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B.S. in Mathematics

Program Chair: Christopher A. Lynch

Science, technology, and modern business methods have called attention to the importance of mathematics and computer science in the analysis and solution of problems that can be formulated quantitatively. A strong foundation in mathematics and computer science is a necessity for study in science, engineering, and business. The department serves all majors of the University by providing courses in mathematics, especially calculus, differential equations, and statistics.

The department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mathematics and a minor in Mathematics. The curricula are rigorous and demanding, but flexible enough to allow students to sample many disciplines or to focus on a special interest within the major or in other areas. Many students complete a double major. Graduates are hired by major corporations and government agencies; many continue their education in graduate programs. Students with suitable grades may receive accelerated admission to the graduate program and complete the M.S. in mathematics in one additional year.

Students in the BS program in mathematics should learn to

  • reason clearly, logically, and analytically;
  • demonstrate a solid understanding of the core material and a deeper understanding of at least one area of mathematics;
  • work effectively with standard mathematical software packages and write mathematical
    programs using a high-level computer language;
  • apply mathematical knowledge to solve real-world, open-ended problems;
  • read mathematical texts and literature and write mathematical proofs;
  • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; and
  • work effectively both individually and in teams.
The first four semesters are dedicated to science, liberal arts, and in department courses in calculus, differential equations, foundations, linear algebra, statistics, and programming. In the last four semesters, all majors take a semester of analysis and other courses as required by the mathematics or statistics option within the department.

 Requirements

 
Credit Hours
 Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science*
48
 Science
11
 Clarkson Common Experience
21
 Free Liberal Arts Electives
 6
 Free Electives**
33
 First-Year Seminar
 1
 
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120

* Some mathematics and computer science courses are specified requirements; others may be chosen from approved lists for the math and statistics options. Consult the department for details.

** Up to 12 credit hours of advanced (300- or 400-level) coursework in Aerospace Studies or Military Science may count toward graduation requirements. Aerospace Studies or Military Science credits at the 100 and 200 levels do not apply toward the required 120 hours.

 Curriculum
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FIRST YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
MA131 Calculus
3
  MA132 Calculus II
3
CS141 Intro. to Computer
  PH132 Physics II
4
  Science I
4
  MA200 Math Modeling &  
UNIV190 Clarkson Seminar
3
    Software
3
PH131 Physics I
4
    Free Elective
FY100 First-Year Seminar
1
    (CS142 recommended)
3
   
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    KA Elective
3
   
15
     
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16
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SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
MA211 Foundations
3
  MA231 Calculus III
3
MA232 Differential Equations
3
  MA339 Applied Linear Algebra
3
  Science Elective
3
  STAT383 Applied Statistics I
3
  UC/KA
3
    KA Elective
3
  Free Elective
3
    Free Elective
3
   
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15
     
15
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JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
MA321 Advanced Calculus I
3
  MA 322 Adv. Calculus II or
MA311 or MA 313
3
    MA314
3
  KA Elective
3
    MA/STAT/CS Elective
3
  Free Electives
6
    KA Elective/UC
3
 MA499  Professional Experience
0
    Free Electives
6
   
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15
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SENIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
MA451/453 Math Res. on Inst.
1-3
    MA/STAT/CS Elective
3
  MA/STAT/CS Course
3
    MA/STAT Elective
3
  Free Electives
9
    Free Liberal Arts Elect.
3
   
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    Free Electives
6
   
13-15
     
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15

Students in the Class of 2010 and later — see academic requirements for details of the Clarkson Common Experience including the First-Year Seminar, the Clarkson Seminar, Knowledge Area (KA) courses, University Courses (UC), and related requirements.

Mathematics Courses
Not all courses are offered each year or each semester (see annual Courses publication).

MA131 Calculus I MA403 Directed Study in Analysis
MA132 Calculus II MA405 Directed Study in Applied
MA180 Introduction to College   Mathematics
  Mathematics* MA407 Directed Study in Numerical
MA181 Basic Calculus*   Analysis
MA200 Intro to Math Modeling MA/STAT409 Directed Study in Probability
  and Software   and Statistics
MA211 Foundations MA421 Seminar in Mathematics
MA230 3-D Space and Projective MA431 Mathematics Course Assistance
  Geometry MA451 Intro to Mathematical Research
MA231 Calculus III MA453 Intro to Mathematics Instruction
MA232 Elementary Differential Equations MA456 Cryptography
MA239 Elementary Linear Algebra* STAT488 Statistics Project
MA277 Introduction to Computational MA497 Undergraduate Research
  Science* MA499 Professional Experience
STAT282 General Statistics* MA511 Algebraic Structures
MA300 Seminar in Actuarial MA514 Sets and Topology
  Mathematics MA521 Classical Complex Analysis
MA311 Abstract Algebra MA522 Classical Real Analysis
MA313 Abstract Linear Algebra MA525 Functional Analysis
MA314 Number Theory and Its MA531 Initial and Boundary
  Applications   Value Problems
MA321 Advanced Calculus I MA562 Complex Analysis with
MA322 Advanced Calculus II   Applications
MA330 Advanced Engineering Math. MA563 Applied Dynamical Systems
MA331 Fourier Series and Boundary MA570 Fundamentals of Scientific
  Value Problems   Computation
MA332 Intermediate Differential MA571 Numerical Solution of
  Equations   Differential Equations
MA339 Applied Linear Algebra MA572 Finite Element Methods
MA346 Applied Algebra and Discrete   (ME515, CE538)
  Structures MA573 Matrix Theory and
MA347 Applied Algebra and Discrete   Computations
  Structures II MA578 Numerical Analysis I
MA351 Actuarial Studies MA579 Intro to Applied Optimization
MA362 Complex Analysis with MA580 Intro to Monte Carol Simulation
  Applications MA/STAT581 Probability
MA363 Mathematical Modeling STAT582 Mathematical Statistics I
MA377 Numerical Methods STAT584 Advanced Applied Statistics
MA/STAT381 Probability MA585 Time Series and Forecasting
STAT382 Mathematical Statistics I MA701 Directed Study in Mathematics
STAT383 Applied Statistics I MA703 Directed Study in Analysis
STAT384 Applied Statistics II MA705 Directed Study in Applied Math.
MA400 Undergraduate Seminar MA707 Directed Study in Numerical
MA401 Directed Study in   Analysis
  Mathematics MA/STAT709 Directed Study in Probability
      and Statistics
    MA711 Directed Study in Discrete Math.

*MA180, 181, 239, 277, 282 may not be used to count towards a mathematics major.