MATHEMATICSThe Department of Mathematics offers three baccalaureate degree programs with a major in mathematics. It also offers minors in mathematics and statistics.
The recommended course sequences in the three mathematics programs are virtually identical through the first two years. The B.A. degree program in mathematics is a flexible curriculum designed to accommodate the widest possible range of career objectives. It is structured according to the traditional liberal arts approach to college education. The second semester of a foreign language is required in the B.A. program. The B.S. degree program is more specifically applications-oriented. With more required courses in mathematical analysis and science, it is somewhat less flexible than the B.A. program. The B.S.Ed. degree program is the degree and certification program for prospective secondary teachers of mathematics. In addition to having mathematics course requirements comparable to those of the two other programs, the B.S. in Education requires appropriate educational methods courses.
Mathematics majors may elect an option in Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics or Statistics, designed to prepare students for careers in these allied fields.
For admission as a major in mathematics, a student is expected to have a sound preparation in high school academic mathematics: algebra I and II, plane geometry, precalculus (trigonometry and analytic geometry.) Such students should normally begin their mathematics sequence with Calculus I. Students who have completed a calculus course in high school are encouraged to take the College Board Advanced Placement Exam and have their score sent to MU for evaluation. University credit for freshman-level mathematics major course(s) will be offered to students with grades of 3 or higher. For further information, see "Advanced Placement Examinations" in the Admissions section.
In an effort to ensure that each student is properly placed, the department administers a mathematics placement test to all new students during their respective orientation programs. For more information, see the Curriculum section.
The cooperative education program allows students valuable experience in a full-time professional position related to their career goals, adding practical relevance to their program of study as well as significant financial remuneration. This often leads to full-time employment after graduation. Students may elect one or more cooperative education experiences.