Major in Mathematics


Mathematics, more than any other human endeavor, relies on deductive reasoning to produce new knowledge from the investigation of natural events, whether they occur in our immediate environment or in the immensity of space. It serves as a universal language which represents, interprets, and integrates all such knowledge.

The subject of mathematics is divided into algebra, geometry, analysis, and probability. Some of the concepts of each of these subdivisions are particularly useful in helping to discuss or solve problems in other fields. These concepts are frequently called Applied Mathematics.

Requirements for a Major in Mathematics

36 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

All of the following:

MAT171 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4
MAT271 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4
MAT272 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 4
MAT275 Differential Equations 3
MAT280 Discrete Mathematics 3
MAT310 Probability and Statistics 3
MAT315 Linear Algebra 3
MAT320 Abstract Algebra 3
MAT340W Foundations of Geometry 3
MAT415 Real Analysis 3

One of the following:

CSC135 Computer Science I 3
CSC165 Computer Science II 3

Requirements for a Minor in Mathematics

20 hours of coursework in Mathematics numbered 171 or above, including at least six hours at the 300-level or higher

Requirements for a Major in Mathematics with Teacher Licensure

42 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

1. The Mathematics major outlined above

2. One additional course from the following:

PHS110 Introduction to Physical Science
PHS111 Introduction to Earth Science 4
or any PHY course

3. Plus Professional Education Course Requirements

For a list of these courses, please refer to the Education section of the catalog concerning requirements for certification in Secondary Education. To qualify for Student Teaching, a student must have a cumulative 2.50 GPA and a 2.75 GPA in the Mathematics major outlined above.

Requirements for a Middle Grades Mathematics Endorsement

24 hours of coursework

Please refer to the Education section of this catalog for a listing of specific courses required for the endorsement and for the Middle Grades Education major.