undergraduate program

Basic Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematical Sciences

To qualify for any mathematical sciences degree the student must satisfy the general education requirements of the College of Humanities and Sciences and the University for a Bachelor of Science degree. The College and University requirements are described in the undergraduate bulletin and on the graduation worksheet. What follows are the mathematical sciences program requirements.

Science Requirement

Mathematical sciences majors must satisfy the following natural science requirements:

  • A. Complete one of the following sequences:
    • 1. BIOL 151-152, BIOZ 151L-152L
    • 2. CHEM 101-102, CHEZ 101L-102L
    • 3. PHYS 207-208 or PHYS 201-202
  • B. Complete another course, including laboratory, in the natural sciences from List D in the Undergraduate Bulletin. This course must be in the biological sciences if the CHEM or PHYS sequence was selected in (A) above; it must be in the physical sciences if the BIOL sequence was selected in (A).

  • C. Complete one other course in the natural sciences OR complete a minor or second major offered outside the mathematical sciences program.

The student may use these courses in fulfillment of the appropriate College of Humanities and Sciences general education requirements.

Writing Requirement

The general education requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree include the provision that each student must take ENGL 101 and ENGL 200, passing each with a grade of C or better, and complete two writing intensive (WI) courses, at least one of which must be in the student’s major.

Students in operations research and statistics should take OPER/STAT 490 – Communications in Statistics and Operations Research – to satisfy the in-major writing intensive requirement. This 2-credit course counts toward the minimum of 41 credits in mathematical sciences courses.

Mathematical Sciences Core

All students majoring in mathematical sciences are required to take at least 41 credits in courses labeled CMSC, MATH, OPER, or STAT. These must include at least 24 credits in upper-level (300-500 level) courses and the following core courses:

  • MATH 200-201 - Calculus with Analytic Geometry I, II
  • STAT 212 - Concepts of Statistics
  • MATH 307 - Multivariate Calculus
  • MATH 310 - Linear Algebra

Each student should discuss with his or her advisor the recommended courses for the freshman year. Since most upper-level mathematical science courses have one or more core courses as a prerequisite, these courses should be taken as early as possible. The mathematics placement test is a requirement to help determine this selection. Credit for 100-level mathematical sciences courses may not be applied toward the mathematical sciences credits required for the mathematical sciences major.

 

Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences/Operations Research

In addition to the core courses required for all B.S. degree programs in mathematical sciences, the following courses are required for the operations research concentration:

  • MATH 211 - Mathematical Structures
  • STAT 309 - Introduction to Probability Theory
  • OPER 527-528 - Mathematical Foundations of Operations Research I, II
  • OPER 327 - Mathematical Modeling or 
    STAT 503 - Introduction to Stochastic Processes
  • CMSC 255 - Structured Programming
  • OPER 490 - Communications in Statistics and Operations Research
  • four additional upper-level credits in the mathematical sciences

Students considering the program in operations research should take MATH 211 and STAT 309 as soon as possible. The four additional upper-level credits should be chosen to match one's interests.

 

Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences/Statistics

In addition to the core courses required for all B.S. degree programs in mathematical sciences, the following courses are required for the statistics concentration:

  • STAT 309 - Introduction to Probability Theory
  • STAT 314 - Applications of Statistics
  • STAT 404 - Introduction to Statistical Inference
  • STAT 544 - Statistical Methods II
  • CMSC 255 - Structured Programming
  • STAT 490 - Communications in Statistics and Operations Research
  • Six additional upper-level credits in mathematical sciences, of which at least three must be in statistics