BA - Program Requirements
Michael Ratliff, PhD, Chair, Division of Science
Fugitte Science Center, Room 212
John D. LaGrange, PhD, Program Coordinator
Fugitte Science Center, Room 112
Full-time program faculty: Bonnie Davenport, MA; D. Scott Dillery, PhD; John D. LaGrange, PhD; Michael Ratliff, PhD; Rickie Williams, MA
The mission of the Mathematics program is to prepare students: 1) to enter the work force in a mathematics-related position; 2) to enter graduate programs in mathematics; or 3) to teach secondary mathematics content (upon completion of teacher certification requirements).
Some courses taken for the major will simultaneously fulfill general education requirements. Please see the Graduation Requirements (bachelor’s degrees) section of this catalog for information on the general education program.
Students should note that the major provides fewer than the required 39 hours of 3000-4000 level coursework, therefore students will need to complete additional 3000-4000 level coursework to meet this requirement.
Program Requirements: 42-45 hours
Along with the general education program, students must complete the major’s prerequisites and its basic, foundational, and modeling program requirements. Students must also select program electives as indicated.
A. Prerequisites: 4-7 hours
- College Algebra (MATH 1013) is a prerequisite for MATH 1124 and MATH/PHYS/CIS 2713 unless waiver requirements are met – 3 hours
- Precalculus (MATH 1124) is a prerequisite for MATH 2315 and MATH 2503 – 4 hours
B. Core Requirements: 26 hours
- Analytic Geometry & Calculus I (MATH 2315) – 5 hours
- Analytic Geometry & Calculus II (MATH 2325) – 5 hours
- Discrete Mathematics (MATH 2503) – 3 hours
- Introduction to Computational Science (MATH/PHYS/CIS 2713) – 3 hours
- Linear Algebra (MATH 3003) – 3 hours
- Probability & Statistics (MATH 3203) – 3 hours
- Calculus III (MATH 3314) – 4 hours
C. Foundational Requirements (select one of the following): 3 hours*
- Abstract Algebra (MATH 4113) – 3 hours
- Number Theory (MATH 4203) – 3 hours
- Foundations of Analysis (MATH 4413) – 3 hours
D. Modeling Requirements (select one of the following): 3 hours*
- Differential Equations (MATH 3323) – 3 hours
- Engineering Mathematics (MATH/PHYS 4303) – 3 hours
- Mathematical Modeling (MATH 4403) – 3 hours
E. Program Electives (select from the following; no more than 3 one-hour courses may be selected): 6 hours*
- Mathematics & Technology (MATH 2301) – 1 hour
- Geometry (MATH 3113) – 3 hours
- History’s Great Problems (MATH 3121) – 1 hour
- History’s Great Mathematicians (MATH 3131) – 1 hour
- Mathematics Education I (MATH 3151) – 1 hour
- Mathematics Education II (MATH 3161) – 1 hour
- Topology (MATH 4123) – 3 hours
- Advanced Calculus (MATH 4513) – 3 hours
*A second course from Group C or Group D may count as an elective for Group E.
Note: Candidates seeking secondary certification must take MATH 3113 and either MATH 3151 or MATH 3161.
Recommended General Electives
It is strongly recommended that mathematics majors take at least two courses in a discipline with a wide variety of mathematical applications. These include:
- Introduction to Cellular Biology (BIOL 1204) and Introduction to Organismal Biology (BIOL 1214) – 8 hours
- General Chemistry I with Lab (CHEM 1214) and General Chemistry II with Lab (CHEM 1224) – 8 hours
- Microeconomics (ECON 2033) and Macroeconomics (ECON 2043) – 6 hours
- General Physics I (PHYS 2414) and General Physics II (PHYS 2424) – 8 hours
Secondary Education 8-12 Certification
Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics also have the option to concurrently complete the Secondary Education 8-12 program through the Education division. The program requires 42 hours of coursework in Education that includes a semester of student teaching. Interested students should contact Dr. Geralda Nelson, Secondary Education Coordinator, for Education program advising.