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Undergraduate Programs

Dr. Stuart Anderson, Dr. Bill Aslan, Dr. Thomas Boucher, Dr. Hasan Coskun, Dr. Charles Dorsett, Dr. Eileen Faulkenberry, Mr. John Heath, Dr. Vanessa Huse, Ms. Debra Newton, Dr. Yelin Ou, Mr. Eric Pleasant, Mrs. Lymeda Singleton, Dr. Nikolay Sirakov, Dr. Ka Sai Un, Dr. Tingxiu Wang (Department Head), Dr. Pamela Webster

Binnion Hall, Room 305

903-886-5157

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. A graduate with a major in mathematics should possess the following competencies: calculus, discrete mathematics, and abstract algebra.

The Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in mathematics with teacher certification is 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.

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

(1) degree requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree and (2) University Studies requirements (refer to those sections of this catalog). In addition, courses in the major must be completed as shown below.

Major in Mathematics

Required courses in the major (36 semester hours)

Math  192,2413, 314, 331, 334, plus 18 sh (Adv) exclusive of 301,  350, 351, 361, 362, 380, 372, 453.

Required support courses (10 semester hours)*

CSci 151, 152 or 241 or 270; Phys 24254 or 24264

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

Suggested Curriculum Outline (B.S.)

Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior

Math 191, 192
Eng 101, 102
US Science, 4 sh
Hist 121, 122
Csci 151; 152 or
  241 or 270

Math 314, 331, 3 sh (Adv)
Psci 220, 221
US Humanities, 3 sh
US Vis/Perf Arts, 3 sh
US Soc/Behav Sci, 3 sh
Second Major/Minor, 3 sh
US PE Activity, 2 sh
Math 6 sh (Adv) excl. of:
  301, 310, 350
  351, 372, and 453
Spc 111 or 245, or 348
Electives, 11 sh
Second Major/Minor, 6 sh
Phys 211 or 212
Math 334 and 6 sh (Adv)
  excl. of: 301, 310,
  350, 351, 372, 453
Second Major/Minor 9 sh
Electives, 12 sh
30 sh 30 sh 30 sh 30 sh
Total Semester Hours: 120

See Guide for Initial Enrollment in Mathematics on following pages.

Second Major in Mathematics

A student who elects a second major in mathematics must complete a minimum of 24 sh including Mathematics 191, 192, 314, and 12 sh chosen from 315, 317, 321, 331, 334, 335, 401, 426, 436, 437, 438, 440, and 453. Selection of courses should be determined by the student's interests. More than eight courses is strongly recommended, especially for those students who plan to do graduate study in mathematics. Please consult mathematics staff members for advice.

Minor in Mathematics

A student in the College of Arts and Sciences who elects a minor in mathematics must complete a minimum of 18 sh including Mathematics 191, 192, and ten semester hours advanced.

Mathematics 301, 350, 351, 361, 362, and 372 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) University Studies 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 this catalog), (4) professional development courses (refer to the appropriate departmental section in this catalog, i.e. Department of Elementary Education or Department of Secondary and Higher Education). In addition, courses in the major must be completed as shown below.

Major in Mathematics

Secondary Teacher Certification

Required courses in the this major (36 semester hours)

Math 191, 192, 321, 331, 334, 335, 401 or 453, 426, 437, 460, and 4 sh from 314, 315, 317, 401, 436, 438, 440, 460.

Required support courses (6 semester hours)*

Csci 151, 152 or 241 or 270.

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

Suggested Curriculum Outline (B.S.)

Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior

Math 191, 192
Eng 101, 102
Hist 121, 122
Csci 151; 152 or
  241 or 270
US Vis/Perf Arts, 3 sh
Elective, 3 sh

Math 321, 331, 335
US Humanities, 3 sh
Psci 220, 221
US Science, 8 sh*
US PE Activity, 2 sh
SHEd 200

*-Phys 211 or 212

Math 334, 426, 401 or
  453
Psy 300
Spc 111 or 245, or 348
SHEd 300, SpEd 346 or
   475; US Soc/Behav Sci,
   3 sh; ETec 424; Rdg 370
Math 437, 460 and 4 sh from
  314, 315, 317, 401, 436,
  438, 440
SHEd 302, 401, 404, 405
Elective, 2 sh
32 sh 31 sh 30 sh 27 sh

Total Semester Hours: 120

*Students who have credit for this course in high school may take an approved advanced course in its place.

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 semester hours)

Math 141, 301, 350, 351, 361, 362, 372, 380, 453: and 3 sh from Math 142, 191, 321

Other requirements

Refer to the Department of Elementary Education's section of this 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.

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