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Mathematics Major, Computational Mathematics

In order to meet the needs of our present-day computer-oriented society, the Mathematics Department presently offers an alternative to the mathematics major program of study: a Computational Mathematics Program leading to the BS degree in Mathematics. This program requires a core of computer related courses and emphasizes the applied mathematics areas more than the mathematics program. This program allows the student a large choice of electives within the context of computational/applied mathematics. The student can thus pursue his or her special interests in any particular phase of computational mathematics.

The program has virtually the same freshman and sophomore year requirements as the other programs in mathematics, computer and information science, computer engineering and electrical engineering. This allows a student to find his or her interests and make a final choice from among these programs before the end of the second year while remaining on track to earn the degree in four years.

A BS degree in Mathematics (COMP) allows the student to enter graduate programs that specialize in computer-oriented mathematics or enter industrial employment where physical and industrial problems are analyzed mathematically.

The program offers a large choice of electives within the context of computational/applied mathematics. The student can thus pursue his or her special interests in any particular phase of computational mathematics.

Requirements

First Year: 32 credits

Math - Fourteen (14) credits required.

  • MTH 111 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
  • MTH 112 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
  • MTH 181 - Introduction to Discrete Structures I
  • MTH 182 - Introduction to Discrete Structures II

English - Six (6) credits required.

  • ENL 101 - Critical Writing and Reading I
  • ENL 102 - Critical Writing and Reading II

Humanities/Social Science Electives - Twelve (12) credits required.

Second Year: 30 credits

Math - Ten (10) credits required.

  • MTH 211 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus III
  • MTH 212 - Differential Equations I
  • MTH 221 - Linear Algebra

Programming intensive courses - Nine (9) credits required

  • MTH 204 - Experiments in Computational Mathematics
  • MTH 280 - Introduction to Scientific Programming
  • CIS 115 - Programming in C (or CIS 180 - Object-Oriented Programming I or CIS 241 Fortran Programming)

Physics - Eight (8) credits required.

  • PHY 113 - Classical Physics I
  • PHY 114 - Classical Physics II

Humanities/Social Science Electives - Three (3) credits required.

Third Year: 30 credits

Math - Nine (9) credits required.

  • MTH 353 - Applied Linear Algebra
  • MTH 361 - Numerical Analysis I
  • MTH 362 - Numerical Analysis II

Science Electives - Six (6) credits required.*

Humanities/Social Science Electives - Three (3) credits required.

Literature - Six (6) credits required.

Electives - Six (6) credits required of Free Electives.

Fourth Year: 27 credits

Math - Nine (9) credits required.

  • MTH 331 - Probability
  • MTH 332 - Mathematical Statistics
  • MTH 471 - Partial Differential Equations

Computational Mathematics Elective - Three (3) credits required from the following:

  • MTH 472 - Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
  • MTH 473 - Numerical Linear Algebra
  • MTH 474 - Numerical Optimization

Technical Electives - Six (6) credits required.**

Electives - Twelve (12) credits of Free Electives.

Total Credits: 122

Notes

* The Science Elective is defined as any course in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Medical Laboratory Science which is accepted for credit by majors in those programs.

** The Technical Elective is defined as any upper-division Mathematics or Computer and Information Science course.

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