Mathematics Degree Requirements

2016 - 2017 Catalog

The Mathematics department has the following degrees:

Mathematics major leading to BA degree

A major in mathematics leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires the completion of at least 33 credits as follows:

  1. MATH 221, 222, 311, 312, 321, 322
  2. One course selected from BIOL 274; CHEM 260, 261; CSCI 211, 313; ECON 220, 301; ENGN 203; GEOL 250; MATH 270, 310, 333, 353; PHYS 112
  3. 12 additional credits selected from mathematics courses numbered above 300.

Additional courses required as prerequisites for completion of the above include MATH 101 and 102, or their equivalents; furthermore, the course selected to fulfill requirement 2 above may have prerequisites.

  1. Required courses:
    • MATH 221 - Multivariable Calculus

      FDR: SC
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall, Winter

      Motion in three dimensions, parametric curves, differential calculus of multivariable functions, multiple integrals, line integrals, and Green's Theorem.


    • MATH 222 - Linear Algebra

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall, Winter

      Introductory linear algebra: systems of linear equations, matrices and determinants, vector spaces over the reals, linear transformations, eigenvectors, and vector geometry.


    • MATH 311 - Real Analysis I

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall

      Basic properties of real numbers, elementary topology of the real line and Euclidean spaces, and continuity and differentiability of real-valued functions on Euclidean spaces.


    • MATH 312 - Real Analysis II

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter

      Riemann integration, nature and consequences of various types of convergence of sequences and series of functions, some special series, and related topics.


    • MATH 321 - Abstract Algebra I

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall

      Groups, including normal subgroups, quotient groups, permutation groups. Cauchy's theorem and Sylow's theorems.


    • MATH 322 - Abstract Algebra II

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter

      Rings, including ideals, quotient rings, Euclidean rings, polynomial rings. Fields of quotients of an integral domain. Further field theory as time permits.


  2. One course selected from
    • BIOL 274 - Structural Biology

      Credits: 4
      Planned Offering: No scheduled years

      This course covers: (a) the fundamental concepts of structural biology (chemical building blocks, structure, superstructure, folding. etc.); (b) software for visualization, visualization styles, publication quality images; (c) the hierarchical nature of biomacromolecular structure classification; (d) computational methods to evaluate and compare biomacromolecular structure; (e) inferring structure/function relationships from structure; and (f) computational prediction of protein structure from sequence. Laboratory course.


    • CHEM 261 - Physical Chemistry: Quantum & Computational Chemistry

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall 2017

      An introduction to quantum mechanics as it applies to atomic and molecular systems. The emphasis is placed on spectroscopic methods and the modern picture of chemical bonding and molecular structure. The accompanying lab focuses on computational methods to illustrate course topics. Laboratory course.


    • CSCI 211 - Algorithm Design and Analysis

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter

      Methods for designing efficient algorithms, including divide-and-conquer, dynamic programming, and greedy algorithms. Analysis of algorithms for correctness and estimating running time and space requirements. Topics include advanced data structures, graph theory, network flow, and computational intractability.


    • CSCI 313 - Theory of Computation

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter

      A study of the principles of computer science embodied in formal languages, automata, computability, and computational complexity. Topics include context-free grammars, Turing machines, and the halting problem.


    • ECON 220 - Mathematical Economics

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall or Winter

      An introduction to fundamental mathematical methods of economic analysis with a variety of applications from both microeconomics and macroeconomics. Topics covered include theory and applications of linear algebra, multivariable calculus, static optimization, and comparative statics. The course is highly recommended for anyone planning to undertake graduate studies in economics or a closely related field.


    • ENGN 203 - Mechanics I: Statics

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall

      The science of mechanics is used to study bodies in equilibrium under the action of external forces. Emphasis is on problem solving: trusses, frames and machines, centroids, area moments of inertia, beams, cables, and friction.


    • GEOL 250 - Structural Geology and Tectonics

      Credits: 4
      Planned Offering: Winter 2017

      Description and methods of analysis of large- and small-scale structural features of the Earth's crust. Topics also include the analysis of geometry, strain and stress as they relate to deformation in the earth. Rock mechanics, application of structural geology in environmental engineering and resource exploration, geometric and computational techniques used in structural analysis, interpretation of geologic maps, and the structural development of mountain systems are also covered. Laboratory course.


    • MATH 270 - Financial and Actuarial Mathematics

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter 2014 and alternate years

      Topics include the time value of money, the force of interest, annuities, yield rates, amortization schedules, bonds, contracts, options, swaps, and arbitrage. Equal emphasis is given to both the theoretical background and to the computational aspects of interest theory. This course helps prepare students for the Financial Mathematics actuary exam.


