MSCS Majors


Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Mathematics is the abstract study of number, pattern, quantity, systems, and space, as well as the language of science and all fields in which patterns and systematic processes are analyzed. Taking courses in the mathematical sciences helps students learn to conceptualize abstract structures and provides them with the framework and analytical tools necessary for understanding our technology-based and data-intensive society. The MATH major prepares students for graduate study in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, and mathematical computer science. Both the MATH major and minor sequences help prepare students for a wide range of opportunities in the natural sciences, social sciences, business, finance, and government; for professional schools, such as law school; and for almost any job or career in which strong analytical and communication skills are valued.

MSCS General Advising Guide
Information on what you need to know about getting started as an MSCS major and working toward graduation.
A helpful list of required courses in the Math major.
LAS Graduation Requirements
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Plan of Study
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Mathematics Major Requirements

Course Hours Prerequisites and Advice
MATH 180, 181, 210
Calculus I, II, III
11 C or higher in each to continue
MATH 215
Intro to Adv Math
3 C or higher in MATH 181
MATH 300
Writing in Mathematics
C or higher in MATH 210
Open only to declared majors
Math 313
Analysis I
3 C or higher in Math 210 and 215
Math 320
Linear Algebra I
3 C or higher in Math 210 and 215
Math 330
Abstract Algebra
3 C or higher in Math 320
Electives chosen from MATH, STAT, and
MCS courses numbered 200 or higher,
except MATH 310.
At least six hours must be
at the 400 level.
15 Some suggested elective options are shown below

Suggested Elective Options

Pure Mathematics:
MATH 410 (Advanced Calculus I), MATH 414 (Analysis II), MATH 417 (Complex Analysis), MATH 425 (Linear Algebra II), MATH 430 (Logic), MATH 431 (Algebra II), MATH 442 (Curves and Surfaces), MATH 435 (Foundations of Number Theory), MATH 445 (Topology I), MATH 446 (Topology II), MATH 494 (Special Topics in Mathematics);

MCS 421 (Combinatorics), MCS 423 (Graph Theory), MCS 425 (Codes and Cryptography), MCS 481 (Computational Geometry);

MTHT 510 (Introduction to Higher Geometry).

Applied Mathematics:
MATH 220 (Differential Equations), MATH 410 (Advanced Calculus I), MATH 417 (Complex Analysis), MATH 419 (Modeling), MATH 480 (Applied Differential Equations), and MATH 481 (Applied PDE).
Computational and Industrial Mathematics:
MCS 260 (Computer Science), MCS 320 (Symbolic Computation), MCS 471 (Numerical Analysis), MCS 472 (Industrial MATH), MCS 494 (Special Topics in Computer Science)
Probability and Statistics:
STAT 381 (Applied Statistics), STAT 401 (Probability), STAT 411 (Statistical Theory), STAT 461 (Probability Models), or any other 400-level STAT course.

The above options provide a guide to designing a program that is useful for graduate school or job placement. Students are not restricted in their choice of electives.

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