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Mathematics

Mathematics is perhaps the most fundamental tool we have to describe the universe. Numbers, formulas, and algorithms help us understand the rules that govern the natural world by explaining everything from the massive scale of planetary motion down to the behavior of subatomic particles. They help us to predict how businesses will develop, allowing us to make stock market predictions. They quantify human behavior through the social sciences. They advance technology through their roles in computing and programming.

The mathematics major offers rigorous classes in calculus, algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, and complex variables, among other subjects. Through it, you’ll earn a broad and solid education that will help you understand the world through quantitative processes.

Key Personality Traits of Mathematicians:

Courses of study

Major in Mathematics : 38-39 credit hours

MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus
MATH 161 Calculus II: Integral Calculus
MATH 240 Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus
MATH 261 Calculus IV: Multivariable Calculus
MATH 322 Linear Algebra
MATH 361 Differential Equations
MATH 433 Probability and Mathematical Statistics II**
or MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics**
MATH 480 Senior Capstone
**Students interested in actuarial science must elect MATH 433

3 courses from:

MATH 320 History of Mathematics
MATH 330 Applied Regression Analysis
MATH 341 Modern Algebra
MATH 352 Elements of Geometry
MATH 371 Numerical Analysis
MATH 432 Probability and Mathematical Statistics I
MATH 460 Complex Variables
MATH 470 Intermediate Analysis
***For students pursuing secondary teaching licensure, the three courses must be MATH 320, MATH 352 and MATH 432
***Students interested in actuarial science should choose MATH 330, MATH 371 and MATH 432.
***Students with a double major in biochemistry, biology, business economics, chemistry, or finance and banking may reduce the requirement to one elective from the indicated group.

Recommended support work:

CMSC 181 Computer Science I
PHYS 211 General Physics I: Calculus Based
(Credit in these courses may not replace credit in the indicated mathematics courses.)
Note: Mathematics majors pursuing secondary teaching licensure are required to complete CMSC 181 Computer Science I as an additional requirement for licensure in mathematics.

Major in mathematics with teaching licensure (K-8): 33 credit hours

CMSC 160 Introduction to Computer Science or CMSC 200 Computer Science I
MATH 130 Mathematical Ideas for the Liberal Arts
MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus
MATH 161 Calculus II: Integral Calculus
MATH 240 Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus
MATH 320 History of Mathematics
MATH 352 Elements of Geometry
MATH 480 Senior Capstone
Plus requirements for elementary education and education core

Major in mathematics with teaching licensure (5-12): 41-42 credit hours

CMSC 181 Computer Science I
MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus
MATH 161 Calculus II: Integral Calculus
MATH 240 Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus
MATH 261 Calculus IV: Multivariable Calculus
MATH 320 History of Mathematics
MATH 322 Linear Algebra
MATH 352 Elements of Geometry
MATH 361 Differential Equations
MATH 432 Probability and Mathematical Statistics I
MATH 433 Probability and Mathematical Statistics II or MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
MATH 480 Senior Capstone
Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Minor in Mathematics : 20 credit hours

MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus
MATH 161 Calculus II: Integral Calculus
MATH 240 Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus
MATH 261 Calculus IV: Multivariable Calculus
MATH 361 Differential Equations

Minor in mathematics with teaching Licensure (K-8): 27 credit hours

CMSC 160 Introduction to Computer Science or CMSC 200 Computer Science I
MATH 130 Mathematical Ideas for the Liberal Arts
MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus
MATH 161 Calculus II: Integral Calculus
MATH 240 Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus
MATH 352 Elements of Geometry
Plus requirements for elementary education and education core

Minor in mathematics with teaching Licensure (5-12): 29 credit hours

CMSC 160 Introduction to Computer Science or CMSC 200 Computer Science I
MATH 130 Mathematical Ideas for the Liberal Arts
MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus
MATH 161 Calculus II: Integral Calculus
MATH 240 Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus
MATH 261 Calculus IV: Multivariable Calculus
MATH 322 Linear Algebra
MATH 352 Elements of Geometry
Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

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