Mathematics Major

College of Arts and Sciences

Degree BS or BA, Mathematics

Department Chair Patrick Touhey, PhD


Jerry Bradford, Associate Professor of Mathematics, BA Indiana Wesleyan University; MS, PhD The University of Iowa

Jay Stine, Associate Professor in Mathematics, BA Shippensburg University; MS, PhD, University of Miami

Steven J. Tedford, Associate Professor in Mathematics, BA, MS Marist College, PhD Binghamton University

Patrick Touhey, Professor of Mathematics, BA Fordham University; PhD City University of New York

Mathematics has been called the queen of the sciences. In recent years, the increased use of statistics and quantitative methods, combined with the computer revolution, have caused mathematics to pervade not only the physical sciences, but the life and social sciences as well. Mathematical techniques are widely used in research, in industry, manufacturing, commerce, and government. Recognizing these broad applications, this major in mathematics was designed to expose students to both classical and contemporary areas.

The mathematics major prepares students for careers in business, industry or government, or for future study in graduate or professional school.

Students may choose to pursue either a BS or BA degree in mathematics. The required mathematics courses for either degree are the same. Students who choose a BA must complete PHY 221-222; those choosing a BS must complete PHY 221-222 and either CHM 133-134 or BIO 111-112.

Upper-level courses are offered in alternate years (see course descriptions for details), so that a student's schedule may not follow this sequence exactly. The above would be typical for a traditional first-year student whose first semester begins in the fall of an odd numbered year (e.g., 2007).