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The increasing complexity of society has made the mathematical sciences important for people trying to solve problems not only in the science areas, such as physics, chemistry, and biology, but also in the areas of social science and management. In addition, the pure mathematical areas continue to appeal to many as an intellectual discipline, art form, or game.
The major in mathematics is designed to provide a strong background in various mathematical sciences and their applications. By her choice of electives, a student may prepare herself for graduate work or careers in statistics, scientific programming, operations research, or teaching.
Furthermore, many opportunities exist for students who are interested in combining mathematics with other disciplines. Joint and double majors exist with the Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Management, Nursing, and Psychology Departments. Other fields may also be combined fruitfully with mathematics. Students interested in such majors should consult with the chairs of the Departments involved.
All students majoring in mathematics must complete four semester hours of independent learning. The choice and timing of these courses must be approved by the student's adviser. Recent examples include:
As of September 1996, the Competency in Basic Mathematics Requirement will replace the former Quantitative Skills Requirement for all students. Students may satisfy the Competency in Basic Mathematics Requirement in any of the following ways:
Only courses and scores taken within seven years will be accepted in fulfillment of the Competency in Basic Mathematics requirement.