Undergraduate Program

Faculty: Dr. Stuart Anderson • Mrs. Laura Beene • Dr. Thomas Boucher • Mr. Adam Bowden • Dr. Mehmet Celik • Dr. Hasan Coskun • Dr. Rebecca Dibbs • Mr. John Heath • Dr. Vanessa Huse • Dr. Minchul Kang • Ms. Hanan Kuzat • Ms. Debra Newton • Dr. Yelin Ou • Dr. Padmapani Seneviratne • Dr. Nikolay Sirakov • Mrs. Rebecca Steward • Dr. Ka Sai Un • Dr. Tingxiu Wang (Department Head) • Dr. Pamela Webster

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The Department of Mathematics offers the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in mathematics. This major prepares graduates for careers in industry, government, business, scientific and technological fields, computing and information science, actuarial work, and education.

The Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in mathematics with teacher certification is also offered by the department. A student may select a broadfield major or select a field outside mathematics as a minor. This major prepares graduates for careers in teaching at the secondary level.

A graduate with a major in mathematics should possess the following competencies: trigonometry, calculus, discrete mathematics, geometry, abstract or linear algebra, history of mathematics, and number theory.


Major in Mathematics

Students seeking a bachelor's degree in the following major must complete:

  1. Degree requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree.
  2. Core Curriculum requirements (refer to those sections of the university catalog).
  3. Courses in the major as shown below.

Core Curriculum Requirements – 42 credit hours

Required courses in the major – 30 credit hours:

  • Math 2413, 2414, 2415, 332, 333, 334, 402, 403  
  • Math 436, 438, or 440

Plus, four elective classes from the following list – 12 credit hours:

  • Math 316, 317, 321, 325, 326, 426, 436, 437, 438, 440

Required support courses - 20 credit hours:

  • Math 2305
  • Math 2318
  • Math 2320
  • COSC 1436 *
  • COSC 1337 or 2325 or 2336 *
  • PHYS 2425 or 2426 *

*These courses may apply on a second major or minor.

Additional Electives, including a minimum of 6 advanced hours (Minor/Second Major) – 16 credit hour

Suggested Curriculum Outline (B.S.)

First Year – Fall Semester First Year – Spring Semester
English 1301 College Reading and Writing (Core) 3 English 1302 Written Argument and Research (Core) 3
Math 2413 Calculus I 4 Math 2414 Calculus II 4
Phys 2425 University Physics 4 Life & Physical Science (Core) – Phys 2426 Recommended 4
COSC 1436 Intro to Comp Sci and Programming 4 COSC 1337 or 2325 or 2336 3
Signature Course (Core)   3
Semester Total 15 Semester Total 17
Second Year – Fall Semester Second Year – Spring Semester
Psci 2301 Principles of US & TX Government (Core) 3 Psci 2302 US and TX Government (Core) 3
Hist 1301 US History through Reconstruction (Core) 3 Hist 1302 US History from Reconstruction (Core) 3
Math 2305 Discrete Mathematics 3 Math 2318 Linear Algebra 3
Math 2320 Differential Equations 3 Math 332 Methods of Mathematical Proofs 3
Math 2415 Calculus III 4 Degree Pathway (Core) 3
Semester Total 16 Semester Total 15
Third Year – Fall Semester Third Year – Spring Semester
Math 333 Advanced Linear Algebra 3 Math 334 Intro to Abstract Algebra 3
Math 402 Intro to Mathematical Probability 3 Math 403 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics 3
Minor or Second Major 3 Math Elective * 3
Creative Arts (Core) 3 Minor, or Second Major 3
Social and Behavioral Science (Core) 3 Language, Philosophy & Culture (Core) 3
Semester Total 15 Semester Total 15
Fourth Year – Fall Semester Fourth Year – Spring Semester
Math 436 or 438 or 440 3 Math Elective * 3
Math Elective * 3 Math Elective * 3
Math Elective *, or Minor or Second Major 3 Minor or Second Major 3
Minor or Second Major 3 Minor or Second Major 3
Minor or Second Major 3
Semester Total 15 Semester Total 12

* Choose from Math 316, 317, 321, 325, 326, 426, 436, 437, 438, 440 (Please check the schedule to see when each is offered)

Total Credit hours: 123

Notes:

  • Math Electives: Choose Math 316, 317, 321, 325, 326, 426, 436, 437, 438, 440, or Math 489/497 approved by the Math Dept.
  • All courses listed under “required courses for this major” require a grade of C or better.
  • The major GPA consists of only the “required courses in the major”. Details can be found at http://catalog.tamuc.edu/undergrad.
  • Some courses are also offered during the Summer and Mini Terms, please refer to the Schedule of Classes
  • This is only a suggested rotation. Please refer to your Academic Advisor and the Undergraduate Online Catalog.
  • For questions, please contact tingxiu.wang@tamuc.edu

Second Major in Mathematics

A student who elects a minor in mathematics must complete a minimum of 30 sh including:

  • Mathematics 2413, 2414, and 2415
  • 6 hours from Math 2305, 2318, and 2320
  • 12 hours from Math 317, 321, 325, 326, 332, 333, 334, 402, 403, 426, 436, 437, 438, 440

Selection of courses should be determined by the student's interests. Please consult mathematics staff members for advice. Mathematics 301, 350, 351, 361, 362, 372, 380, 453, and 460 may not be used to satisfy mathematics requirements for a major or minor in non-education programs.

Minor in Mathematics

A student who elects a minor in mathematics must complete a minimum of 24 sh including:

  • Mathematics 2413, 2414, and 2415
  • Six hours from Math 2305, 2318, and 2320
  • Six hours from Math 314, 317, 321, 325, 326, 332, 333, 334, 402, 403, 426, 436, 437, 438, 440

Mathematics 301, 350, 351, 361, 362, 372, 380, 453, and 460 may not be used to satisfy mathematics requirements for a major or minor in non-education programs.

