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New Mexico State University

2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog


DEGREE: Bachelor of Science

MAJOR: Mathematics

In addition to meeting University and College requirements, students earning a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics must fulfill the core departmental requirements and choose from one of three emphases: General, Applied Mathematics or Actuarial Science and Insurance. Students must earn a grade of C- or better in all departmental and nondepartmental courses for any degree in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Requirements

Core Departmental Requirements

MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I

4 cr.

MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II

4 cr.

MATH 291GCalculus and Analytic Geometry III

3 cr.

MATH 279Introduction to Higher Mathematics

3 cr.

MATH 280Introduction to Linear Algebra

3 cr.

Notes

Some students may be able to bypass one or more courses in the calculus sequence 191-192-291. The calculus sequence, finite mathematics, and linear algebra provide knowledge that is basic to further work, and students are advised to complete them or their equivalent as early as possible.

Students planning to enter a graduate program in Mathematics should select the General Emphasis. In any case, such students are strongly advised to take both MATH 331 and MATH 332, since these courses are required by most programs, and should take as many as possible of the courses MATH 481, 491, 492. Students planning to do graduate work in Mathematics are encouraged to take French or German to meet the requirement of a second language.

Emphasis: Actuarial Science and Insurance

The emphasis in Actuarial Science and Insurance draws on courses from mathematics and business to prepare students for a mathematical career in insurance. The coursework in this emphasis focuses on the analysis of risk and its applications to insurance finance. Students fulfilling the requirements for the Actuarial Science and Insurance Emphasis earn a minor in insurance.

Departmental Requirements

MATH 331Introduction to Modern Algebra

3 cr.

or

MATH 332Introduction to Analysis

3 cr.

 

STAT 371Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I

3 cr.

STAT 470Probability: Theory and Applications

3 cr.

STAT 480Statistics: Theory and Applications

3 cr.

Departmental Electives

The Actuarial Science Emphasis requires also at least a 9 additional upper-division credit hours of approved courses prefixed MATH or STAT, excluding:

MATH 300Readings

1-3 cr.

MATH 313Fundamentals of Algebra and Geometry I

3 cr. (3+1P)

MATH 316Calculus with Hands-on Applications

3 cr.

MATH 400Undergraduate Research

1-3 cr.

MATH 402General Special Topics

1-3 cr.

MATH 459Survey of Geometry

3 cr.

STAT 400Undergraduate Research

1-3 cr.

Any special topics course MATH or STAT 301 and MATH or STAT 401 must be approved by the department for credit towards the major. At least 6 of the MATH and STAT credit hours must be numbered higher than 400.

Nondepartmental Requirements

ACCT 221Financial Accounting

3 cr.

ACCT 222Management Accounting

3 cr.

 

BLAW 316Legal Environment of Business

3 cr.

or

BLAW 385VConsumers and the Law

3 cr.

 

E E 161Computer Aided Problem Solving

4 cr. (3+3P)

ECON 251GPrinciples of Macroeconomics

3 cr.

ECON 252GPrinciples of Microeconomics

3 cr.

FIN 322Principles of Insurance

3 cr.

FIN 341Financial Analysis and Markets

3 cr.

One course from the following:

FIN 326Business Risk Management

3 cr.

FIN 323Life/Health/Employee Benefits

3 cr.

FIN 324Property and Liability Insurance

3 cr.

Two courses from the following Insurance Electives:

FIN 303VPersonal Financial Planning and Investing in a Global Economy

3 cr.

or

FIN 421Personal Financial Planning for Professionals

3 cr.

 

FIN 323Life/Health/Employee Benefits

3 cr.

FIN 324Property and Liability Insurance

3 cr.

FIN 391Finance Internship and Cooperative Education I

1-3 cr.

Emphasis: Applied Mathematics

The Applied Mathematics emphasis is intended to prepare students planning a mathematically oriented career upon graduation. The coursework in this emphasis provides a foundation in mathematics important in many scientific and engineering applications.

Departmental Requirements

MATH 377Introduction to Numerical Methods

3 cr.

MATH 392Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

3 cr.

MATH 471Complex Variables

3 cr.

MATH 472Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems

3 cr.

STAT 371Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I

3 cr.

STAT 470Probability: Theory and Applications

3 cr.

Departmental Electives

The Applied Mathematics emphasis requires at least 6 additional upper-division credit hours of approved courses prefixed MATH or STAT, excluding:

MATH 300Readings

1-3 cr.

MATH 313Fundamentals of Algebra and Geometry I

3 cr. (3+1P)

MATH 400Undergraduate Research

1-3 cr.

MATH 402General Special Topics

1-3 cr.

MATH 459Survey of Geometry

3 cr.

STAT 400Undergraduate Research

1-3 cr.

