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.