Department of Mathematics & Statistics

General Information | Degree Requirements | Courses in MATH | Courses in STAT

Dickinson Hall, Room 622, (501) 569-8100, (501) 569-8115 (fax), Website, View/Download PDF Version

Chairperson:
McMillan, Thomas C, Professor

Professors:
Kaufmann, Eric R.
Kosmatov, Nickolai E.
Wang, Xiaoshen
Ye, Xiu

Associate Professors:
Cox, Cassandra L.
Elsalloukh, Hassan
Fulmer, James R.
Peter, Thomas F.

Assistant Professors:
Cui, Jintao
Legette, Lakeshia R.
Lu, Lianfang
Yu, Xian

Adjunct Professor:
Pellicane, Patrick J.

Senior Instructors:
Hardeman, Melissa A.
LeGrand, Denise J.
Umphers, Ida S.
Watson, Theresa A.

Advanced Instructors:
Hundley, Miriam M.
Jackson, Christy L.

Instructors:
Streett, Rebecca A.
Tapp, Marvelyn H.

The objectives of the department are to prepare students to enter graduate school, to teach at the elementary and secondary levels, to understand and use mathematics in other fields of knowledge with basic mathematical skills for everyday living, and to be employed and to act in a consulting capacity on matters concerning mathematics.

The department offers degrees in mathematics (bachelor of science and bachelor of arts) and secondary teacher licensure in mathematics (bachelor of science and bachelor of arts). The department also offers minors in mathematics and statistics.

General Information

Admission Requirements

Students can apply for admission to any mathematics major using their online accounts (BOSS). Decisions regarding equivalency of courses and situations in which students have tested out of courses will be made by the department chairperson.

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Scholarships and Awards

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics awards the following scholarships:

  • The DeWoody and Emily Dickinson Math Scholarship is awarded to a full- or part-time mathematics major in his/her sophomore or junior year. In selecting a recipient for the Dickinson Scholarship, academic accomplishments are given the highest consideration, with additional consideration given to financial need, leadership skills, and involvement with student/math activities.
  • The Jerry and Sherri Damerow Mathematics Scholarship is awarded to a full- or part-time students majoring in mathematics. Preferences are given to juniors and seniors, and academic accomplishment and financial need are strongly considered This scholarship may be used to support undergraduate research.
  • The Ma Endowed Family Scholarship is awarded to a full- or part-time student majoring in Mathematics. Academic accomplishment and financial need are strongly considered when selecting a recipient.
  • The Linda and Tom McMillan Mathematics Scholarship is awarded to a full- or part-time student majoring in mathematics. Preferences are given to juniors and seniors, and academic accomplishment and financial need are strongly considered.
  • The Mathematics and Statistics Faculty Award is a merit based award for undergraduates with majors in mathematics and statistics.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics annually confers the following awards:

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student
  • Outstanding Graduate Student
  • Outstanding Graduating Senior
  • Outstanding Achievement by and Undergraduate Student
  • Outstanding Achievement by a Graduate Student
  • Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Outstanding Tutor Award
Honors Program in Mathematics

The department offers an honors program to permit exceptional students to pursue advanced study and receive recognition for its completion. The honors program is distinct from graduation with honors and does not replace it.

Participants in the honors program must be mathematics majors with at least junior standing (60-90 credit hours). The students will be selected by a faculty committee, normally during the junior year and usually before the second semester. Minimum admission requirements are a 3.25 grade point average overall and a 3.25 grade point average in all mathematics and statistics courses. These averages must be maintained for continued participation in the program. There will be at most five students in the program at one time. For details about the program please contact the department office.

Developmental Mathematics

Pre-Core Mathematics is offered to students who require additional prerequisite skills prior to enrolling in a core mathematics class. This is a course that is designed to prepare students with the necessary skills to be successful in college level mathematics. Topics include operations with real numbers (including exponents and radicals) and algebraic expressions, ratios, proportions, linear inequalities, linear and quadratic equations in one variable, linear equations in two variables, systems of linear equations, and logarithms.

