Department of Mathematics

Objectives

The undergraduate programs in Mathematics have the following objectives:

  1. Students in algebra courses develop the algebra skills needed in later courses.
  2. Students in general education courses gain an understanding of mathematics as a language in which to express, define, and answer questions about the world.
  3. Students in courses that serve the sciences and engineering, particularly calculus and linear algebra courses, develop technical skills, learn to apply mathematical tools, and develop an understanding of the mathematical basis for those tools.
  4. Students in statistics courses develop an understanding of the basic concepts of probability and statistics and learn how to use statistical tools in real-life problems.
  5. Education students with a mathematics teaching major or minor gain a basic understanding of several areas of mathematics, develop a sense for exploring mathematics, and learn to read, write, and present mathematics.
  6. Mathematics majors become acquainted with the major branches of the discipline; learn to read and write mathematics; and develop the mathematical skills and general knowledge necessary for employment or for graduate work in mathematics or other fields.

Mathematics Core

All bachelor degrees offered in the Department of Mathematics have a common core consisting of the following six courses:

CS 1181Computer Sci and Programming I 13
MATH 1170Calculus I4
MATH 1175Calculus II4
MATH 2275Calculus III4
MATH 2240Linear Algebra3
MATH 3326Elementary Analysis3
Total Hours21

1

The two courses, ME 1165, Structured Programming, and ME 2266, Symbolic Programming, may be substituted for CS 1181.

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

The Bachelor of Science program in Mathematics is designed to prepare students to take positions in industry, to pursue graduate training, or to enter the teaching profession. It allows some flexibility in course work which necessitates close cooperation with a mathematics department advisor who should be selected early in the student’s career. 

Students must fulfill the university's General Education Requirements (a minimum of 36 credits--see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Information section of this catalog).

Required Courses:

Math Core (See above) 21
MATH 2287Foundations of Mathematics3
MATH 3360Differential Equations3
MATH 4407Modern Algebra I3
MATH 4423Intro to Real Analysis I3
Plus ONE of the following courses: 3
Vector Analysis
Modern Geometry I
Introduction to Probability
Intro to Complex Variables
Plus 12 more credits of 4000-level mathematics coursework, which includes completing two of the following sequences:12
Modern Algebra I
   and Modern Algebra II
Intro to Real Analysis I
   and Intro to Real Analysis II
Intro to Numerical Analysis I
   and Intro to Numerical Analysis II
Mathematical Statistics I
   and Mathematical Statistics II

Bachelor of Science in Statistics

The Bachelor of Science program in Statistics is designed to prepare students to take positions in industry or pursue graduate training.

Students must fulfill the university's General Education Requirements (a minimum of 36 credits--see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Information section of this catalog.)

Required Courses (39 credits):

Mathematics Core (Shown above) 21
MATH 3350Statistical Methods3
MATH 3352Introduction to Probability3
MATH 4450
  & MATH 4451
Mathematical Statistics I
   and Mathematical Statistics II
6
MATH 4457Applied Regression Analysis3
MATH 4458Experimental Design3
Additional Courses (9 credits):
A student must take 9 additional credits from the following list to complete the degree. With departmental approval, 3 of the 9 credits may be completed by taking an appropriate advanced course (4000-level) in another field such as Biology, Economics, etc.9
Differential Equations
Advanced Linear Algebra
Intro to Real Analysis I
Intro to Real Analysis II
Intro to Numerical Analysis I
Intro to Numerical Analysis II
Topics in Statistics 1
Applied Multivariate Analysis

1

This is a 1-3 credit course, repeated for up to 3 credits.

Associate of Science in Mathematics

Students seeking an Associate of Science degree in Mathematics must complete the following:

General Education Objectives for the Bachelor of Science (minimum 36 cr) 1
One of the two tracks described below. Track A is designed to provide the student with a broad overview of basic topics in mathematics. Track B is designed to provide the student with lower-division coursework generally expected for a major or minor in mathematics.
Track A
MATH 1123Mathematics in Modern Society3
MATH 1127The Language of Mathematics3
MATH 1130Finite Mathematics3
MATH 1144Trigonometry 22
MATH 1160Applied Calculus3
MATH 1153Introduction to Statistics3
CS 1181Computer Sci and Programming I3
Track B
CS 1181Computer Sci and Programming I3
MATH 1170Calculus I4
MATH 1175Calculus II4
MATH 2275Calculus III4
MATH 2287Foundations of Mathematics3
Approved MATH electives3
Electives to bring total to 64 credits

1

The number of credits required for the General Education requirements varies depending on the student's performance on proficiency or placement tests in English, foreign languages, and mathematics. 

