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BA/BS Mathematics

 

Requirements for a Mathematics Major Credits
Mth 251, 252, 253, 254: Calculus I-IV 16
Mth 256: Differential Equations 4
Mth 261: Introduction to Linear Algebra 4
Mth 311, 312: Advanced Calculus 8
Mth 344: Group Theory 4
One of the following: 3 - 4
      Mth 338: Modern College Geometry
      Mth 345: Ring and Field Theory
      Mth 346: Number Theory
      Mth 444: Advanced Linear/Multilinear Algebra
 
One approved two-term Mth or Stat sequence at 400-level** 6 - 7
Two additional approved 400-level Mth or Stat courses* 6 - 8
Two additional approved Mth or Stat elective courses* 6 - 8
Mth 271 (Computational Mathematics) or CS 161 (see an adviser for this option) 4

 

*Approved electives are:   

Mth 313, 322, 324, 338, 343, 345, 346, 356, 411, 412, 413, 420, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425, 427, 428, 430, 431, 432, 433, 434, 435, 436, 440, 441, 442, 443, 444, 445, 449, 451, 452, 453, 456, 457, 458, 461, 462, 470, 471, 472, 480, 481, 482, 483, 484, 485, 486, 487, 488;
Stat 451, 452, 461, 462, 464, 465, 466, 467, 468.

** Check with the department for the list of approved Mth or Stat sequences and for additional courses, including omnibus-numbered courses, which may be approved as electives.

 See an undergraduate adviser for additional omnibus-numbered courses which are approved electives.

All courses used to satisfy the departmental major requirements, whether taken in the department or elsewhere, must be graded  C-, P, or above, but no more than 4 courses graded P will count toward these requirements.

Transfer students majoring in mathematics are required to take a minimum of 15 credits of PSU upper division mathematics or statistics courses in residence.

In addition to the specific required courses listed above, the following options are intended to help the student plan a program of study with a specific goal or career in mind.

Option I - Applied Mathematics.  Recommended electives: Mth 322, 421, 422, 424, 425, 427, 428, 430, 451, 452, 457, 458, 470, 477, 478.

Option II - Graduate School Preparation.  Recommended electives: Mth 411, 412, 434, 435, 436, 441, 442.

Option III - Statistics.  Recommended electives:  Stat 461, 462, 464, 465, 466, 467, 468.

Option IV - High School Teaching.  Recommended electives: Mth 338, 346, 356, 486, 488; Stat 461, 462;  Psy 311; Ed 420.

Option V - Actuarial Sciences.  Recommended electives: CS 161; Mth 451, 452; Stat 461, 462, 464, 465, 466, 467, 468.

Students are urged to work with an adviser. There is much more to completing a degree in mathematics than simply meeting requirements. Students should be working with advisers who can give them help with particular areas of interest: applied mathematics, pure mathematics, preparation for specific kinds of graduate programs, statistics and actuarial science, secondary or post-secondary teaching.