For information on alternative methods of receiving credit for a developmental mathematics course, students should contact the department chair.

Mathematics Placement Tests

MUST enroll in MATH 0321

Score Code
20 or less ACT Math
44 or less Compass Algebra
44 or less EOC Compass Algebra**
499 or less SAT Math

May enroll in MATH 1302, 1315, 1321, or take College Algebra MPT to attempt higher placement

Score Code
21+ ACT Math
45+ Compass Algebra
45+ EOC Compass Algebra**
50+ Compass College Algebra
500+ SAT Math

May enroll in MATH 1303, MATH 1311, or MATH 1342

Score Code
67+ Compass College Algebra

May enroll in MATH 1451

Score Code
46+ Compass Trigonometry

**EOC (End of Course) scores reflect Compass tests administered as part of the legislative requirement for developmental courses. EOC scores are valid for credit bearing course placement. Call the Office of Testing Services and Student Life Research at (501) 569-3198 for details.


Major in Mathematics

Bachelor of Science

The bachelor of science degree is designed for students who plan to enter graduate school or who wish immediate employment as mathematicians. It requires MATH 1223, 2453, 2350, 3310, 3312, 3322, 4390, 4303, 4304, STAT 3352, six additional hours of upper-level mathematics or statistics electives to include either MATH 4310, 4306, or 4302. Six hours of German or French are strongly recommended for students who intend to obtain the PhD degree in mathematics.

Bachelor of Arts

The bachelor of arts degree requires MATH 1223, 2453, 2350, 3310, 3312, 3322, 4303, 4390, STAT 3352, and 9 hours of upper-level mathematics or statistics electives. Also, students seeking the bachelor of arts degree are required to complete a 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency as measured by a competency test.

Secondary Teacher Licensure

Students wishing to teach mathematics at the secondary level must complete either a bachelor of science or a bachelor of arts in mathematics.
The bachelor of science degree within the secondary teacher licensure option consists of MATH 1223, 2453, 2350, 3310, 3312, 3322, 3330, 4381, 4383, 4303, 4304, 4390, and either 4310, 4306 or 4302; STAT 3352; and the minor in secondary education. See the Secondary Teacher Licensure” section for details.
The bachelor of arts in mathematics within the secondary teacher licensure option consists of MATH 1223, 2453, ,2350, 3310, 3312, 3322, 3330, 4381, 4383, 4390; STAT 3352; nine hours of upper-level MATH or STAT electives; and a minor in secondary education. See the Secondary Teacher Licensure” section for details.

Minor in Mathematics

The minor requires MATH 1451, 1452, 2453, 2350, and six hours of upper-level mathematics.

Minor in Statistics

The minor in statistics is designed for students who wish to apply their mathematical training in any of the many fields that employ statistics. It requires at least 12 hours of statistics courses, including STAT 3350, 3352, 3353, and either STAT 3351 or 4352. MATH 1223, 1451, and 1452 are also required. Statistics courses, except 3352, used for a minor may not be used to satisfy requirements for a major in mathematics.


Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (45 hours)

See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (0-x hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page 26 for details.

Major (40 hours)

Mathematics Foundation Courses (31 hours)
    (MATH 1451 Calculus I satisfies the core requirement in mathematics.)
    MATH 1223 Introduction to Mathematical Software
    MATH 1452 Calculus II
    MATH 2453 Calculus III
    MATH 2350 Introduction to Proof
    MATH 3310 Algebraic Structures I
    MATH 3312 Linear Algebra
    MATH 3322 Introduction to Differential Equations
    MATH 4303 Advanced Calculus I
    MATH 4390 Senior Seminar
    STAT 3352 Applied Statistics I
Electives (9 hours)

Nine hours of approved MATH or STAT courses numbered above 3000.

Minor (12-29 hours—typical minor requires 18)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Secondary Education Option

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (45 hours)

See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page 26 for details.

