2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Mathematics - Bachelor of Arts (35+ credits)

(35-37 Credits plus 3-6 credits of experiential learning)

Mathematics is a discipline of interconnected concepts that focus on pattern, quantity, space, and change. Through mathematics, we can better understand, represent, and solve problems in our world. A primary goal of the mathematics major is to help students develop habits of mind that enable them to look at real-world problems with a critical and analytical eye, and to take appropriate action. Students in the major will encounter the challenging, creative, and empowering ideas of mathematics that make this discipline an exceptional achievement of the human mind.

This major is directly linked to the mission of the University as it provides a powerful set of tools that enables students to participate more fully as citizens and in the role of social activists. The program is designed with the following principles:

  • Mathematics is relevant. Full participation in today's complex world requires deep understanding of mathematics. Courses focus on describing, modeling, and analyzing real-life situations.
  • Mathematics is meaningful. Students are expected to construct mathematical meaning and to communicate their ideas effectively in several representational forms: numerical, graphical, analytical, verbal.
  • Mathematics is a laboratory discipline in that it emphasizes students' collaborative involvement in mathematical investigations.
  • Mathematics increases students' career options. Greater participation in mathematical careers is a critical goal of the program. All students in the major complete related field experiences or internships.
  • Mathematics evolves with technological advances. Teaching and learning mathematics is optimized in a technology-rich environment.

Learning Goals for the Mathematics Major:

I. To develop an appreciation of the power, beauty, and utility of mathematics

  • Use mathematics to model real-life problems in the sciences and other disciplines
  • Conduct a real-world mathematical study
  • Demonstrate a sociocultural perspective of mathematics including how mathematics provides a lens on global issues, cultural concerns, and social responsibility

II. To develop a grounding in critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving

  • Generate, collect, and organize information systematically
  • Analyze and construct logical arguments
  • Discover patterns, formulate conjectures, and construct appropriate models through exploration and experimentation

III. To develop an understanding of both theoretical and applied mathematics

  • Conceptually justify mathematical procedures
  • Apply the conceptual ideas and skills of calculus
  • Interpret and apply statistical methods
  • Use, evaluate, and choose appropriate technology to explore and solve mathematical problems

IV. To develop the ability to communicate and justify mathematical concepts and solution strategies

  • Connect multiple representations of mathematical ideas (e.g. graphs, tables, formulas, situations)
  • Read, write, and create mathematical justifications using correct mathematical terminology and symbols
  • Engage in mathematical discourse, work in collaborative teams, and reflect on the mathematical ideas of others

V. To develop the ability to pursue future careers and learning

  • Gain mathematical skills necessary for entry into the job market, graduate program, or civic engagement
  • Apply mathematical knowledge within field placements
  • Seek opportunities to grow professionally, explore current scholarship, and reflect on one’s own practice

Degree Requirements

I. Required Courses (23 Credits):

CMATH 1990Concepts and Applications of Calculus I


CMATH 2590Concepts and Applications of Calculus II


CMATH 3000Number Theory


CMATH 3011Linear Algebra


CMATH 3522Inferential Statistics


CMATH 4200Abstract Algebra


CMATH 4550Directed Research Capstone: Math


II. Additional Courses (12-14 Credits):

(Choose 4 Courses: 2, 3, or 4 CMATH at 2000-level or above and 0, 1, or 2 CPHYS)
CMATH 2140Discrete Mathematics


CMATH 2144Topics in Geometry


CMATH 2990Multivariable Calculus


CMATH 3001Mathematics in Context


CPHYS 1250Physics I with Lab: Forces, Sound, Momentum & Energy


CPHYS 2250Physics II with Lab: Electricity, Magnetism, Atoms & Light


CPHYS 1308General Chemistry I with Lab


CPHYS 2102General Chemistry II with Lab


CPHYS 2308Organic Chemistry I with Lab


CPHYS 3308Organic Chemistry II w/Lab


These courses listed above are approved electives. Other CPHYS courses can be approved by your advisor.
CMATH 2140 & CMATH 2144 required for Middle and Secondary Education majors
CMATH 2990 & CMATH 3001 required for Secondary Education majors

III. Internship (6 Credits):

(NOT required for Education majors or students who move from an education licensure program to an education minor.)

Working with their advisor and the CLAS Internship Office, all students except for Education majors develop an individual plan for applying their mathematical knowledge to the professional world.
CNSCI 4100Research Internship and Seminar


CNSCI 4100 must be taken for six credits.