2

MATH 1144 may be waived given a sufficient score on the Mathematics Placement Exam or the Mathematics Sub-Test of the ACT or SAT.


Minor in Applied Mathematics

Mathematics Core (See above) 21
MATH 3360Differential Equations3
Select ONE of the following: 3
Introduction to Probability
Advanced Engineering Math I
Intro to Numerical Analysis I
Partial Differential Equations

Minor in Mathematics

Mathematics Core (See above) 21
Select TWO of the following: 6
Vector Analysis
Modern Geometry I
Introduction to Probability
Differential Equations
Intro to Complex Variables
Modern Algebra I
Modern Algebra II
Intro to Real Analysis I
Intro to Real Analysis II
Modern Geometry II
Introduction to Topology

Minor in Statistics

Required Courses (27 credits):

Mathematics Core (See above) 21
MATH 3350Statistical Methods3
MATH 3352Introduction to Probability3
Select ONE of the following: 3
Mathematical Statistics I
Mathematical Statistics II
Topics in Statistics 1
Applied Regression Analysis
Experimental Design
Applied Multivariate Analysis
Total Hours30

1

This is a 1-3 credit course, repeated for up to 3 credits

Mathematics Courses

All mathematics courses except MATH 0015 have prerequisites. Students place into a course either by completing the prerequisite courses with a grade of C- or better (S in MATH 0015 and MATH 0025) or by achieving appropriate scores on the ACT Mathematics exam, SAT Mathematics exam, or the Compass Mathematics Placement Exam. For placement purposes, prerequisite coursework or placement examinations must have been taken within the last seven years. See the Mathematics Department for further information.

Students must pass a mathematics course with a grade of C- or better before using that course as a prerequisite for another mathematics course.

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Courses

MATH 0015 Arithmetic/Pre-algebra: 3 semester hours.

Arithmetic of integers and rational numbers. Decimals; introduction to variables; linear equations; problems involving rates, ratios, proportions and percentages. Graded S/U. Equivalent to TGE 0100M. Not eligible for academic credit. F, S

MATH 0025 Elementary Algebra: 3 semester hours.

Variables and algebraic expressions. Absolute value; linear equations and inequalities and their applications; expansion and factorization of polynomials; rational expressions; radical expressions; the real number line; the Cartesian coordinate system and graphing of linear equations. Graded S/U. PREREQ: S in MATH 0015, a Math ACT score of 16 or higher, an SAT score of 390 or higher, or 46 or higher on the Pre-algebra section (MAPL 1). F, S, Su

MATH 1108 Intermediate Algebra: 3 semester hours.

Topics in algebra, with an emphasis on solving equations and inequalities. Systems of linear equations; quadratic equations and the quadratic formula; polynomial, absolute value, rational, and radical equations and inequalities. Radical and rational exponents. Parabolas, distance formula and circles. PREREQ: S in MATH 0025, a Math ACT score of 19, an SAT score of 460, or 45 on the algebra section (MAPL 2). F, S, Su

MATH 1123 Mathematics in Modern Society: 3 semester hours.

Survey of applications of mathematics to real-world problems. Topics from graph theory, management science, political science, statistics, geometry, and computer science. PREREQ: MATH 0025. Satisfies Objective 3 of the General Education Requirements. F, S, Su

MATH 1127 The Language of Mathematics: 3 semester hours.

Introduction to the precise language used throughout mathematics. Development of skills including reading with comprehension, expressing mathematical thoughts clearly, reasoning logically, and employing common patterns of mathematical thought. PREREQ: MATH 025. Satisfies Objective 3 of the General Education Requirements. S

MATH 1130 Finite Mathematics: 3 semester hours.

Introduction to probability, linear systems, inequalities, and linear programming. Applications directed to non-physical science areas. PREREQ: MATH 1108. Satisfies Objective 3 of the General Education Requirements. F, S

MATH 1143 College Algebra: 3 semester hours.

