The mission of the Department of Mathematics is to provide each student with mathematical skills needed to function and solve problems in a variety of fields as well as to produce graduates majoring in mathematics who can go on to complete higher degrees in mathematics, and/or purse successful careers in government, industry, or teaching.
The minimum mathematics required of all entering freshman is MATH 107. In certain instances, it may be determined that a student has the necessary background to begin mathematics studies in a course above MATH 107. This may mean that a student need not take the MATH 107. Under these circumstances, the student must consult his/her departmental advisors concerning replacing the credit hours with other courses. The courses used for replacing these credit hours must come from the natural science division, that is, from biology, chemistry, physics, or mathematics. If a mathematics course is used for replacing credit hours, then it must be one that is considered to be at a higher level than MATH 107. Also, a mathematics course(s) used for replacement credits must be at a higher level than the mathematics courses required in the major.
The Department of Mathematics offers a curriculum which leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. The objective of this curriculum is to prepare students for graduate studies in Mathematics, Computer Science and related fields, and for a career in government, industry or teaching. In the mathematics curriculum, students are required to take thirty-two hours of mathematics exclusive of the general education mathematics requirements. A minimum grade of “C” is required in each of these mathematics courses. Electives could include courses in computer science, statistics, and applied mathematics. (All electives must be approved by the department.) Mathematics majors are strongly encouraged to take courses in physics as part or all of the natural science requirement.