20202021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Mathematics, Computational Sciences Concentration, B.S.


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For students majoring in mathematics or physics, the Departments of Mathematics and Physics offer a coordinated sequence of courses that prepare students for careers in the rapidly expanding field of computer modeling of complex systems. This program is structured so that students can earn a major in one department and a minor in the other. Students need not decide on a major field until their junior year.
The computational sciences concentration will prepare students to design and use computer models in any of those areas in which applied mathematics is used to understand complex systems (meteorology, astronomy, geology/geophysics, oceanography, physics, etc.). The preparation is appropriate for both those students who plan to enter the work force after graduation and those who plan to enter graduate school in applied mathematics, physics, or one of the other fields mentioned above.
Students should complete the following courses during the first two years of the program:
During their junior and senior years, students will normally complete the necessary course work for their major and minor. Mathematics majors will take PHYS 340 . Mechanics, and MATH/PHYS 365, Introduction to Computational Fluid Mechanics, counted as a physics course to complete their physics minor. Physics majors will take MATH/PHYS 365 counted as a mathematics course and either MATH 337 . Methods of Applied Calculus, or MATH 440 . Fourier Analysis and Partial Differential Equation, to complete their mathematics minor. Seniors in either major must complete at least one topics or independent study/research course that involves computer modeling.
Credit by Examination
The Department of Mathematics offers credit by examination for some of the courses taught in the department. Students who want to take an examination must apply to the department head. Upon application students will receive details regarding approval to take the examination.

Required Courses
 General Education 41 Credit Hours ^{1, 2}
 Scientific Literacy requirement (in addition to General Education ) 34 Credit Hours
 University electives 3235 Credit Hours
 Major requirements (listed below) 4143 Credit Hours
Footnotes
^{1} MATH 231 or MATH 235 must be included and students seeking secondary teaching licensure must include PSYC 160 .
^{2} The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
Major Requirements
Mathematics requirements depend on whether or not the student is seeking secondary teaching licensure. All students must complete 2933 credit hours of the following required core mathematics courses and 12 credit hours of mathematics courses beyond the core.
Core Courses Required of All Majors
Choose one of the following:
Total: 2933 Credit Hours
Additional Requirements for Students Seeking Secondary Teaching Licensure
Students seeking secondary teaching licensure must (in addition to the required core courses):
 Complete the 2224 credit hours that comprise the preprofessional education program in secondary education.
 Complete 12 credit hours of mathematics courses:
Students seeking secondary teaching licensure earn the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree and then complete the Master of Arts in Teaching degree.
It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in preprofessional education courses. For a full description of the program in secondary education, refer to the College of Education , Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education, Department of .
Additional Requirements for Students Not Seeking Secondary Teaching Licensure
Students not seeking secondary teaching licensure track must complete (in addition to the required core courses) one of the following options, each consisting of 12 credit hours of mathematics courses:
The option chosen and the courses chosen to satisfy an option by a student are made in consultation with the student's adviser and are dependent upon the student's interests and career objectives. Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in mathematics are strongly urged to complete both MATH 411 and MATH 431 .
Recommended Schedule for Majors Seeking Secondary Licensure
Recommended Schedule for Majors Seeking Secondary Licensure
Choose two of the following: 6 Credit Hours
Fourth Year
 Preprofessional education requirements and General Education courses/electives 21 Credit Hours
Choose three from the following: 9 Credit Hours
Recommended Schedule for Majors Not Seeking Secondary Licensure
Recommended Schedule for Majors Not Seeking Secondary Licensure
Third Year
 General Education courses/electives 1821 Credit Hours
 Mathematics required or elective courses numbered MATH 310 or above 69 Credit Hours
Choose one of the following: 3 Credit Hours
Fourth Year
 Mathematics required or elective courses MATH 310 or above 69 Credit Hours
 Electives 1821 Credit Hours
Choose one of the following: 3 Credit Hours
