Feb 09, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Mathematics, BS

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Mathematics and Computer Science

It is the purpose of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department to prepare our students for success in an increasingly technological and competitive global society. Engaging abstract and real-life mathematics and computer science problems using a hands-on approach, our students realize an appreciation for the power, orderliness of thought, and precision of expression in mathematics, and develop skills essential for quantitative analysis in other fields of study. In addition to offering majors and minors in mathematics and computer science, the department offers service courses to meet the needs of a diverse student population. Students develop algebraic skills necessary for success in a variety of increasingly quantitative majors such as criminal justice and psychology. The Mathematics General Education Requirement (GER) and other service courses meet the needs of students in such majors as Management Science, Elementary Education, English, nursing, and social science. Through this broad spectrum of courses, the department seeks to provide educational access and diverse opportunities for all students. Faculty members are strongly committed to excellence in teaching and availability to students outside of class time for tutoring and advisement.

The Mathematics Major prepares students for:

  • The study of Mathematics on the graduate level;
  • Employment in business, government, or industry;
  • Teaching Mathematics at the secondary level;
  • Study in subject areas requiring a strong Mathematics background, such as chemistry, economics, engineering, operations research, and actuarial science.

Within the Mathematics Major the student has a choice of two programs:

  • Liberal Arts, and
  • Mathematics Secondary Education.

The Computer Science Major is intended to provide students with the knowledge, aptitudes, and skills required for successful employment in computer-related fields, and for the study of computer science on the graduate level. Our program emphasizes software development; web programming, and GUI programming for PCs and mainframes. While our base language is Java, students study Visual Basic, C++, and various scripting languages. They also get well-rounded exposure to various non-programming aspects of computer science with courses in database theory, computer networks, operating systems, and computer graphics. Both majors provide opportunities for students to pursue for-credit internships and engage in one-on-one, directed undergraduate research with faculty mentors.

Although there are no specific requirements for admission to the major, prospective mathematics majors who do not complete Calculus I (MATH 201 ) with at least a C within two attempts and prospective computer science majors who do not complete Computer Science I (COSC 220 ) with at least a C within two attempts will be required to change to another major.

Students who are interested in our majors or minors should see the department chairperson as soon as possible to declare the major and be assigned an advisor. As many of our courses have prerequisites, it is necessary to start course work in the major as early as possible.

General Education Requirements in Mathematics

The General Education Requirements of the University include three semester credit hours in Mathematics, excluding credits earned for MATH 97 and MATH 98. Each entering student (except those transferring a college-level Mathematics course) is required to take a Mathematics placement exam. The student’s achievement level on this exam and his/her high school Mathematics records are used to place the student in MATH 97, MATH 98, or a course to satisfy the General Education Requirement.

Depending on the student’s major academic program, s/he must complete one of the following courses to satisfy the General Education Requirement.


Any Mathematics course for which MATH 131  is a prerequisite.

Each student should consult his/her major academic advisor determine which course to take from the above list in order to satisfy the Mathematics General Education Requirement.

Department/School Requirement

For other departments and schools, the chart below is provided only as a guide.

Applied Psychology

Criminal Justice



Liberal Arts


Social Sciences

Social Work

Sports Management

Urban Arts Production

Course Prerequisites

Science, prerequisites are specified. It is department policy that these prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or better. Some major Mathematics and Computer Science courses are offered once a year. The semester in which these courses are offered is provided in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog and on the website of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department.

Level I (Freshman)

Level II (Sophomore)

Total Semester Credits: 17

Spring Semester

Total Semester Credits: 16

Level III (Junior)

Fall Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15

Spring Semester

Total Semester Credits: 16

Level IV (Senior)

Fall Semester

Total Semester Credits: 16

Spring Semester

  • MATH 405 - Real Analysis 3 Credit(s)
  • MATH 405 - Senior Seminar 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective 3 Credit(s)

Total Semester Credits: 15

Total Credits: 127

*General Education Requirement

**University Graduation Requirement

Major Course

Or any 2 part 200 level History or any ENGL 200 level or above

BIOL 101  or BIOL 107  or CHEM 101  or PHSC 101  or PHSC 103  

PHIL 103  or PHIL 102  

† or IDIS 103  or any Foreign Language or ART 105  or MUSC 201  or DANC 226  or THEA 211  

‡ or any 3 credit Health course, or SPCH 202  or SPCH 204  or GEOG 102  

General Elective - any University course

Program Elective - any non-required course within the discipline

NOTE: Please consult a program advisor to discuss course options.

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