Mathematics is an excellent choice as a major or a minor. Graduates of our program go on to careers in industry, finance, teaching, and graduate school. Mathematics also builds your analytical thinking skills. We encourage you to try a course in our department early in your college career. The department of mathematics, computer science, and statistics has a wide variety of courses available to first-year students.
The Calculus Sequence
If you are considering mathematics as a major or minor, you should register for Calculus in the fall of your first year. Calculus is also an excellent choice for students interested in science or economics. The beginning calculus course is MATH 135: Calculus I (QLR).
If you have seen some calculus already, you should consider starting in MATH 136: Calculus II or even MATH 205: Multivariable Calculus. If you scored a 4 or a 5 on the Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam, you will receive AP credit for MATH 135 and should start in MATH 136; if you scored a 4 or a 5 on the Calculus BC exam, you will receive AP credit for both MATH 135 and MATH 136 and should start in MATH 205. Even if you did not take the AP exam or did not score a 4 or 5 on it, if you have some background in calculus, you can consider starting in MATH 136 or MATH 205. Students who successfully complete MATH 136 receive credit for MATH 135 as well, and students successfully completing MATH 205 receive credit for all three calculus courses. Feel free to contact any member of the mathematics faculty to discuss your background and plans.
If you plan to take calculus but feel you have a weak background in algebra, trigonometry, or other pre-calculus concepts, you can enroll in MATH 134: Pre-Calculus. This is an in-depth review of the mathematics needed to begin calculus. It does not fulfill the Mathematics/Foreign Language distribution requirement.
NOTE: To accommodate those students unsure of which course is appropriate for them, relocation within the sequence of MATH 134, 135, 136 and 205 is possible beyond the normal deadline for changing a course during the semester. Be sure to discuss your placement with your instructor early in the semester.
STAT 113: Applied Statistics is designed to introduce students to data analysis and statistical procedures in this increasingly data-driven world. The course is particularly appropriate if you are thinking of majoring in biology, psychology, economics, environmental studies, or other fields in which data analysis is important.
If you took the Advanced Placement Statistics Exam and scored a 4 or a 5, you will receive AP credit for STAT 113. You should consider enrolling in STAT 213: Applied Regression Analysis or one of the other upper-level courses offered by the department in statistics.
Other Options in Mathematics
The department also provides a rich range of options, other than those noted above, for students who wish to continue their study of mathematics. MATH 110: Concepts of Mathematics is an introduction to some of the significant ideas of mathematics. It is not recommended for students planning on majoring or minoring in mathematics.
Some of the department’s 200-level courses, such as MATH 280: A Bridge to Higher Mathematics, are open to ambitious first-year students. Please talk to a member of the department to find out more about these options.
Courses available this fall appropriate for first-year students, subject to the availability of seats, are:
- MATH 110: Concepts of Mathematics (QLR)
- STAT 113: Applied Statistics (QLR)
- MATH 134: Pre-Calculus (QLR)
- MATH 135: Calculus I (QLR)
- MATH 136: Calculus II (QLR)
- MATH 205: Multivariable Calculus, Calculus III (QLR)
- STAT 213: Applied Statistics II, Applied Regression Statistics (QLR)