Mar 28, 2020  
2019-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Mathematics, B.S.


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The B.S. degree is designed to give the student a broad knowledge of mathematics as well as a firm grasp on the application of mathematics to other disciplines. The most typical applications include computer science, statistics, actuarial science, physical and biological sciences, and teacher certification at the secondary level. Students take a significant number of upper level courses outside the mathematics department to strengthen their knowledge in one or more application disciplines.

To complete the degree a student must take all of the core courses and complete either a concentration or a general program of study which includes at least five courses at the 300 level or above of which at least two are at the 400 level along with either a minor, a major, or three allied electives.

Concentrations


Currently there are three pre-approved concentrations: applied math, secondary education certification, and statistics. The concentrations allow for a student to complete either a minor or second major in a related discipline or a series of allied electives to explore how mathematics can be applied to other disciplines.

Allied Electives

In general, allied electives are courses numbered 300 or above from ACC, BIO, CHM, CSC, CMPE, ECO, ESS, FIN, MAT, MIS, PHY, SCM, or SWE. Other courses will be considered by the department chair on a case-by-case basis. Students not in the Secondary Certification concentration must complete three allied electives, at least one of which must be from disciplines other than MAT. This requirement is waived for students completing a minor or second major.

Required Computer Science (3-4 crs.)


B.S. without concentration (24 - 32 crs.)


  • MAT3xx or 4xx elective
  • MAT3xx or 4xx elective
  • MAT3xx or 4xx elective
  • MAT4xx elective
  • MAT4xx elective
  • Three-Allied-Electives

Three Allied Electives may be replaced by a minor/second major in any discipline.

Course Sequencing


The department maintains a suggested sequence for scheduling the required core math courses and the courses required by the various concentrations. To ensure graduating in four years, each student should take the courses in the semesters indicated on the departmental list. The list is available in the department office.

A typical first year sequence for all mathematics majors is given below:


General Education Requirements


Foundations (15-16 crs.)


Foundational courses coupled with other experiences provide students with their core First Year Experience, providing opportunities to develop the requisite quantitative, analytical, written communication, and oral communication skills needed to succeed while in college and throughout life after college. Five program goals express the purpose of these foundational courses and how they support student success.

Interconnections (9 crs.)


This curriculum will provide students with opportunities to explore human behavior, social interactions, and global communities through humanities and the social and behavioral sciences. Open discourse about the causes and consequences of human behavior and thought, and the interconnectedness of societies revealed by examining traditions and structures, provides a pathway to mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse world.

Three program goals express what we will do for students. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish. Students must complete three (3) courses in this curriculum, with at least one (1) course being a diversity course ('D' rubric) and at least one (1) course being a global perspectives course ('G' rubric).

Citizenship & Responsibility (6 crs.)


This curriculum will provide students with opportunities to consider the function and development of institutions, as well as their own responsibilities in society. Tools for development of students as informed and responsible citizens can include study of principles and research in social science, analysis of the development of social and political systems and practices, application of critical analysis and reasoning, and contemplation of ethics and values. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish.

Students are required to complete two (2) courses (or their equivalents) in this curriculum, with no more than one (1) course being attributed with the same program goal.

Citizenship


Guide and prompt students to understand responsible citizenship through the development of ideas of citizenship and rights, how society protect or fails to protect basic rights, and avenues for individual or collective action.

Ethical Reasoning


Guide and prompt students to identify ethical theories or guidelines and apply appropriate ethical reasoning to reach conclusions and support moral judgments.

Natural World & Technology (9 crs.)


This curriculum will provide students the opportunity to learn how new knowledge is created by applying scientific principles and technology to address historical and contemporary questions. Two program goals express what we will do for students. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish.

Students must complete 3 courses in this curriculum, with at least two (2) courses (or their equivalents) involving the natural world ('N' rubric).

Creativity & Expression (6 crs.)


This part of the curriculum will provide students with opportunities to explore artistic and literary disciplines and their modes of expression, considering the processes by which artistic works are imagined and created as well as the analytical tools for describing and appraising works of art and literature. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish.

Students must complete two (2) courses (or their equivalents) in this curriculum, with one (1) course being a literature course ('L' rubric)and one course in either the arts or creativity ('A' or 'C' rubrics).

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