

B.S. mathematics concentration

  • One year sequence with labs in Physics with Calculus, Chemistry, or Biology.
  • Calculus I-IV (MAT 191, 292, 293, 394)
  • Discrete Mathematical Structures (MAT 253)
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistical Inference (STA 290)
  • Elementary Linear Algebra (MAT 310)
  • Introduction to Abstract Algebra (MAT 311)
  • Ordinary Differential Equations (MAT 390)
  • Introduction to Mathematical Analysis (MAT 395)
  • Three additional mid/upper level electives (MAT 200+)
  • Two additional upper level electives (MAT 5XX)

B.S. statistics concentration

  • Calculus I-IV (MAT 191, 292, 293, 394)
  • Introduction to Computer Science (CS 130)
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistical Inference (STA 290)
  • Statistical Methods (STA 291)
  • Statistical Inference (STA 352)
  • Elementary Linear Algebra (MAT 310)
  • Four additional mid/upper level electives (STA 300+)
  • One additional upper level electives (STA 5XX)

B.A.-H.S.

  • Calculus I-IV (MAT 191, 292, 293, 394)
  • Discrete Mathematical Structures (MAT 253)
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistical Inference (STA 290)
  • Elementary Linear Algebra (MAT 310)
  • Introduction to Abstract Algebra (MAT 311)
  • Axiomatic Foundations of Geometry (MAT 330)
  • Ordinary Differential Equations (MAT 390)
  • Introduction to Mathematical Analysis (MAT 395)
  • Foundations of Mathematics for Teaching I, II (MAT 405, 406)
  • One additional upper level elective (MAT 5XX)

B.A.

  • Calculus I-IV (MAT 191, 292, 293, 394)
  • Discrete Mathematical Structures (MAT 253)
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistical Inference (STA 290)
  • Elementary Linear Algebra (MAT 310)
  • Introduction to Abstract Algebra (MAT 311)
  • Ordinary Differential Equations (MAT 390)
  • Introduction to Mathematical Analysis (MAT 395)
  • One additional upper level elective (MAT 5XX)

Mathematics Minor

  • Calculus I, II (MAT 191, 292)
  • Elementary Linear Algebra or Introduction to Discrete Mathematics(MAT 310 or MAT 353)
  • Six additional hours in mid/upper level MAT/STA/CSC courses that count for the major

Statistics Minor

  • Introduction to Probability and Statistical Inference (STA 290)
  • Statistical Methods (STA 291)
  • Three additional mid/upper level electives (STA 300+)