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Mathematics Major

The degree program requires a basic core of courses, but it also has the flexibility that allows students to pursue special areas of interest in mathematics.  The program is designed to provide a foundation for more advanced work  and/or a basis for employment in government, industry, or secondary education.

In addition to meeting the University degree requirements, the major in mathematics must complete the following requirements.

  • Mth 251, 252, 253 Calculus I, II, III
  • Mth 261, Introduction to Linear Algebra
  • Mth 254, Calculus IV
  • Mth 256, Differential Equations
  • Mth 271 or CS 161
  • Mth 311, 312, Advanced Calculus I, II
  • Mth 344, Group Theory
  • One of the following: Mth 338, Modern College Geometry, Mth 345, Ring and Field Theory, Mth 346, Number Theory, or Mth 444, Advanced Linear/Multilinear Algebra
  • One approved two-term 400-level Mth or Stat sequence
  • Two additional approved 400-level Mth or Stat courses
  • Two additional approved Mth or Stat courses

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.

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.