About the major
Our Mathematics program offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. The B.A. degree requires 34 semester credit hours, and the B.S. degree consists of 48 semester credit hours. Either MAT 095 (Intermediate Algebra) or a satisfactory score on the mathematics placement exam is prerequisite to all other mathematics courses except MAT 104 (Mathematics Ideas). All students are required to complete the College of Liberal Arts core and depth requirements.
What you study
Now that you are interested in pursuing a Mathematics major, what does that entail? What topics will you study? Clearly, calculus is a cornerstone of the curriculum but what else? The first courses in the curriculum focus on studying rates of change, slopes, and areas. There will be a need to develop computational ability and geometric understanding. As you get further into the curriculum, the central theme is understanding mathematical objects, understanding relationships between such objects, and creating arguments to verify these relationships. The curriculum for our Mathematics major includes studying most of the following:
- Rates of change and areas
- Equations that describe rates of change and their solutions — very useful for modeling and applications
- Solutions to linear systems of equations and the structure of the mathematical objects involved
- The mathematics involved in computer science
- Probability theory and application of statistics
- Methods and techniques of creating mathematical models and analyzing them
- The underlying theory of calculus; properties of various types of functions, sequences, series, etc.
- Results that come when calculus is applied to functions that accept and produce complex numbers
- Properties of and relationships between geometrical objects
- Methods and techniques of proof writing and communicating mathematics
- The structure of various number systems and systems of mathematical objects
- If you are planning to pursue graduate study in mathematics, it is recommended that your electives are selected from MAT 320, 330, 335, 350, 462, and 482
- If you are planning to pursue a doctoral degree, it is recommended that you take GER 111-112 or FRE 111-112.
- If you are planning a career in applied mathematics, it is recommended that your electives are selected from MAT 320, 330, and 335. In addition, MAT 225 is recommended.
About the minor
A minor in Mathematics consists of 17 semester credit hours, including two 300-level courses.
Majors may earn departmental honors in Mathematics by meeting the following requirements:
- Apply for Honors during the second semester of the junior year
- Attain a grade point average of 3.50 in the Mathematics courses applied toward the major
- Enroll in MAT 402 (Directed Independent Research) and complete a research paper under the direction of a faculty member in the Mathematics Department
- Present the results of the research in colloquium
- Receive departmental approval for the entire project
Secondary teacher certification program in Mathematics
Teacher certification in mathematics for sixth through 12th grades is available. Students planning to teach mathematics in secondary school should notify their advisor and contact the chair of teacher education advisor in the Tift College of Education.