    • MATH 310 - Mathematical Statistics II

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter 2016 and alternate years

      Sampling distributions, point and interval estimation, testing hypotheses, regression and correlation, and analysis of variance.


    • MATH 333 - Partial Differential Equations

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter

      An introduction to the study of boundary value problems and partial differential equations. Topics include modeling heat and wave phenomena, Fourier series, separation of variables, and Bessel functions. Techniques employed are analytic, qualitative, and numerical.


    • MATH 353 - Numerical Analysis

      Credits: 4
      Planned Offering: Spring 2015 and alternate years

      Analysis, implementation, and applications of algorithms for solving equations, fitting curves, and numerical differentiation and integration. Theorems and proofs are complemented by hands-on programming exercises fostering a concrete understanding of accuracy, efficiency and stability, as well as an awareness of potential pitfalls in machine arithmetic. No previous programming experience is required.


    • PHYS 112 - General Physics II

      FDR: SL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter

      A continuation of PHYS 111. Topics include electricity and magnetism, optics, relativity, and quantum theory. This course must be taken simultaneously with PHYS 114.


  3. 12 additional credits selected from mathematics courses numbered above 300.

Mathematics major leading to BS degree

A major in mathematics leading to a Bachelor of Science degree requires the completion of at least 51 credits as follows:

  1. MATH 221, 222, 311, 312, 321, 322; PHYS 111, 112, 113, 114
  2. CSCI 111 or 121
  3. 15 additional credits selected from mathematics courses numbered above 300
  4. Six additional credits selected from courses in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics (numbered 200 and above), and physics, except courses excluded from degree programs in those subjects.

Additional courses required as prerequisites for completion of the above include MATH 101 and 102 or their equivalents.

  1. Required courses:
    • MATH 221 - Multivariable Calculus

      FDR: SC
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall, Winter

      Motion in three dimensions, parametric curves, differential calculus of multivariable functions, multiple integrals, line integrals, and Green's Theorem.


    • MATH 222 - Linear Algebra

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall, Winter

      Introductory linear algebra: systems of linear equations, matrices and determinants, vector spaces over the reals, linear transformations, eigenvectors, and vector geometry.


    • MATH 311 - Real Analysis I

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall

      Basic properties of real numbers, elementary topology of the real line and Euclidean spaces, and continuity and differentiability of real-valued functions on Euclidean spaces.


    • MATH 312 - Real Analysis II

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter

      Riemann integration, nature and consequences of various types of convergence of sequences and series of functions, some special series, and related topics.


    • MATH 321 - Abstract Algebra I

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall

      Groups, including normal subgroups, quotient groups, permutation groups. Cauchy's theorem and Sylow's theorems.


    • MATH 322 - Abstract Algebra II

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter

      Rings, including ideals, quotient rings, Euclidean rings, polynomial rings. Fields of quotients of an integral domain. Further field theory as time permits.


    • PHYS 111 - General Physics I

      FDR: SL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall

      An introduction to classical mechanics and thermodynamics. Topics include Newton's laws, wave motion, and the laws of thermodynamics. This course must be taken simultaneously with Physics 113.


    • PHYS 112 - General Physics II

      FDR: SL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter

      A continuation of PHYS 111. Topics include electricity and magnetism, optics, relativity, and quantum theory. This course must be taken simultaneously with PHYS 114.


    • PHYS 113 - General Physics Laboratory I

      FDR: SL
      Credits: 1
      Planned Offering: Fall

      Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics.


    • PHYS 114 - General Physics Laboratory II

      FDR: SL
      Credits: 1
      Planned Offering: Winter

      Laboratory exercises in electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics.


  2. Take one of the following courses:
    • CSCI 111 - Fundamentals of Programming I

      FDR: FM
      Credits: 4
      Planned Offering: Fall, Winter

      A disciplined approach to programming with Python. Emphasis is on problem-solving methods, algorithm development, and object-oriented concepts. Lectures and formal laboratories.


    • CSCI 121 - Scientific Computing

      FDR: FM
      Credits: 4
      Planned Offering: Winter

      An introduction to computer programming for scientific applications and a survey of the main methodological areas of scientific computation. The course provides the tools needed for students to use computers effectively in scientific work, whether in physics, chemistry, mathematics, economics, biology, psychology, or any field involving quantitative work. Programming in Matlab, a scientific-computing software package, with a focus on topics relevant to students' major fields of study. Lectures and formal labs.


  3. 15 additional credits selected from mathematics courses numbered above 300
  4. Six additional credits selected from courses in
  5. biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics (numbered 200 and above), and physics, except courses excluded from degree programs in those subjects.