2017-2018 Catalog 
  
    Apr 21, 2018  
2017-2018 Catalog

Mathematics Major


Professor of Computer Science Zaring
Professor of Mathematics Schwartz
Professors of Mathematics and Computer Science Nunemacher, Wiebe
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Linder
Associate Professor of Computer Science McCulloch
Associate Professor of Mathematics Jackson
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Pyzza

The department offers majors in computer science and in mathematics. In addition, the mathematics major can be designed to include a concentration in statistics. The department also offers the computer science 3-2 option major for those students planning to pursue a combined-degree pre-engineering program (see Combined Bachelor’s/Professional Degrees  for general information on pre-engineering programs).

The department provides a full range of courses for students anticipating graduate work in computer science, mathematics, or statistics. There are also courses available for cognate majors where strong mathematical or computer skills are required. Lastly, the department provides service courses in support of many majors on campus, especially those requiring statistics or calculus.

Majors often take advanced courses in other departments directly complementing their studies in mathematics or computer science. Double majors with mathematics or computer science and a related area, such as economics or physics, are often undertaken. Upon graduation, recent majors have found employment in business, management science, statistical research, computing,  actuarial science, environmental research, and teaching. In addition, majors have gained admission to graduate or professional programs in computer science, mathematics, philosophy, physics, economics, business, law, and medicine. Potential majors and others interested should consult with any member of the department in planning their course work.

Students wishing to concentrate in computer science should contact Professors McCulloch, Wiebe, or Zaring. Those wishing to concentrate in statistics should see Professor Linder. Those wishing to concentrate in secondary education should contact the department, and those wishing to prepare for graduate study in mathematics should contact Professors Jackson, Nunemacher, Schwartz, or Pyzza.

Courses for Non-Majors

The department offers a number of courses specifically as a service to non-majors who seek training in mathematical sciences. These include MATH 105 , a course in elementary probability and statistics that includes computer experience, and which prepares students to read the increasingly quantitative journals of the social and life sciences. Exploring Computer Science (CS 103 ) offers a broad, applications-oriented introduction to computing for students having no prior computing experience. Great Ideas in Mathematics (MATH 104 ) provides an introduction to modern mathematical ideas for students who will study no further mathematics. Precalculus (MATH 108 ) is for students who have a moderate mathematical background but not one sufficient to begin calculus immediately. The calculus courses (MATH 110 , MATH 111 , and MATH 210 ) are recommended for students who wish to continue the study of mathematics in college after a strong high school background. They are particularly important for any of the sciences and economics. Introduction to Computer Science and Programming (CS 110 ) provides a careful entry into the discipline of computer science and teaches programming in a high-level language.

Learning Objectives


Mission Statement for the Mathematics Major

In taking courses toward a mathematics major a student will encounter some of the great mathematical ideas of the last several centuries, develop skill in using mathematical tools, gain appreciation of the role of abstraction and theory in mathematics, and learn how to use mathematics to model aspects of the real world. We endeavor to prepare students for graduate study in mathematics or statistics; to seek employment in the private sector, e.g., as statisticians, applied mathematicians, or actuaries; to teach mathematics in secondary education; or to pursue a career in a cognate field, e.g., physics, chemistry, biology, or economics.

 

Subject Matter Objectives

         A student should have an introductory knowledge of the following areas:

  1. Basic continuous mathematics (single and multi-variable calculus);
  2. Basic discrete mathematics (linear algebra and discrete structures);
  3. Higher abstract mathematics (abstract algebra, analysis, topology, logic);
  4. Higher applied mathematics (probability, statistics, differential equations, numerical analysis).

Our course requirements ensure some exposure to each of these four areas, the degree and rigor of exposure will depend on the plans and abilities of the student in consultation with an academic advisor.

Major Requirements


MATH 111 , MATH 210 , MATH 250 , MATH 270 , MATH 340  or MATH 370 , and a minimum of four additional mathematics courses numbered 230 or above. Also, CS 110  or equivalent knowledge of programming. It is suggested that MATH 250  and CS 110  be completed by the end of the sophomore year.

It is possible to do a concentration in statistics within the mathematics major. To obtain the major designation Mathematics major (Statistics Concentration), one must complete a mathematics major which includes MATH 230 , MATH 340 , MATH 350 , and either MATH 360  or MATH 365  (preferably both).

Some students complete a Mathematics major with the goal of being licensed to teach mathematics in secondary school. In order to meet the licensure requirements in Ohio these students must select MATH 230  and MATH 320  among their electives and also take MATH 370 .

Recommended courses to prepare for graduate school in mathematics include MATH 330 , MATH 340 , MATH 370 , MATH 440 , and MATH 470 . In particular, a strong preparation for graduate school will include more than the minimum number of courses required to complete the mathematics major.