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Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics Major, BS


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Program Description

 

The mathematics major program prepares students for graduate school, professional school, and mathematics-related careers. There are two are pathways offered, general mathematics or mathematics with a concentration in statistics. Careers in mathematics include operations research analyst, statistician, mathematics teacher, actuary, physician research scientist, computer scientist, inventory strategist; staff systems air traffic control analyst, cryptologist, attorney, economist, mathematics professor, environmental mathematician, robotics engineer, geophysical mathematician, design, ecologist, and geodesist. Courses leading to licensure in secondary education in mathematics are offered through the education department.

 

 

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  1. the ability to use mathematics as a technical tool;
  2. the skills to solve problems, think critically, and communicate mathematically;
  3. the ability to use technology, such as graphing calculators and computers, in mathematics applications.

Major Requirements

 

The major requires a minimum of 51 semester hours (SH) of mathematics courses for the general mathematics curriculum and 60 SH for the mathematics with a concentration in statistics curriculum.  Of these, 39 hours are Core requirements; 12 hours can be selected from among other mathematics courses; and an additional 9 hours are in the statistics concentration. Mathematics majors are also required to complete 6 SH of computer programming and 8 SH of physics. The physics courses may be taken as part of the general education requirements. Student must earn a grade of at least C in all mathematics courses taken for the major.

In the case of a student transferring from an accredited college or university, the final 30 hours of general mathematics requirements for the mathematics major should be completed at WSSU.

A student who holds a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and seeks a second degree in mathematics must complete the following requirements:

a.    Complete or receive transfer credit for only those general education courses that are listed as general graduation requirements for the mathematics major.

b.    Complete or receive transfer credit for the mathematics and computer science courses required in the major.

c.    Complete the final 30 semester hours of general mathematics requirements for the mathematics major at Winston-Salem State University.

 

Major Courses General Mathematics

 

Mathematics Core (39 Semester Hours)

 

MAT 2317 Calculus I

MAT 2318 Calculus II

MAT 2316 Linear Algebra

MAT 2321 Foundations of Modern Mathematics

MAT 3316 Calculus III

MAT 3317 Calculus IV

MAT 3341 Algebraic Structures I

MAT 43XX Algebraic Structures II

MAT 4311 Real Variables I

MAT 4313 Real Variables II

MAT 4301 Differential Equations

MAT 4315 Advanced Calculus

MAT 4356 Mathematical Statistics I

 

Mathematics Major Electives (12 Semester Hours)

 

Choose 12 hours from among the following courses. 

 

MAT 3312 Biostatistics

MAT 3320 Introduction to Number Theory

MAT 3326 Geometry

MAT 3340 Introduction to Numerical Analysis

MAT 3350 Linear Programming

MAT 33xx Introduction to Biomathematics

MAT 4302 Differential Equations II

MAT 4304 History of Mathematics

MAT 4312 Topology

MAT 4315 Advanced Calculus

MAT 4332 Introduction to Statistical Methods

MAT 4333 Methods of Regression/Analysis of Variance

MAT 4355 Operations Research

MAT 4357 Mathematical Statistics II

MAT 43XX Topics in Biomathematics

 

 

Concentration in Statistics (9 Semester Hours)

In addition to the Core requirements the concentration in Statistics requires the following courses

 

MAT 3312 Biostatistics

MAT 4333 Methods of Regression/Analysis of Variance

MAT 4357 Mathematical Statistics II

 

 

Co-Requisite Courses for Mathematics Majors

 

CSC 1310 Computer Programming I

CSC 1311 Computer Programming II

PHY 3331 Principles of Physics I

PHY 3131 Principles of Physics I Laboratory

PHY 3332 Principles of Physics II

PHY 3132 Principles of Physics II Laboratory

 

Course Notes

 

Students wishing to major in mathematics, who are not prepared to enter MAT 2317 Calculus I, should begin the appropriate mathematics sequence as part of the general education curriculum.

 

Majors may, through the department chair, petition for an examination to be exempted from a non-laboratory mathematics course. A student must present sufficient documentation to support the petition. Proficiency exams are administered during the final examination period only. Credit, but no grade, will be granted for courses that the department determines may be bypassed as a result of exemption by the examination.

 

Major Course Sequence

It is suggested that the courses for the major in mathematics should be taken in the following sequence.

 

MAT 2317 Calculus I

MAT 2318 Calculus II

MAT 2321 Foundations of Mathematics

MAT 3316 Calculus III

CSC 1310 Computer Programming I

CSC 1311 Computer Programming II

MAT 2316 Linear Algebra

MAT 3317 Calculus IV

PHY 3331 Principles of Physics I

PHY 3131 Principles of Physics I Laboratory

MAT 3341 Algebraic Structures I

MAT 4356 Mathematical Statistics I

PHY 3332 Principles of Physics II

PHY 3132 Principles of Physics II Laboratory

MAT 43XX Algebraic Structures II

MAT 4301 Differential Equations

MAT 4311 Real Variables I

MAT 4387 Senior Seminar I

MAT 4313 Real Variables II

MAT 4388 Senior Seminar II

 

 

Minor Requirements

 

Mathematics Minor

 

Objectives:

 

1.    To develop problem solving, critical thinking, and communication abilities.

2.    To provide the basic mathematical foundation for futher study in mathematics and related fields;

3.    To prepare minors for career requiring a high degree of mathematical proficiency.

 

Course Requirements:

 

A program of study for the mathematics minor requires a minimum of 18 semester hours of mathematics, beginning with Calculus I. In addition to Calculus I, students are required to complete Calculus II, Calculus III, Linear Algebra, and six hours of mathematics courses at the sophomore level or higher with a grade of C or higher. MAT 2326 and MAT 2333 do not satisfy the requirements for the mathematics minor. The courses required of mathematics minors are as follows:

 

MAT 2317 Calculus I

MAT 2318 Calculus II

MAT 3316 Calculus III

MAT 2316 Linear Algebra

MAT x3xx Mathematics Elective (sophomore, junior, or senior level)

MAT x3xx Mathematics Elective (sophomore, junior, or senior level)

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