Functions and their graphs. Notation, domain, range, composition, and inverses. Basic transformations of graphs. Polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions and their graphs, with applications. Theory of polynomial functions and equations. PREREQ: MATH 1108. F, S, Su

MATH 1144 Trigonometry: 2 semester hours.

Circular functions and right triangle approaches to trigonometry. Graphs of trigonometric functions: amplitude, frequency, phase shift. Trigonometric identities, inverse functions, and equations. Introduction to vectors in the plane, polar coordinates, and polar representation of complex numbers. PREREQ: MATH 1143. F, S, Su

MATH 1147 Precalculus: 5 semester hours.

A single one-semester course equivalent to College Algebra (MATH 1143) plus Trigonometry (MATH 1144). Credit cannot be granted in both MATH 1143 and MATH 1147, or in both MATH 1144 and MATH 1147. PREREQ: MATH 1108. F, S

MATH 1153 Introduction to Statistics: 3 semester hours.

Descriptive statistics, probability, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing for one and two parameters. Emphasis on applications to a wide variety of disciplines. PREREQ: MATH 1108. Satisfies Objective 3 of General Education Requirements. F, S, Su

MATH 1160 Applied Calculus: 3 semester hours.

Course in differential and integral calculus designed primarily for students in biological sciences, social sciences, business, education, and humanities. Credit cannot be granted in both MATH 1160 and MATH 1170. PREREQ: MATH 1143 or MATH 1147. Satisfies Objective 3 of the General Education Requirements. F, S, Su

MATH 1170 Calculus I: 4 semester hours.

First course in the sequence 1170, 1175, 2275. Real-valued functions of one real variable: limits, continuity, derivatives, integrals, applications. Credit cannot be granted in both MATH 1160 and MATH 1170. PREREQ: MATH 1144 or MATH 1147. Satisfies Objective 3 of the General Education Requirements. F, S, Su

MATH 1175 Calculus II: 4 semester hours.

Second course in the sequence 1170, 1175, 2275. Techniques of integration, trigonometric integrals, improper integrals. Applications of definite integrals. Sequences and series. Parametric curves in the plane, polar coordinates. PREREQ: MATH 1170. F, S, Su

MATH 1187 Applied Discrete Structures: 3 semester hours.

Discrete structures in CS and EE. Boolean algebra and logic; sets, functions, and relations; iteration, recursion, and induction; algorithms; programming in pseudocode; basic counting principles; graphs and trees; and other selected topics from discrete mathematics. Equivalent to CS 1187. PREREQ: CS 1181. S

MATH 2240 Linear Algebra: 3 semester hours.

Introduction to linear algebra. Linear systems, matrices, determinants, vector spaces, linear transformations, linear independence, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, orthogonalization. PREREQ: MATH 1170. F, S, Su

MATH 2256 Structure of Arith for El Ed: 3 semester hours.

Development of number systems. Emphasis on principles, representations, and concept development. For elementary education majors. Satisfies Objective 3 of the General Education Requirements. PREREQ: MATH 1143. F

MATH 2257 Structure Geo and Prob El Ed: 3 semester hours.

Topics from geometry, probability, and statistics. Emphasis on principles, representations, and concept development. For elementary education majors. Satisfies Objective 3 of the General Education Requirements. PREREQ: MATH 1143. S

MATH 2275 Calculus III: 4 semester hours.

Third course in the sequence 1170, 1175, 2275. Multivariable calculus. Vector algebra and geometry. Functions of several variables. Differentiation. Optimization. Multiple Integrals. Parametric curves and surfaces. Line and surface integrals. Vector fields. Green's, Stokes', and divergence theorems. PREREQ: MATH 1175. F, S

MATH 2287 Foundations of Mathematics: 3 semester hours.

Logic and proofs, sets, functions, relations, mathematical induction, and the cardinality of sets. PREREQ: MATH 1170. D

MATH 3326 Elementary Analysis: 3 semester hours.

A beginning course in analysis on the real line. Proof writing and the underlying logic are emphasized throughout the course. Topics include sets and functions, sequences, convergence, limits, continuity, and infinite series. PREREQ: MATH 1175 and either MATH 2240 or MATH 2287. F, S

MATH 3327 Vector Analysis: 3 semester hours.

