Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Mathematics

Dr. Thomas Limperis, Head
Corley Building, Room 232
(479) 968-0659

Finan, Keisler, Watson
Associate Professors:
Amirkhanian, Enoch, S. Jordan, Limperis, Shores
Assistant Professor:
K. Brown, Carman, Felkins, Hogan, Horton, S.M. Jordan, Ketkar, King, Sherrill, Taylor

The Department of Mathematics offers a four-year program in mathematics that leads to the bachelor of science degree and curriculum that leads to a minor in mathematics. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of three groups of students: (1) those who plan to seek employment in business, industry, or government, (2) those who plan to attend graduate school to continue their study of mathematics or a related field, and (3) those who plan to be secondary school teachers.

Students majoring in mathematics are encouraged to use their elective hours to complete a second major, or at least a concentration of 18 hours or more, in the field of their choice. For example, students interested in computer science are advised to complete the following courses: COMS 1403 Orientation to Computing, Information, and Technology, COMS 2003 Microcomputer Applications, COMS 2104 Foundations of Computer Programming I, COMS 2203 Foundations of Computer Programming II, COMS 2213 Data Structures, and two additional courses selected from COMS 3213 Advanced Data Structures and Algorithm Design, COMS 3503 Visual Programming, COMS 3803 Computer Applications in Accounting and Business, and COMS 4203 Database Concepts. Students interested in business electives are advised to complete BUAD 2003 Business Information Systems, BLAW 2033 Legal Environment of Business, ACCT 2003 Accounting Principles I, ACCT 2013 Accounting Principles II, and ECON 2003 Principles of Economics I and ECON 2013 Principles of Economics II. For other areas of interest, students should consult their advisor to arrange a plan of study.

Students who plan to attend graduate school in mathematics or a related field are advised to complete additional upper-level mathematics courses beyond the minimal degree requirements. The curriculum in mathematics for teacher licensure is found in the College of Education section of this catalog.

Curriculum in Mathematics

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
U.S. History/Government1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3
TECH 1001 Orientation to the University 1 MATH 2703 Discrete Mathematics 3
MATH 2914 Calculus IT 4 MATH 2924 Calculus IIT 4
Elective3,T 4 Elective3,T 2
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3
PHYS 2114 General Physics IT 4 COMS 2803 Programming in C T 3
MATH 2934 Calculus IIIT 4 PHYS 2124 General Physics IIT 4
MATH 3003 Foundations of Number Systems 3 MATH 3243 Differential Equations I 3
Elective3,T 1 Elective3,T 2
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3
MATH 3153 Applied Statistics I 3 MATH 3203 Introduction to Analysis 3
MATH 4003 Linear Algebra I 3 MATH 4123 Mathematical Modeling 3
Elective3,T 6 Elective3,T 6
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Fall Spring
MATH 4033 Abstract Algebra 3 MATH 4971 Mathematics Senior Seminar 1
MATH Elective2 3 MATH Elective2 3
Elective3,T 9 Elective3,T 11
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
23000 - 4000 level math elective. MATH 3033 Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics, MATH/ELEG 3173 Math Methods for Engineers, MATH 4703 Special Methods in Mathematics, and MATH 4772 Mathematics Teaching Practicum may not be used to satisfy this requirement. MATH 4993 Special Problems in Mathematics may not be used without prior approval of the department head.
3At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000-4000 level courses.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university


Minor Mathematics

For several majors, a minor in mathematics is a natural and popular acquisition. The minor in mathematics requires 20 hours of courses:

MATH 2703 Discrete Mathematics
MATH 2914 Calculus I
MATH 2924 Calculus II

and 9 hours selected from the following:

MATH 2934 Calculus III
MATH 3003 Foundations of Number Systems
MATH 3123 College Geometry
MATH 3153 Applied Statistics I
MATH 3203 Introduction to Analysis
MATH 3243 Differential Equations I
MATH 4003 Linear Algebra I
MATH 4033 Abstract Algebra I
MATH 4103 Linear Algebra II
MATH 4113 History of Mathematics
MATH 4123 Mathematical Modeling
MATH 4133 Abstract Algebra II
MATH 4153 Applied Statistics II
MATH 4173 Advanced Biostatistics
MATH 4243 Differential Equations II
MATH 4263 Mathematical Statistics
MATH 4273 Complex Variables