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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Mathematics (B.S.)

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Program: B.S.
Department of Mathematical Sciences  
College of Arts and Sciences

Kettler Hall 200 ~ 260-481-6821

Programs leading to the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics help you prepare for employment in business and industry, teaching in secondary schools, or study for advanced degrees.

A Mathematics major prepares you for work in fields where a strong quantitative background is required, as well as for graduate study in the mathematical sciences.  In addition, if you choose to pursue a second major in secondary education, then you will be prepared to teach mathematics in middle/high school.

For information on earning a Research Certificate in Mathematics, see the Program Descriptions  section in this catalog.

For details on pursuing a second degree in secondary education to teach Mathematics in middle school/high school, see the School of Education Secondary Education  section in this catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this degree:

  • students will be able to reason mathematically and be good problem solvers
  • students will understand the role mathematics has played in solving important problems in a variety of disciplines, e.g. physics, engineering, and business.
  • students who complete the Mathematics major should understand the fundamental concepts in algebra and analysis, and understand the value of mathematical proofs, and be able to do simple proofs.
  • students who pursue the double major in secondary education should have mastered the fundamental concepts necessary to obtain certification to teach mathematics in the secondary schools.

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on-campus

Declaring this Major:

General Requirements:

Program Requirements:

  • A GPA of 2.00 or higher for all major department courses taken
  • Stricter GPA requirements apply if you are a double major in secondary education.  See Secondary Education .

To earn a B.S. with a major in Mathematics, you must fulfill the following requirements in addition to the General Requirements noted above.  

General Education Requirements: Credits 33

  • Click on the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements link above for details
  • A grade of C- or higher is required in each course used to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  • Click on the Purdue Fort Wayne College Requirements link above.  Go to Arts and Sciences Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree

English Writing and Speaking: Credits 6

  • See Part A in Arts and Sciences Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree for Speaking requirement

International Language: Credits 8

  • See Part B in Arts and Sciences Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree
  • If you are a Mathematics B.S. and Secondary Education double major then the International Language requirement is waived.

Core (Major) Courses: Credits 33

  • Of the MA courses numbered below 26100, only 16500, 16600, and 17500 apply toward the degree.
  • STAT courses must be numbered 49000 or higher to be counted toward the degree.
  • You must have a grade-point average of 2.0 or better with at most one passing grade less than 1.5 in courses used to fulfill the major requirements.
  • Stricter GPA requirements apply for student teaching eligibility if you are a double major in Secondary Education.  See Secondary Education .

Additional Specific Major Courses: Credits 9-10

Science Courses: Credits 11

Choose three science courses from list below- two of the courses must include a lab:

General Electives

  • Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 120.

Total Credits: 120

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.

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