Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
MA/CS 116 Discrete Structures
4
 High School Algebra
N
Q
MA 130 Calculus I
4
 
N
QM
MA 160 Linear Algebra
3
MA 130
N
QM
MA 210 Foundations of Mathematics
3
MA/CS 116 or MA 160 or PL/MA 208  
CW
MA 220 Intro. to Probability & Statistics
4
MA 130
N
QS
MA 230 Calculus II
4
MA 130
N
QM
MA 235 Calculus III
4
MA 230
N
QM
CS 110 Computer Science I
3
 
N
 
MA 480 Mathematics Seminar I
1
At least junior standing, MA 160, MA 235 & MA 210
N
 

Total credit hours = 30

Students should complete the POE by including at least 18 upper-level credits (300- or 400-level) from the lists below, at least 12 of which must be mathematics (MA) credits.  Students must take at least one upper-level MA course (of at least 3 credits) with a prerequisite of MA 210, and at least one upper-level MA course (of at least 3 credits) without a prerequisite of MA 210.

Applied Mathematics: 
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
MA 303 Mathematical Modeling
3
MA 130 and some experience with programming
N
QM,CW
MA 321
Multivariate Statistics
3
(MA 220 or BI 305 or EB 211)
and
(MA 130 or MA 160)
N
QS
MA 322
Probability
3
MA 220 & MA 230
N
QM
MA 325 Statistical Consulting
3
MA 220 or BI 305 or EB 211
N
QS,CW
MA 335 Differential Equations
4
MA 235 or MA 233
N
QM
MA 340 Numerical Analysis
3
MA 130 & MA 160 & CS 110
N
QM
MA 399 Special Topics
3
varies with topic
N
 
Theoretical Mathematics
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
MA 316 Combinatorics
3
MA 116 or MA 210
N
QM
MA 322
Probability
3
MA 220 & MA 230
N
QM
MA 335 Differential Equations
4
MA 235 or MA 233
N
QM
MA 350 Topics in Geometry
3
MA/PL 208 or MA 210
N
 
MA 355 Nature of Mathematics
1
MA/PL 208 or MA 210; Corequisite: MA 350    
MA 360 Abstract Algebra
3
MA 160 & MA 210    
MA 365 Number Theory
3
MA 210
N
 
MA 370 Real Analysis
3
MA 210, MA 235
N
 
MA 375 Complex Analysis
3
MA 210 &, MA 235
N
 
MA 399 Special Topics
3
varies with topic
N
 
MA 485 Mathematics Research
3-5
MA 480
N
 
Courses from Other Departments
Courses marked with an *asterisk below are not upper-level courses. They are listed because they are prerequisites for actual upper-level courses that are listed.
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
CH 305 Physical Chemistry I  PC 203 & MA 230 
N
 
CH 306 Physical Chemistry II 
3
CH 305 
N
 
*CS 220 Computer Organization
4
CS 110
N
 
*CS 240 Computer Science II
3
CS 110 & MA 116 or MA 210
N
 
*CS 255C C++ Programming
2
CS 110 & sophomore standing & permission
N
 
CS 300 Software Engineering
3
CS 240
N
 
CS 315 Algorithms & Analysis
4
CS 240, MA 160 & MA 116
N
CW
CS 330 Computer Graphics
3
MA 160 & CS 240, coreq. CS 255C
N
 
CS 362 Languages & Translation
4
CS 220 & CS 240
N
 
CS 370 Database Management Systems
3
IT 210 or CS 240
N
 
CS 399 Special Topics
3
 
N
 
*EB 222 Principles of Macroeconomics
3
 
S
 
*EB 223 Principles of Microeconomics
3
sophomore standing
S
 
EB 320 Intermediate Microeconomics
3
EB 222 & EB 223
S
 
EB 321 Intermediate Macroeconomics
3
EB 222 & EB 223
S
 
EB 341 Product & Operations Management
3
EB 201 or permission
S
 
EB 463 Financial Markets & Institutions
3
EB 222
S, I
 
EB 465 Financial Theory and Analysis
3
EB 211 or MA 220 & EB 362
S
 
*PC 202 and PC 206  Introductory Physics I 
Physics Laboratory I 

Corequisite MA 130 & PC 206; Corequisite PC 202 

 
*PC 203 and PC 207  Introductory Physics II Physics Laboratory II 

MA 130 & PC 202; Corequisite PC 207 corequisite PC 203 

QM
PC 301  Theoretical Modern Physics 
MA 230 & PC 203; Corequisite MA 235 
 
PC 320  Engineering Mechanics I: Statics 
PC 202 or PC 204 
 
PC 321  Engineering Mechanics II: Dynamics 
PC 320 
 
PC 340  Math Methods in Physics 
PC 203 & MA 230 
 
PC 350  Thermodynamics 
MA 235 & PC 301 
 
PC 402  Quantum Mechanics 
MA 235 or PC 340 & CH 305 or PC 300 
 
PC 410  Mechanics 
PC 203 & PC 340 
 
PC 420  Electricity & Magnetism I 
PC 203; Corequisite PC 340 
 
PC 421  Electricity & Magnetism II 
PC 420 
 
PC 430  Optics
PC 300 or PC 301 
 

Total Credits = 48

Rationale

A program in mathematics can lay the foundation for a wide variety of careers, ranging from the very specific (actuarial science) to the very general (law). Training in mathematics develops problem solving and logical reasoning skills and a perspective to analyze, organize, and synthesize. These basic analytical tools can then be enhanced by adding appropriate technical skills.

The "core" of the Mathematics POE provides an introduction to the different conceptual and technical components of an undergraduate education in mathematics (i.e., discrete mathematics, calculus, probability and statistics, and computer programming). In addition, appropriate mathematical software is integrated throughout the program to facilitate the analysis of real world problems and the multirepresentational (i.e., graphical, numerical, and algebraic) approach to problem solving. One can then specialize in the direction of classical applied mathematics by pursuing physics and furthering the study of mathematical systems applicable to this field. Or one can move in the direction of theoretical mathematics by beginning the study of the theory behind algebra, geometry, calculus, probability and statistics, or even computer science. Beyond these more traditional options, one can also select a wide range of applications such as statistics, actuarial science, operations research, economics, computer science, or data science. The requisite skills that are relevant courses for these options vary considerably and should be chosen in close consultation with an appropriate advisor.

Normal Progression
  Fall Spring
Freshman Calculus I
Discrete Structures
Calculus II
Introduction to Probability & Statistics OR Linear Algebra
Sophomore Calculus III
Foundations of Mathematics
Introduction to Probability & Statistics OR Linear Algebra
Computer Science I
Junior Upper level
Upper level
Upper level
Upper level
Senior Mathematics Seminar I
Upper level
Upper level
(Research)
Late Progression
  Fall Spring
Freshman    
Sophomore Calculus I
Discrete Structures
Computer Science I
Calculus II
Introduction to Probability & Statistics
Linear Algebra
Junior Calculus III
Foundations of Mathematics
Upper level
Upper level
Senior Mathematics Seminar
Upper level
Upper level
Upper level
Upper level