Any special topics course MATH 301 or STAT 301 and MATH 401 or STAT 401 must be approved by the department for credit towards the major. At least 3 of the MATH and STAT credit hours must be numbered higher than 400.

Nondepartmental Requirements

Majors choosing an Applied Mathematics emphasis must select a minimum of 12 credit hours of elective courses to form a coherent cluster in an applied area. Students may propose clusters subject to departmental approval. Examples of acceptable clusters are given below. A cluster must contain either C S 172 or E E 161. A major or minor in any of the following fields (along with C S 172 or E E 161) will also fulfill the Cluster Electives requirement: Computer Science, Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Economics and Finance.

Examples of acceptable clusters

Signals

E E 161Computer Aided Problem Solving

4 cr. (3+3P)

Nine credits from the following:
E E 280DC and AC Circuits

4 cr. (3+3P)

E E 312Signals and Systems I

3 cr.

E E 395Introduction to Digital Signal Processing

3 cr.

E E 496Introduction to Communication Systems

4 cr. (3+3P)

Structures

C S 172Computer Science I

4 cr. (3+2P)

or

E E 161Computer Aided Problem Solving

4 cr. (3+3P)

Nine credits from the following:
PHYS 215GEngineering Physics I

3 cr.

C E 233Mechanics-Statics

3 cr.

C E 301Mechanics of Materials

3 cr.

C E 315Structural Analysis

4 cr. (3+3P)

C E 365Intermediate Structural Analysis

1 cr.

Operations Research

E E 161Computer Aided Problem Solving

4 cr. (3+3P)

Nine credits from the following:
I E 311Engineering Data Analysis

3 cr.

I E 365Quality Control

3 cr.

I E 413Engineering Operations Research I

3 cr.

I E 423Engineering Operations Research II

3 cr.

I E 460Evaluation of Engineering Data

3 cr.

Algorithm Theory

C S 172Computer Science I

4 cr. (3+2P)

C S 272Introduction to Data Structures

4 cr. (3+2P)

C S 370Compilers and Automata Theory

4 cr. (3+2P)

C S 372Data Structures and Algorithms

4 cr. (3+2P)

Bioinformatics

BIOL 211GCellular and Organismal Biology

3 cr.

BIOL 211GLCellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory

1 cr. (3P)

C S 486Bioinformatics

3 cr.

Six credits from the following:
C S 172Computer Science I

4 cr. (3+2P)

C S 272Introduction to Data Structures

4 cr. (3+2P)

C S 370Compilers and Automata Theory

4 cr. (3+2P)

C S 371Software Development

4 cr. (3+2P)

C S 372Data Structures and Algorithms

4 cr. (3+2P)

Computer Systems

C S 172Computer Science I

4 cr. (3+2P)

Nine credits from the following:
C S 271Object Oriented Programming

4 cr. (3+2P)

or

C S 272Introduction to Data Structures

4 cr. (3+2P)

 

C S 371Software Development

4 cr. (3+2P)

Two courses from the following:
C S 370Compilers and Automata Theory

4 cr. (3+2P)

C S 474Operating Systems I

3 cr.

C S 475Artificial Intelligence I

3 cr.

C S 476Computer Graphics I

3 cr.

C S 482Database Management Systems I

3 cr.

C S 484Computer Networks I

3 cr.

C S 485User Interface Design

3 cr.

Emphasis: General

Students seeking a foundation in pure mathematics and flexibility in the curriculum are encouraged to pursue the General Emphasis. Students choosing this emphasis should work closely with a faculty advisor to select courses appropriate to their interests.

Departmental Requirements

MATH 331Introduction to Modern Algebra

3 cr.

MATH 332Introduction to Analysis

3 cr.

Departmental Electives

At least 18 additional upper-division credits of approved courses prefixed MATH or STAT, excluding:

MATH 300Readings

1-3 cr.

MATH 313Fundamentals of Algebra and Geometry I

3 cr. (3+1P)

MATH 316Calculus with Hands-on Applications

3 cr.

MATH 400Undergraduate Research

1-3 cr.

MATH 402General Special Topics

1-3 cr.

MATH 459Survey of Geometry

3 cr.

STAT 400Undergraduate Research

1-3 cr.

Any special topics course MATH or STAT 301 and MATH or STAT 401 must be approved by the department for credit towards the major. At least 12 of the MATH and STAT credits must be numbered higher than 400.

Nondepartmental Requirements for the Major:

NOTE: A grade of C- or better must be earned.

Majors in the General Emphasis must pass the second language requirement at the 212/214 level or above, as described in the College Degree Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.

C S 172Computer Science I

4 cr. (3+2P)

C S 272Introduction to Data Structures

4 cr. (3+2P)

Note: It is strongly recommended that mathematics majors in the General emphasis consider a minor or second major in an area that uses mathematics, such as physics or computer science. All programs should be planned with the guidance of a departmental advisor. More information is available at www.math.nmsu.edu