Calculus of vector functions of several variables, derivative matrix, chain rule, inverse function theorem, multiple integration. Change of variables. Integrals over curves and surfaces. Green's, Stokes' and divergence theorems. Applications to physics. MATH 2275. F

MATH 3343 Modern Geometry I: 3 semester hours.

Planar Euclidian geometry. Rigid motions and symmetry in the plane. PREREQ: MATH 224O or MATH 2287. F

MATH 3350 Statistical Methods: 3 semester hours.

A calculus-based introduction to statistical procedures, including simple regression, basic experimental design, and non-parametric methods. PREREQ: MATH 1160 or MATH 1170. F, S

MATH 3352 Introduction to Probability: 3 semester hours.

Fundamentals of probability, discrete and continuous random variables, distributions such as binomial, uniform, Poisson, hypergeometric, normal, gamma; expectation; joint, marginal, conditional distributions; central limit theorem; applications to statistics. Emphasizes material needed to develop statistical inference methods. PREREQ: MATH 1175 or permission of instructor. F, S

MATH 3355 Operations Research: 3 semester hours.

Deterministic problems in operations research oriented towards business. Includes linear programming, transportation problems, network analysis, PERT, dynamic programming, and elementary game theory. PREREQ: MATH 1130 or MATH 2240, or permission of instructor. AF

MATH 3356 Operations Research II: 3 semester hours.

Probabilistic models oriented towards business are treated. Selections from stochastic processes, Markov chains, queuing theory, inventory theory, reliability, decision analysis and simulation. PREREQ: MATH 3355. AS

MATH 3360 Differential Equations: 3 semester hours.

Theory and applications of ordinary differential equations. PREREQ: MATH 1175; MATH 2275 recommended. F, S

MATH 3362 Intro to Complex Variables: 3 semester hours.

Introduction to the study of functions of a complex variable including the algebra and geometry of complex numbers, analytic functions, power series, integral theorems, and applications. PREREQ: MATH 2275. D

MATH 4403 Survey Combinator Graph Theory: 3 semester hours.

Enumeration techniques, including generating functions. Applications. Introductory graph theory. PREREQ: MATH 1175 and MATH 2240. D

MATH 4404 Topics Combinator Graph Theory: 3 semester hours.

Continuation of MATH 4403. Application of algebraic, analytic, and/or probabilistic methods to combinatorial, graph-theoretic, and algorithmic problems. PREREQ: MATH 4403 or permission of instructor. D

MATH 4406 Advanced Linear Algebra: 3 semester hours.

Advanced linear algebra with a strong emphasis on proof. Real and complex vector spaces, linear transformations, polynomials associated to matrices, determinants, canonical forms, inner product spaces. PREREQ: MATH 2240. S

MATH 4407 Modern Algebra I: 3 semester hours.

Rings, fields, groups, algebras, and selected topics in abstract algebra. PREREQ: MATH 2240 and MATH 2287. F

MATH 4408 Modern Algebra II: 3 semester hours.

Rings, fields, groups, algebras, and selected topics in abstract algebra. PREREQ: MATH 4407. S

MATH 4421 Advanced Engineering Math I: 3 semester hours.

Analysis of complex linear and nonlinear engineering systems using advanced techniques, including Laplace transforms, Fourier series and classical partial differential equations. PREREQ: MATH 3360. F

MATH 4422 Advanced Engineering Math II: 3 semester hours.

Analysis of complex linear and nonlinear engineering systems using advanced techniques, including probability and statistics, advanced numerical methods and variational calculus. PREREQ: MATH 4421. S

MATH 4423 Intro to Real Analysis I: 3 semester hours.

The real number system, limits, sequences, series and convergence; metric spaces; completeness; and selected topics on measure and integration theory. PREREQ: MATH 2240, MATH 3326, and MATH 3360. F

MATH 4424 Intro to Real Analysis II: 3 semester hours.

The real number system, limits, sequences, series and convergence; metric spaces; completeness; and selected topics on measure and integration theory. PREREQ: MATH 4423. S

MATH 4435 Elementary Number Theory: 3 semester hours.

