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B.S. in Mathematics

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Program Chair: Christopher A. Lynch

Mathematics is the study of numbers, functions, geometrical forms, and abstract logical structures and their associated relationships.  In addition to providing an essential foundation for scientific and technical fields, mathematics is studied both for its own intellectual appeal and challenge and for its application to real-life problems.  Students of mathematics also develop critical thinking and analytical skills useful for a wide variety of careers.

The mathematics program at Clarkson is rigorous and demanding, yet flexible enough to allow students to sample many disciplines or focus on a special interest.  Many mathematics students also complete a minor or double major in a field such as computer science, physics, or business.  Students are encouraged to participate in research projects with faculty, starting as early as their freshman year. Graduates work in industry, business, or government agencies as mathematicians, statisticians, and actuaries.  Many continue their education in graduate programs in mathematics or related fields; some become mathematics teachers or professors.  

The mathematics curricula are designed so that students learn to:

  • reason clearly, logically, and analytically;
  • demonstrate a solid understanding of the core material and a deeper understanding of at least one area of mathematics;
  • work effectively with standard mathematical software packages and write mathematical programs using a high-level computer language;
  • apply mathematical knowledge to solve real-world, open-ended problems;
  • read mathematical texts and literature and write mathematical proofs;
  • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; and
  • work effectively both individually and in teams.

The mathematics major has two options. The mathematics option (detailed below) is designed for students with a general interest in mathematics and is excellent preparation for graduate school. The statistics option replaces some mathematics courses in the junior and senior years with statistics courses, and is designed to prepare students for careers as statisticians or actuaries.  The department also offers a separate major in Applied Mathematics and Statistics.

 Requirements

 Area of Study
Credit Hours
 Mathematics and Statistics*                         
44
 Computer Science (CS141)
 4
 Physics (PH131 and PH132)
 8
 Science (BY, CM, or PH)
 3
 First-Year Seminar (FY100)
 1
 The Clarkson Seminar (UNIV190)
 3
 Knowledge Area/University Courses
15
 Free electives**
42
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      120

* Required courses are MA131, MA132, MA200, MA211, MA231, MA232, MA321, MA339, MA499, and STAT383, plus either MA451 or MA453 and MA431. The Math Option also requires two of MA311, MA313, MA314, and MA322; the Statistics Option also requires STAT381, STAT382, STAT384, and STAT488 (Statistics Project). 

** Up to 12 credit hours of advanced (300- or 400-level) coursework in Aerospace Studies or Military Science may count toward graduation requirements. Aerospace Studies or Military Science credits at the 100 and 200 levels do not count toward the required 120 hours.  Other restrictions may apply; check with the department for details.

 Curriculum
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FIRST YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
MA131 Calculus I
3
  MA132 Calculus II
3
PH131 Physics I
4
  PH132 Physics II
4
CS141 Intro to Computer Sci. I
4
  MA200 Math Modeling & Software
3
UNIV190 Clarkson Seminar
3
    Knowledge Area Course
3
FY100 First-Year Seminar
1
    Free Elective (CS142 rec.)
3
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16
   
     
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SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
MA211 Foundations
3
  MA231 Calculus III
3
MA232 Differential Equations
3
  MA339 Applied Linear Algebra
3
  Science Elective
3
  STAT383 Applied Statistics I
3
  Knowledge Area Course
3
    Knowledge Area Course
3
  Free Elective
3
    Free Elective
3
   
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15
     
15
   
     
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JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
MA321 Advanced Calculus I
3
  MA 322 Advanced Calculus II (or MA314)
3
MA311 Abstract Algebra (or MA313)
3
  MA451/453  Intro to Mathematical Research/Instruction
2
  KA/University Course
3
    MA/STAT Elective
3
  Free Elective
3
    KA/University Course
3
  Free Elective
3
    Free Elective
3
   
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15
     
14
   
     
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SENIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
MA/STAT Elective
3
    MA/STAT Elective
3
  Free Electives
12
    Free Electives
12
 MA499 Professional Experience
  0
   
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15
     
           

Mathematics Courses
Not all courses are offered each year or each semester (see the annual Courses publication and course offering lists from SAS). Courses marked (*) do not count toward the graduation requirements for mathematics majors.

MA131 Calculus I STAT384 Applied Statistics II
MA132 Calculus II MA400 Undergraduate Seminar
MA180 Introduction to College MA401-409 Directed Study
  Mathematics* MA421 Seminar in Mathematics
MA181 Basic Calculus* MA431 Mathematics Course Assistance
MA200 Intro to Math Modeling MA451 Intro to Mathematical Research
  and Software MA453 Intro to Mathematics Instruction
MA211 Foundations MA456 Cryptography
MA230 3-D Space and Projective Geometry STAT488 Statistics Project
MA231 Calculus III MA497 Undergraduate Research
MA232 Elementary Differential Equations MA499 Professional Experience
MA239 Elementary Linear Algebra* MA511 Algebraic Structures
STAT282 General Statistics* MA514 Sets and Topology
MA300 Seminar in Actuarial Mathematics MA521 Classical Complex Analysis
MA311 Abstract Algebra MA522 Classical Real Analysis
MA313 Abstract Linear Algebra MA525 Functional Analysis
MA314 Number Theory and Its Applications MA531 Initial and Boundary Value Problems
STAT318 Biostatistics MA562 Complex Analysis with Applications
MA321 Advanced Calculus I MA563  Applied Dynamical Systems
MA322 Advanced Calculus II MA570 Fundamentals of Scientific Computation
MA330 Advanced Engineering Mathematics* MA571 Numerical Solution of Differential Equations
MA331 Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems MA572 Finite Element Methods
MA332 Intermediate Differential Equations MA573 Matrix Theory and Computations
MA339 Applied Linear Algebra MA578 Numerical Analysis
MA346 Applied Algebra and Discrete Structures MA579 Introduction to Applied Optimization
MA351 Actuarial Studies MA580 Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulations
MA362 Complex Analysis with Applications STAT581 Probability
MA363 Mathematical Modeling STAT582 Mathematical Statistics I
MA377 Numerical Methods STAT584 Advanced Applied Statistics
STAT381 Probability MA701-719 Directed Study
STAT382 Mathematical Statistics I MA721-739 Seminar
STAT383 Applied Statistics I MA810 Thesis/Dissertation or Special Projects