College of Sciences and Health Professions

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Mathematics (B.S., B.A.)
At-a-Glance

Admission to major: MTH 181, MTH 182 with a grade of C or better in each

Minimum hours required for major: 46

Hours required for minor: 24

Special tracks: Actuarial, applied mathematics, pure mathematics, statistics, secondary teacher licensure

Teacher licensure: Yes

Student organization: Math Club

For further information: 216-687-4680 or http://sciences.csuohio.edu/dept/mathematics/

The department offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in mathematics. The mathematics requirements for the two degrees are identical; the difference between them is the number of science credits that are required (see below: B.A., B.S.).

Each course offered by the Mathematics Department is also designed to provide one or more of the following:

  • part of the mathematical component of a liberal education
  • the mathematical tools needed by students in business, computer science, education, engineering, and the biological, physical, and social sciences
  • training beyond the introductory level in the major areas of pure and applied mathematics

The core mathematics requirements for a Bachelor's degree form the fundamental building blocks for almost every field of mathematics. By choosing suitable mathematics electives, students may obtain bachelor's degrees that prepare them for mathematical work in business or industry, for the actuarial profession, or for graduate study in mathematics. The following tracks are offered in the B.A. and B.S. programs: general, actuarial, applied mathematics, pure mathematics, and statistics. In addition, a secondary teacher licensure is offered with the College of Education and Human Services. Computer Science students can readily double major in mathematics by taking appropriate courses. A mathematics minor is available as well.

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Major-Field Requirements

All mathematics majors must complete a minimum of 46 credits in mathematics. These credits must include the following courses:

The remaining 20 credits must be in mathematics courses numbered 300 or above (excluding MTH 326, MTH 327, MTH 328, MTH 329, MTH 330, and MTH347). Two of these courses must be numbered 400 or above (excluding MTH 421, MTH 431 and MTH 435).

A grade of C or better must be earned in each of MTH 181, MTH 182, MTH 220, MTH 281, MTH 286, and MTH 288.

For the Bachelor of Arts degree: A Mathematics major must complete a minimum of 11 science credits, distributed in one or any combination of the following fields: biology, geology, environmental sciences, chemistry, and physics.

For the Bachelor of Science degree: A Mathematics major must complete a minimum of 24 science credits distributed in one or any combination of the following fields: biology, geology, environmental sciences, chemistry, physics, and computer and information science. These 24 credits must include PHY 241 (or PHY 243) and PHY 242 (or PHY 244). Any courses in computer and information science used to meet this requirement must be courses that satisfy CIS major-field requirements.

Recommended Electives for Various Tracks

  1. Actuarial: MTH 301, MTH 323, and MTH 424
  2. Applied mathematics with emphasis on engineering and the physical sciences: MTH 301, MTH 311, MTH 401, MTH 434, and MTH 487
  3. Applied mathematics with emphasis on numerical computation: MTH 301, MTH 311, and MTH 487
  4. Pure mathematics: MTH 301, MTH 358, MTH 381, MTH 420, and MTH 434
  5. Statistics: MTH 301, MTH 323, and MTH 424
  6. Secondary school teaching: MTH 301, MTH 323, MTH 333, MTH 358, and MTH 401
  7. Another possible elective is MTH 493 (Special Topics in Mathematics). Its content varies widely from year to year; consult the Mathematics Department for current information. A student may also arrange to take an individual reading course (MTH 497) on an advanced mathematical topic not included in the regular course offerings of the department. Such reading courses are subject to departmental approval.

Prospective Mathematics majors should make every effort to complete 100- and 200-level mathematics courses by the end of their sophomore year. Otherwise they may have difficulty in scheduling required advanced courses and electives. Students who decide to major in mathematics should consult an adviser in the Mathematics Department early in the sophomore year to work out a program of advanced courses suited to their career objectives and capabilities. When preparing for this meeting, students should carefully consider the preceding recommendations.

Second Major for Computer Science Students

Students in either the CIS or CSC program who choose a concentration in mathematics can, by suitably choosing electives and with a few additional credits in mathematics, complete all mathematics requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in mathematics. See your CIS Department adviser and an adviser in the Mathematics Department for further information.

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Secondary Teacher Licensure

Students have the option of a single field licensure in mathematics. This licensure program requires coursework from the College of Sciences and Health Professions and the College of Education and Human Services. Contact the Mathematics adviser for required science courses. Contact the CSUTeach advisor Dr. Joanne Goodell for the education courses required for licensure or for information on the requirements for Post-Baccalaureate Secondary Teacher Licensure (216-687-5426 or Julka Hall 346).

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Mathematics Minor

A minor in mathematics consists of 24 credits in mathematics, including:

The remaining 8 credits must be in mathematics courses numbered 300 or above, excluding MTH 326, MTH 327, MTH 328, MTH 329 and MTH 330.

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Statistics Minor

Students interested in a career or graduate school that requires a research component involving data analysis should consider earning a Statistics minor.  The study of mathematics, psychology, sociology, biology, environmental science, health science, social science, among others, can be greatly enhanced by a minor in statistics.  Note that only MTH 323 can be counted for both the Mathematics major and the minor in statistics.

The Statistics minor consists of at least 19 credits of coursework including one of the following courses,

       MTH 147 Statistical Concepts with Applications
        MTH 323 Statistical Methods
        ECN 322 Statistics and Econometrics
        COM 303 Communication Inquiry
        PSY 311 Behavioral Science Statistics
        SOC 354 Quantitative Sociological Research
        SWK 305 Perspectives on Social Work Research II
        UST 404 Urban Data Analysis
        OSM 201 Business Statistics
        PSC 251 Introduction to Data Analysis
        or any other introductory statistics course approved by the Department of Mathematics;

and four courses consisting of:

  • MTH 347  Applied Statistics
  • MTH 421  Time Series Analysis
  • MTH 431  Categorical Data Analysis
  • MTH 435  Statistical Consulting and Programming
  • or a statistics course approved by the Department of Mathematics

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