Do you like a challenge?

Our mathematics students are problem solvers and that go on to great careers using the quantitative and analytical skills they have developed here.  Many of them also combine one of our majors with an interest in economics, management, computer science, or another science.  Many of our students use their biostatistics major to build careers in public health doing exciting things like designing clinical trials for new medications and treatments.  

Our faculty is always on the forefront of using new teaching methods, including cooperative learning groups, computer laboratory investigations, writing-to-learn and flipped courses, as well as traditional instruction. Our students go on to successful careers and graduate study in fields like statistics, scientific programming, public health, "big data"  and teaching.

Program Requirements

The major in Mathematics begins with Multivariable Calculus MATH 220. (Some students will have taken the equivalent of MATH 120-121 in high school; other students will take MATH 120-121 at Simmons prior to taking MATH 220.) 

Other required courses are:

  • MATH 118 Introductory Statistics (freshman or sophomore year) OR MATH 227 Biostatiscal Design and Analysis
  • MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics (sophomore year)
  • MATH 211 Linear Algebra (sophomore year)
  • MATH 310 Modern Algebra (junior or senior year)
  • MATH 320 Introduction to Real Analysis I (junior or senior year)
  • MATH 321 Introduction to Real Analysis II (junior or senior year)
  • CS 112 Introduction to Computer Science (May be taken as early as the first year; students should plan on taking it in the first two years. With approval of the department, another programming course may be substituted.)

In addition, Mathematics majors must take one of the following as an elective:

  • MATH 338 Probability
  • MATH 343 Mathematical Modeling

and two more mathematics courses from MATH 225, the other of Math 338/343, and MATH 390 (may be taken more than once.)

Finally, at least four semester hours of independent learning must be completed in Mathematics (for students entering prior to September 2014) or the capstone (for students entering September 2014 or later) must be completed in Mathematics. Math 390 may be used to satisfy the capstone requirement. It is Departmental policy that courses required for a major or minor should not be taken pass/fail.

Students interested in teaching should inquire about our 5-year B.S.-M.A.T. program.

Minor Requirements

A mathematics minor consists of MATH 211, MATH 220, and three additional MATH courses numbered 121 or higher, except MATH 227, 228, or 229.

Customize Your Program

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 your choice of electives, you may prepare yourself for graduate work or careers in statistics, scientific programming, public health, data science ("big data") or teaching.

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,  and Psychology Departments. Other fields (e.g. a health science or Environmental Science) may also benefit from combined study in mathematics and/or statistics. You'll work with your advisor to choose the best combination of majors and minors to match your interests and career goals. 

We also offer minors in mathematics, statistics, biostatistics, and scientific computation for students pursuing other majors. 

Internships and Research

All students majoring in mathematics  must complete four semester hours of independent learning. Your advisor will help you choose and plan courses and internships that will help you hone your skills and build your resume. Some recent examples include:

  • Research on the use of Leslie matrices to model the population dynamics of North Atlantic salmon
  • Research on modeling thermal noise for the Enhanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory
  • Internship at EMC to become a "big data" analyst.
  • Research on computer methods to test integers to see if they are prime.  (This is important for encrypting data in computers.)
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