Diophantine equations, prime number theorems, residue systems, theorems of Fermat and Wilson, and continued fractions. PREREQ: MATH 4407. D

MATH 4441 Intro to Numerical Analysis I: 3 semester hours.

Introduction to numerical techniques for solving problems dealing with nonlinear equations, systems of linear equations, differential equations, interpolation, numerical integration, and differentiation. PREREQ: MATH 2240, MATH 3326, and MATH 3360 or permission of instructor. F

MATH 4442 Intro to Numerical Analysis II: 3 semester hours.

Extension of MATH 4441 for students who wish to pursue more advanced techniques with emphasis on analysis. Typical topics covered include numerical methods applied to partial differential equations, integral equations, and in-depth treatment of topics covered in MATH 4441. PREREQ: MATH 4441. S

MATH 4444 Modern Geometry II: 3 semester hours.

Transformation groups. Topics from hyperbolic, projective, and other geometries. S

MATH 4450 Mathematical Statistics I: 3 semester hours.

Probability, random variables, discrete and continuous distributions, order statistics, limit theorems, point and interval estimation, uniformly most powerful tests, likelihood ratio tests, chi-square and F tests, nonparametric tests. PREREQ: MATH 3326 and MATH 3352. F

MATH 4451 Mathematical Statistics II: 3 semester hours.

Probability, random variables, discrete and continuous distributions, order statistics, limit theorems, point and interval estimation, uniformly most powerful tests, likelihood ratio tests, chi-square and F tests, nonparametric tests. PREREQ: MATH 4450. S

MATH 4453 Topics in Statistics: 1-3 semester hour.

Content varies. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D

MATH 4457 Applied Regression Analysis: 3 semester hours.

Simple and multiple linear regression, polynomial regression, diagnostics, model selection, models with categorical variables. PREREQ: MATH 3350 or MATH 3352 or permission of instructor. D

MATH 4458 Experimental Design: 3 semester hours.

The linear model for experimental designs, analysis of variance and covariance, block designs, factorial designs, nested designs, choice of sample size. PREREQ: MATH 3350 or MATH 3352 or permission of instructor. D

MATH 4459 Applied Multivariate Analysis: 3 semester hours.

Matrix computation of summary statistics, graphical analysis of multivariate procedures, multivariate normal distribution, MANOVA, multivariate linear regression, principal components, factor analysis, canonical correlation analysis. PREREQ: MATH 2240 and one of the following: MATH 3350, MATH 4457, MATH 4458, or permission of instructor. D

MATH 4465 Partial Differential Equations: 3 semester hours.

Equations of the first and second orders, methods of solution, Laplace's Equation, heat equation, and wave equation. Emphasis on applications in physical sciences and engineering. PREREQ: MATH 2275 and MATH 3360. D

MATH 4473 Introduction to Topology: 3 semester hours.

Metric spaces; convergence; notions of continuity; connected, separable and compact spaces. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D

MATH 4481 Directed Readings and Problems: 1-3 semester hour.

Individual work under the direction of a professor. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. PREREQ: Senior or graduate student in good standing. D

MATH 4491 Mathematics Seminar: 1-3 semester hour.

Advanced reading and discussion on selected topics in mathematics. May be repeated. PREREQ: 90 credits or equivalent. D

MATH 4499 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hour.

This is an experimental course. The course title and number of credits are announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times with the same title and content

Faculty

Chair and Professor

Fisher

Assistant Chair and Professor

Laquer

Professors

Bosworth

Egger

Hanin

Kriloff

Palmer

Payne

Stowe

Wolper

Associate professors

S. Chen

Y. Chen

Derryberry

Gironella

Gryazin

W. Zhu

Assistant professor

Y. Zhu

Visiting Assistant Professor

Foster-Greenwood

Senior Lecturers

Walker

Yost

Associate Lecturers

Kress

Martin

Miller

Mills

Potter

Assistant Lecturers

Alexander

Bowen

Jones

Lundeen

Qu

Reed

Zhong

Part-time Adjunct Faculty

Barclay

Christensen

Dewey

Harmon

Judy

Larish

Mayes

Rude

Emeriti

Cresswell

Ford

L. Hill

R. Hill

Kratz

Lang

Parker