Disciplinary Major or Minor
(Bachelor of Science)
Professors — Gregory J. Davis (chair), Tian-You Hu
Associate Professors — Atife Caglar, David M. Dolan, Woo Jeon, Vladimir Kurenok
Lecturers — Theresa E. Adsit, Mary Guy, James Meyer
The Mathematics discipline has programs of study in two emphasis areas: mathematics and statistics. A student who elects a disciplinary major in Mathematics must choose an area of emphasis from one of these two programs of study.
Students choosing the emphasis in mathematics will focus their studies in a discipline which has been an important part of our intellectual heritage for centuries. Students select this area of emphasis if they are interested in mathematics for its own sake (pure mathematics) or as a tool for analyzing and solving real-world problems (applied mathematics). Graduates may use their skills in many careers, including fields such as engineering. Other typical areas of employment traditional for mathematicians are those requiring physics. Today, mathematical techniques are required in social, industrial, and management realms as well.
The emphasis in statistics provides applied courses in experimental design, multivariate statistical analysis, and applied regression analysis. Students also gain an extensive background in statistical computing. Students who wish to enter actuarial professions may prepare for the first two actuarial examinations by completing the calculus sequence, linear algebra sequence, and statistical theory sequence. Students who concentrate studies in statistics may find employment in business, industry, and government, as well as pursue further professional training in graduate school.
Program Entrance Requirements
The University of Wisconsin System placement examination in mathematics is used to advise entering freshmen about the level at which they should enter university courses. In rare cases, a student who has been accelerated and has mastery of high school calculus may, with advice of faculty, enter MATH 203 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II. Upon earning a "C" or better in MATH 203, an additional four credits are granted for MATH 202 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I.
Mathematics majors must choose an interdisciplinary minor. Examples are Environmental Science, Business Administration, or Information Sciences.
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