# Undergraduate: Getting Started

## Degree Programs Overview

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers undergraduate programs leading to the BA with concentrations in mathematics and high school teaching licensure and the BS with concentrations in mathematics and statistics. The BA program is more flexible than the BS program. It allows one to specialize in mathematics and at the same time either to follow a broad liberal arts program or to specialize in a second area (possibly even taking a second major). The BS program is more technically oriented; it provides solid preparation for work or study in mathematics or a related field. Students wanting to go to graduate school are encouraged to consider the BS degree or the new Accelerated Degree Program (ADP) to earn a BS and MA in 5 years. Strong students can graduate with Disciplinary Honors. We also offer minors in mathematics and statistics.

Mathematics is an excellent major for the student whose immediate objective is to acquire a strong liberal arts education. The goal of all of the Department’s programs is to produce students who are both technically competent and sufficiently well grounded in theory that they can contribute to fundamental research in their chosen specialty. There are many opportunities for the undergraduate majors in the mathematics in industry, government, business, and secondary school teaching. Graduates may go on to work as an actuary with insurance companies; as a data analyst with pharmaceutical, biotechnology, or health care companies; as a quality assurance specialist with engineering companies; or in government agencies such as FDA, EPA or USDA where their main responsibility is to check compliance for quality specifications.

An undergraduate major in the mathematics also provides excellent preparation for graduate studies in many areas, including actuarial sciences, computer science, economics, engineering, law, mathematics, operations research, and statistics. The major can be specialized to allow preparation for any of these goals. See our Tracks page for some suggested coursework to begin down some of these paths and our Sample Schedules to see how these fit together with the overall plan of study.

### Requirements

The Undergraduate Bulletin should be consulted for detailed requirements, including the allowable electives. We outline the MAT/STA requirements here. The degree also requires 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level or above. See our Courses page for a brief description of the courses. See our Degree Requirements Details page for additional details about the requirements.

#### Accelerated Degree Program (ADP)

Apply during your junior year, and earn up to 12 hours credit toward a MA degree while you earn your BS. See our Accelerated Degree Program (ADP) page for details.

#### BS Mathematics Concentration

- One year sequence with labs in Physics with Calculus, Chemistry, or Biology.
- Calculus I-IV (MAT 191, 292, 293, 394)
- Discrete Mathematical Structures (MAT 253)
- Introduction to Probability and Statistical Inference (STA 290)
- Elementary Linear Algebra (MAT 310)
- Introduction to Abstract Algebra (MAT 311) [Writing Intensive]
- Ordinary Differential Equations (MAT 390)
- Introduction to Mathematical Analysis (MAT 395)
- Three additional mid/upper level electives (chosen from a list including MAT, STA, and CSC options)
- Senior Seminar in Mathematics (MAT 490) [Speaking Intensive]
- One upper level analysis (MAT 522, MAT 525, or MAT 540)
- One upper level algebra or topology (MAT 514, MAT 516, or MAT 519)

#### BS Statistics Concentration

- Calculus I-IV (MAT 191, 292, 293, 394)
- Introduction to Computer Science (CSC 130)
- Introduction to Probability and Statistical Inference (STA 290)
- Statistical Methods (STA 301)
- Statistical Inference (STA 352)
- Elementary Linear Algebra (MAT 310)
- Four additional mid/upper level electives (chosen from a list of STA, MAT or CSC options)
- Senior Seminar in Mathematics (MAT 490) [Speaking Intensive]
- One additional upper level electives (500-level STA course)

#### BA Mathematics Concentration

- Calculus I-IV (MAT 191, 292, 293, 394)
- Discrete Mathematical Structures (MAT 253)
- Introduction to Probability and Statistical Inference (STA 290)
- Elementary Linear Algebra (MAT 310)
- Introduction to Abstract Algebra (MAT 311) [Writing Intensive]
- Ordinary Differential Equations (MAT 390)
- Introduction to Mathematical Analysis (MAT 395)
- One additional upper level elective (MAT 514 or above)
- Senior Seminar in Mathematics (MAT 490) [Speaking Intensive]

#### BA High School Teaching Licensure Concentration

- Calculus I-IV (MAT 191, 292, 293, 394)
- Discrete Mathematical Structures (MAT 253)
- Introduction to Probability and Statistical Inference (STA 290)
- Elementary Linear Algebra (MAT 310)
- Introduction to Abstract Algebra (MAT 311) [Writing Intensive]
- Introduction to Mathematical Analysis (MAT 395)
- Senior Seminar in Mathematics (MAT 490) [Speaking Intensive]
- One additional upper level elective (MAT 514 or above)
- Axiomatic Foundations of Geometry (MAT 330)
- Foundations of Mathematics for Teaching I, II (MAT 405, 406) .
- Assessment I-III (ERM 401/402/403 or ERM 405)
- Educational Psychology for Secondary Grades (TED 444)
- Human Diversity, Teaching, and Learning (TED 445)
- Literacy in the Content Area (TED 535)
- Student Teaching and Seminar—Secondary Mathematics (MAT 465)