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B.S. in Mathematics

Realize your full potential in mathematics. Accept new challenges and learn new aspects of a foundational field. Go beyond the numbers and build skills in critical thinking crucial for careers in science, business, and technology.

What you'll study
Core courses in laboratory science and calculus progress into advanced study of pure and applied mathematics. A large selection of electives investigates important aspects of analysis, algebra, and probability.

How you'll learn more
Participate in the mathematics colloquium series and hear about new research and applications. Compete in a brain bowl contest or be involved in a Pi Day event. Consider a research project with a faculty mentor or obtain an internship in a STEM field.

Where it can take you
Critical thinking skills developed while studying mathematics apply across a range of fields. What about becoming a climate analyst, mathematical biologist, actuary, or a computer programmer? Banking and teaching are always in demand, or you can continue to graduate school in a STEM field of science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

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The mathematics major provides a core of applied mathematics, pure mathematics, and analytical sciences. This major provides students with the mathematical skills to formulate, abstract, analyze and solve problems typically encountered by mathematicians, educators, government officials, scientists, engineers, and other professionals. Graduates of this program will be prepared to enter graduate study in mathematics and pursue careers in science, industry, and business.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A successful mathematics graduate is expected to:

  1. Apply analytical, critical thinking, and abstract reasoning skills;
  2. Analyze and formulate Mathematical proofs and critique for correctness;
  3. Apply general mathematical techniques, theories, and abstract reasoning to find solutions to concrete problems.

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS

General Education Requirements (30 credits)

Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.

Mathematics Major Requirements (53 credits)

Core Courses (27 credits)

* Can be counted only once, either as a core course requirement or a major elective requirement

Note: Six (6) credits of MATH may fulfill the General Education requirements.

Laboratory Science (8 credits)
Select 8 credits from the following courses:

  • CHEM 1300 General Chemistry I/Lab (4 credits) OR CHEM 1300H General Chemistry I/Lab Honors (4 credits)
  • CHEM 1310 General Chemistry II/Lab (4 credits) OR CHEM 1310H General Chemistry II/Lab Honors (4 credits)
  • CSIS 2101 Fundamentals of Computer Programming (4 credits)
  • CSIS 3101 Advanced Computer Programming (4 credits)
  • PHYS 2350 General Physics I/Lab (4 credits)
  • PHYS 2360 General Physics II/Lab (4 credits)
  • PHYS 2400 Physics I/Lab (4 credits)
  • PHYS 2500 Physics II/Lab (4 credits)

Note: Six (6) credits of CHEM/PHYS may fulfill the General Education requirements.

Major Electives (18 credits)
Select 18 credits from the following courses:

  • MATH 3050 Mathematics and Biology (3 credits)
  • MATH 3260 Combinatorics (3 credits)
  • MATH 3270 Logic (3 credits)
  • MATH 3340 Linear Algebra II (3 credits)
  • MATH 3350 Number Theory (3 credits)
  • MATH 3450 Elementary Differential Geometry (3 credits)
  • MATH 3900 History of Mathematics (3 credits)
  • MATH 4050 Advanced Calculus I (3 credits)*
  • MATH 4060 Advanced Calculus II (3 credits)*
  • MATH 4100 Introduction to Topology (3 credits)
  • MATH 4200 Complex Variables (3 credits)
  • MATH 4300 Numerical Methods (3 credits)
  • MATH 4350 Abstract Algebra I (3 credits)*
  • MATH 4360 Abstract Algebra II (3 credits)*
  • MATH 4400 Partial Differential Equations (3 credits)
  • MATH 4450 Basic Probability (3 credits)
  • MATH 4500 Probability and Statistics (3 credits)
  • MATH 4600 Introduction to Applied Mathematics (3 credits)
  • MATH 4700 Applied Cryptography (3 credits)
  • MATH 4900 Special Topics in Mathematics (3 credits)
  • MATH 4950 Internship in Mathematics (1–12 credits)
  • MATH 4990 Independent Study in Mathematics (1–3 credits)

* Can be counted only once, either as a core course requirement or a major elective requirement

The following courses are excluded for credit toward the mathematics major:

  • MATH 3030 Applied Statistics II (3 credits)
  • MATH 4020 Applied Regression Analysis (3 credits)
  • MATH 4040 Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis (3 credits)
  • MATH 4080 Introduction to Statistical Computations (3 credits)

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the 2016-2017 edition of the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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Pursuing a minor can deepen your knowledge in a discipline related to your major or enable you to explore a field outside your major area of study and diversify your skills. Speak with a faculty member in your program to determine which minor(s) can support your academic, professional, and personal goals.

See the entire program at a glance. The four-year plan of study will assist you in planning your future at NSU. It presents an overall idea of the order in which courses might be taken in a four-year plan during a student's college career.

4-Year Plan of Study