Major (46 hours)

Mathematics Foundation Course (31 hours)
    (MATH 1451 Calculus I satisfies the core requirement in mathematics.)
    MATH 1223 Introduction to Mathematical Software
    MATH 1452 Calculus II
    MATH 2453 Calculus III
    MATH 2350 Introduction to Proof
    MATH 3310 Algebraic Structures I
    MATH 3312 Linear Algebra
    MATH 3322 Introduction to Differential Equations
    MATH 3330 College Geometry I
    MATH 4390 Senior Seminar
    STAT 3352 Applied Statistics I
Secondary Education Option (6 hours)
    MATH 4381 Teaching in Secondary School
    MATH 4383 Technology in Math Education
Electives (9 hours)

Nine hours of approved MATH or STAT courses numbered above 3000.

Minor (18 hours—Secondary Education)

Secondary Education Courses
    SCED 3210 Instructional Skills and Assessment
    SCED 3110 Instructional Skills Practicum
    SCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Adolescents
    SCED 4122 Adolescent Diversity Practicum
    SCED 4123 Adolescents with Special Needs
    SCED 4124 Classroom Management
    TCED 4600 Student Teaching
    SCED 4330 Reflective Teaching

Praxis I must be passed before enrolling in SCED and TCED courses. A GPA of 2.65 is required for admission to the education program. Praxis II must be passed prior to graduation.

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (45 hours)

See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (none required)

Major (40 hours)

Mathematics Foundation Courses (37 hours)
    (MATH 1451 Calculus I satisfies the core requirement in mathematics.)
    MATH 1223 Introduction to Mathematical Software
    MATH 1452 Calculus II
    MATH 2453 Calculus III
    MATH 2350 Introduction to Proof
    MATH 3310 Algebraic Structures I
    MATH 3312 Linear Algebra
    MATH 3322 Introduction to Differential Equations
    MATH 4303 Advanced Calculus I
    MATH 4304 Advanced Calculus II
    MATH 4310 Algebraic Structures I
    or MATH 4302 Complex Analysis
    or MATH 4306 Topology
    MATH 4390 Senior Seminar
    STAT 3352 Applied Statistics I
Electives (3 hours)

A three-hour approved MATH or STAT course numbered above 3000.

Minor (12-29 hours—typical minor requires 18)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Secondary Education Option

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (45 hours)

See page 25 for requirement details.

Second Language Proficiency (none required)

Major (46 hours)

Mathematics Foundation Courses (40 hours)
    (MATH 1451 Calculus I satisfies the core requirement in mathematics.)
    MATH 1223 Introduction to Mathematical Software
    MATH 1452 Calculus II
    MATH 2453 Calculus III
    MATH 2350 Introduction to Proof
    MATH 3310 Algebraic Structures I
    MATH 3312 Linear Algebra
    MATH 3322 Introduction to Differential Equations
    MATH 3330 College Geometry I
    MATH 4303 Advanced Calculus I
    MATH 4304 Advanced Calculus II
    MATH 4310 Algebraic Structures I
    or MATH 4302 Complex Analysis
    or MATH 4306 Topology
    MATH 4390 Senior Seminar
    STAT 3352 Applied Statistics I
Secondary Education Option (6 hours)
    MATH 4381 Teaching in Secondary School
    MATH 4383 Technology in Math Education

Minor (Secondary Education—18 hours)

Secondary Education Courses
    SCED 3210 Instructional Skills and Assessment
    SCED 3110 Instructional Skills Practicum
    SCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Adolescents
    SCED 4122 Adolescent Diversity Practicum
    SCED 4123 Adolescents with Special Needs
    SCED 4124 Classroom Management
    TCED 4600 Student Teaching
    SCED 4330 Reflective Teaching

Praxis I must be passed before enrolling in SCED and TCED courses. A GPA of 2.65 is required for admission to the education program. Praxis II must be passed prior to graduation.

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


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