Teacher Education Programs

Students seeking a bachelor's degree in any of the following teacher education programs must complete:

  1. Degree requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree (refer to the bachelor's degree requirements section of this catalog),
  2. Core Curriculum requirements, (refer to that section of this catalog),
  3. Requirements for admission to and retention in the Teacher Education Program (refer to the Center for Educator Certification and Academic Services section of the catalog),
  4. Professional development courses (refer to the appropriate departmental section in this catalog, i.e. Department of Curriculum and Instruction). In addition, courses in the major must be completed as shown below.

Major in Mathematics

Secondary Teacher Certification

Core Curriculum Requirements – 42 credit hours.

Required mathematics courses in this major - 31 credit hours:

Math 2413^, 2414, 321, 332, 334, 372, 402, 426, 437, 460, and 3 hours from 403 or 453

Math Electives – 9 credit hours from:

Math 2415, 317, 325, 326, 333, 436, 438, 440

Required support courses - 16 credit hours *

  • 6 hours from Math 2305, 2318, and 2320
  • PSY 300
  • PHYS 2425^ or 2426^
  • COSC 1436
  • 3 hours from COSC 1337, 2325, or 2336

Required teacher education courses in this major - 24 credit hours:

  • SED 330, 331, 332, 400, 401, 404, 405
  • RDG 380

^ Applies to Core Curriculum Requirements
* These courses may apply on a second major or minor.


Suggested Curriculum Outline (B.S.)

First Year – Fall Semester First Year – Spring Semester
English 1301 College Reading and Writing (Core) 3 English 1302 Written Argument and Research (Core) 3
Math 2413 Calculus I 4 Math 2414 Calculus II 4
Phys 2425 University Physics 4 Cosc 1436 Intro to Comp Sci and Programming 4
Language, Philosophy & Culture (Core) 3 Life & Physical Science (Core) 3
Creative Arts (Core) 3  Signature Course (Core)  3
Semester Total 17 Semester Total 17
Second Year – Fall Semester Second Year – Spring Semester
Psci 2301 Principles of US & TX Government (Core) 3 Psci 2302 US and TX Government (Core) 3
Hist 1301 US History through Reconstruction (Core) 3 Hist 1302 US History from Reconstruction (Core) 3
Math 2305 or 2320 3 Math 2305, or 2318, or 2320 3
Math 2415 (Elective – Required for Math 402) 4 Math 332 Methods of Mathematical Proof 3
Csci 1337 or 2325 or 2336 3 Math 372 Mathematical Structures and Applications 3
Semester Total 16 Semester Total 15
Third Year – Fall Semester Third Year – Spring Semester
Math 460 Math for Secondary Teachers 3 Math 334 Into to Abstract Algebra 3
Math 402 Intro to Mathematical Probability 3 Math 403 or Math 453 3
Math 426 History of Mathematics 3 Math 437 Number Theory 3
Psy 300 Learning Processes and Development 3 SED 331 Instruct. Design for Student Engage. in STEM 3
SED 330 Roles, Responsibilities of Prof. STEM Educators 3 Degree Pathway (Core) 3
Semester Total 15 Semester Total 15
Fourth Year – Fall Semester Fourth Year – Spring Semester
Math 321 College Geometry 3 RDG 380 Comprehension & Vocab. in Mid. & High School 3
Math Elective * 3 SED 400 Pedagogy & Classroom Manage. in Field Based… 3
Math Elective * 3 SED 401 Tech. Infused Curric. & Assess. In Field Based… 3
SED 332 Project Based Learning in STEM 3 SED 404 Secondary Teaching Practicum 3
Social and Behavioral Science (Core) 3 SED 405 Secondary Residency in Teaching 6
Semester Total 15 Semester Total 15

Total Credit hours: 125

* Choose from Math 316, 317, 321, 325, 326, 426, 436, 437, 438, 440 (Please check the schedule to see when each is offered)

Notes:

  • Math Electives: Choose from Math 2415, 317, 325, 326, 333, 436, 438, 440 or Math 489/497 approved by the Math Department. Watch the schedule to see when it is offered.
  • All courses listed under “required courses for this major” or “teacher education courses” require a grade of C or better.
  • Additionally, the major GPA consists of only the “required courses in the major”. Details can be found http://catalog.tamuc.edu/undergrad.
  • Some courses are also offered during the Summer and Mini Terms, please refer to the Schedule of Classes
  • This is only a suggested rotation. Please refer to your Academic Advisor and the Undergraduate Online Catalog for more information.
  • For questions, please contact tingxiu.wang@tamuc.edu

Specialization in Mathematics for Interdisciplinary Studies Major (4-8 Mathematics Teacher Certification)

Students desiring to teach in elementary school should select the interdisciplinary studies major with an academic specialization.

The programs are designed with emphasis on solving problems which arise from real life settings. The development of skills of mathematics and the correct application of mathematical principles and methods are essential to this process. This curriculum is planned with these objectives in mind.

Required courses in the specialization (18 credit hours)

Math 301, 361, 362, 372, 380 and 453

Other requirements

Refer to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction's section of the catalog.

Guide for Initial Enrollment in Mathematics

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has ruled that a mathematics course taught in a college or university may count toward the baccalaureate degree requirements only if it has a prerequisite of high school Algebra II. Generally, students not taking Algebra II high school will need remediation in college. A diagnostic test will be given to each entering student for initial placement in mathematics courses. (See "Basic Skills Requirements.")

Undergraduate Mathematics Courses

Note: For graduate courses, see Graduate Catalog.