The Mathematics Department offers a program of courses leading to a BA degree with a major in mathematics. A minor program is also available. The department also offers a program for students to prepare for a career in engineering, the Engineering 3+2 Program, while obtaining a quality liberal arts education. Students wishing to prepare for a teaching career in secondary schools may select courses especially designed to support their goals.
The curriculum for mathematics majors contains a central core of courses that provide a solid basis for advanced work and are tailored to fit the needs and objectives of individual students. Students choose advanced course work in consultation with faculty advisors. The variety of courses available permits the student not only to obtain a broad exposure to those fields of mathematics that are most useful in the physical sciences and engineering, but also to gain experience with the mathematics used in business and management sciences. Mathematics courses also contribute to the liberal arts curriculum of the University through service courses for all students.
The Distinguished Student of Mathematics Scholarship Endowment Fund and the Dr. William A. and Margaret Reddie Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics provide financial assistance to majors in mathematics. The Mathematics Research and Development Department Endowment Fund supports the Department of Mathematics.
The major in mathematics requires successful completion of a collection of core mathematics courses, 32 credit hours, plus 9 elective credit hours, 6 of which must be chosen from Math 4332, Math 4339, Math 4341 or Math 4335. The 3+2 Program consists of a mathematics core requirement of 28 credit hours plus 6 credit hours at the 3000s level or above. (See page 153). The department supervises a curriculum leading to teacher certification in mathematics at the 4-8 and 8-12 levels. For more information, refer to the tables below.
All graduating seniors who major in mathematics must take the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Major Field Test in Mathematics before graduation but no earlier than the penultimate semester. All graduating elementary and secondary teachers with a teaching field in mathematics must take the Texas Education Agency Exit Test (ExCET) for certification (see School of Education). The ExCET should be taken during the semester of certification.